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Nebraska Gov. Signs Law Boosting Protections for Pregnant Workers

Pregnant workers will have the right to easier workloads and modified schedules under a new Nebraska law. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill to create better employment protections for expectant mothers. The law requires employers to acknowledge physical limitations of …

Texting While Driving Ban OK’d in Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma drivers could be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving under a bill passed overwhelmingly in the state Senate. The Senate voted 38-6 for the HB 1965, which now returns to the House for consideration. The bill makes …

Illinois Governor Looks to Reduce Worker’s Comp Costs

High on the list of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s legislative priorities is reducing the amount employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance. Illinois currently ranks 7th nationwide for the highest cost per $100 of salary, according to the Oregon Department of …

Missouri Bills Include Insurance Subsidies for Dairy, Agriculture

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed bills aimed at boosting Missouri’s dairy and $12.5 billion-a-year agriculture industries through insurance subsidies, scholarships, eased restrictions during parts of the year and other provisions meant to help crop and livestock farmers. One measure would …

Uber Urges Kansas Governor to Veto Bill Raising Insurance Costs

Ride-hailing company Uber says it will be forced to pull out of Kansas if the governor signs a bill increasing regulations on its drivers. The dispute over the bill, which passed both chambers on April 2, has grown increasingly acrimonious …

Floodplain Managers Group: Oklahoma Bill Threatens Flood Insurance

A group responsible for managing Oklahoma’s floodplains says bills moving through the Legislature that prohibit cities from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations could prevent the state from participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. The Oklahoma Floodplain Managers …

Oklahoma Prescription Drug Database Bill Signed by Governor

Doctors in Oklahoma would be required to check a new prescription drug database before prescribing certain addictive drugs under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. After the Senate voted 35-10 on March 31 for the bill, Fallin …

Nebraska Bill to Legalize Ridesharing Services Advances

A bill that would allow Uber, Lyft and other ride-booking services to operate legally in Nebraska is headed to a vote in the Legislature. The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee voted 5-2 to advance regulations for the smartphone-based services, which have …

Wisconsin Rideshare Bill Would Require $1M Commercial Coverage

Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced a bill that would impose statewide regulations on online ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The measure would require companies to apply for a $5,000 state license and carry $1 million in commercial insurance for …

Medical Marijuana Discussion Comes to the Texas Legislature

Calling it “an historic moment” medical marijuana advocates praised the filing of what has been deemed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in the Texas House. Introducing the legislation at a press conference on March 17, Rep. Marisa Márquez said “it’s time …