AUGUSTA, Maine (Apr. 7, 2016) – In February, the Maine Dept. of Agriculture issued rules for hemp farming as required by a law passed last year. This means that the industrial hemp program is very close to being established in the Pine Tree State.Details
While many state legislators have been reluctant to pull their states out of the Common Core educational standards, a growing number of New Yorkers are taking matters into their own hands. Parents and students, with support from some teachers, are opting out of testing in growing numbers.Details
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 30, 2016) – Tennessee Lawmakers killed an important medical marijuana bill in 2016, effectively maintaining the unconstitutional status quo of federal prohibition in the state.Details
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 30, 2016) – Utah State House and Senate leadership maintained the status quo and enabled unconstitutional federal overreach during the 2016 legislative session, killing five bills that would have blocked the enforcement of unconstitutional policies. Several of the bills never even received a vote.Details
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Mar. 28, 2016) – Wyoming’s Republican state House and Senate leadership soundly protected the status quo by killing six bills that would have blocked the federal enforcement of unconstitutional policies.Details
PIERRE, S.D. (March 28, 2016) – South Dakota State House and Senate leadership maintained the unconstitutional status quo. It killed five bills that would have blocked the federal enforcement of unconstitutional policies, squandering several golden opportunities for common sense reform in the Mount Rushmore State.
The rundown of key legislation that failed in South Dakota this year is as follows:Details
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Mar. 25, 2016) – Maryland House and Senate committees killed two bills that would have set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. That leaves these gravely ill Marylanders with little hope of receiving what could have been life-saving treatments.Details
DENVER, Colo. (Mar. 24, 2016) – A Senate committee killed a Colorado bill that would have taken a small, but important, first step in setting the foundation to reject some federal EPA rules and regulations in practice.Details
ATLANTA, Ga. (March 24, 2016) – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal needs a lesson on the 10th Amendment after releasing a statement last week saying that any new laws allowing marijuana for medical use must come from the federal level, not the state.Details
New Mexico Legislature Maintains Status Quo: Enables Illegal Spying, Drug Prohibition, Other Federal Programs
SANTA FE, N.M. (March 24, 2016) – New Mexico State House and Senate leadership helped maintain the status quo, failing to take action against unconstitutional spying and the failed drug war in 2016. It killed four bills that would have hampered the federal enforcement of these unconstitutional policies, with several legislative acts not even receiving a vote in their respective chambers.
A rundown of key legislation that failed in New Mexico this year is as follows:Details