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- It’s official! Californians will vote on twelve statewide initiatives this fall.
- What they won’t be voting on: data privacy. In order to head off a ballot measure, the California Legislature passed a sweeping data-privacy law on Thursday.
- The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday over whether a law that sets new limits on the use of deadly force by police should stand or appear on the ballot this fall.
- In order to prevent a “nuclear weapon” of a ballot measure sponsored by the soda industry that would threaten California’s ability to fund services, the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have passed a law that prevents municipalities from passing new sugary drink tax ordinances.
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law that establishes paid family leave, raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and modifies the state’s sales tax rules. The bill is the result of a “grand bargain” to avoid ballot measures on those issues.
- A measure headed to the Oregon ballot could make it harder for the state to raise revenue.
- North Carolina voters will decide on a constitutional amendment this fall that would shift power from the Governor to the Legislature.
- Arizona Democrats complained that Republicans are writing misleading descriptions of ballot measures on school vouchers and clean energy.
- The NRA is urging its Maine members to ask their representatives to support a bill that would introduce new geographic distribution requirements for ballot measure signatures.
- Montana lawmakers may convene a special session to “undercut” measures that are slated for the fall ballot.