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Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products

Nov. 21, 2019 10:45 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. The bill would also place a 75% excise tax on vaping products and require health insurers, including the state’s Medicaid program, to cover...

California agency predicts $7 billion state budget surplus

Nov. 20, 2019 7:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is expected to have a $7 billion budget surplus next year, but lawmakers were urged Wednesday not to spend all of it because a sizable chunk depends on an upcoming decision by the Trump administration as it feuds with state Democratic leaders. A report from the...

Cannabis, tax breaks, lead in water fill legislative agenda

Nov. 20, 2019 5:07 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s top legislators said Thursday that they plan to tackle big issues over the next eight weeks, including an election on marijuana, a new business tax break program and lead in drinking water. But the size of the tax break program and how exactly New Jersey would...

Georgia lawmakers start statewide gambling growth meetings

Nov. 20, 2019 4:29 PM EST

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia lawmakers studying the possibility of expanding gambling in the state are taking their show on the road. A House committee held a meeting Tuesday in Valdosta, noting that tax revenues on casinos, sports betting or horse racing could bolster the state’s HOPE scholarship...

Sparks pot lab’s license suspended over THC testing levels

Nov. 20, 2019 2:58 PM EST

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — State officials have suspended the marijuana license of a Sparks laboratory accused of altering THC levels during the testing of pot products, the Reno Gazette Journal reported Wednesday. The Nevada Department of Taxation issued an advisory on Monday saying Certified Ag Labs LLC...

Judge: Legislative lawyers can’t ‘pick sides’ in tax lawsuit

Nov. 20, 2019 2:16 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers have said they must find new lawyers to fight for a tax extension Republicans say is unconstitutional after a judge ruling. The Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday that District Court Judge James Russell ruled Tuesday that the Legislative Counsel Bureau cannot...

Wyoming governor’s budget would avoid cuts but use reserves

Nov. 18, 2019 11:39 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A two-year state budget proposed Monday by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon would avoid further agency spending cuts for now but dip into a reserve fund to make ends meet amid declining revenue. The $3.1 billion budget for 2021-2022 would also slash construction funding from amounts sought by...

WV lawmakers return, fast-track bills

Nov. 18, 2019 9:24 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are making quick work of their second special session after legislators say the governor sprung a series of bills on them with little warning. The House of Delegates and Senate on Monday approved a measure to stop expunging DUI convictions and passed a bill...

Norcross defends tax breaks at hearing where critic removed

Nov. 18, 2019 9:16 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey’s most influential Democratic powerbrokers disputed corruption allegations at a legislative hearing Monday where a woman organizing protests against him was dragged from the room by state police. George Norcross is an executive at insurance broker Conner Strong...

New Hampshire Democrats ski tax proposal divides State House

Nov. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill proposed by New Hampshire Democrats adding a tariff to residents buying ski lift tickets has divided the State House. The Concord Monitor reports the tariff would extend the state’s existing meals and rooms tax to lift tickets, adding a 9% tariff to passes. The incentive...