This week, a focus in state capitals around the country remained on introducing, and in some cases advancing, various gun bills. Some states, such as New York, passed legislation to restrict gun use and sales, while others such as Ohio passed legislation to authorize arming school teachers. Additionally, a task force in California issued an extensive report on reparations, Colorado passed year round Daylight Saving Time legislation, and North Carolina could soon allow Happy Hours.
This week, a task force on #reparations in #California released an extensive 500 page report detailing the state’s role in 170 years of discrimination toward Black Americans. The report includes recommendations to right those wrongs through systemic policy shifts and “comprehensive” financial compensation.
Gov. Jared Polis this week signed “Daylight Saving Time Year Round” legislation into law. The bill would keep Colorado locked in daylight saving time, which it is in now, only if a federal law is enacted to allow states the option and at least four other states in the Mountain Time Zone also opt for year-round daylight saving time.
Governor John Carney and democratic leadership in the legislature this week announced a commitment to advance multiple gun safety bills before the General Assembly adjourns at the end of June. The package of bills include banning assault weapon sales, limiting high-capacity magazines, raising the age from 18 to 21 to purchase firearms, and more.
New York lawmakers this week passed a package of gun bills, including ones to raise the minimum age to buy a semiautomatic rifle to 21, ban most civilians from purchasing bullet-resistant body vests and revise the state’s “red flag” laws.
GOP state lawmakers approved legislation this week that empowers local boards of education to allow teachers to carry a gun in the classroom. Governor Mike DeWine has indicated his support of the bill.
Governor Glenn Youngkin signed five bills earlier this week that he says deliver on his commitment to enacting “common-sense solutions to make government work better for Virginians” and provide solutions for the Commonwealth’s business community.