This week, several states have moved forward with bills that would increase minimum prison sentences for fentanyl distribution, and for drug distribution that results in the overdose and death of a user. Additionally, New York’s governor is targeting the state’s illicit cannabis market, and policies relating to the construction of affordable housing units reached fruition in Connecticut and Oregon.
And don’t forget to check out this week’s DMGS posts highlighting cryptomining and coastal ecosystem protections.
Alabama lawmakers are considering a bill that would institute mandatory prison sentences for fentanyl distribution.
A judge of Genesee County has approved a $626 million settlement in the Flint water crisis; Flint will pay $20 million, a regional medical center will pay $5 million, and Michigan will pay $600 million to compensate residents.
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives has approved a measure to expand the legal supply capacity of the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries and allow residents to grow their own cannabis in their homes.
North Dakota’s House of Representatives sent a measure to Governor Doug Burgum (R) that would ban school districts from creating policies that accommodate transgender students and respect their preferred pronouns without the permission of parents.
Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to add a special marker to driver’s licenses and license plates (with the volition of the driver) to indicate if the driver is on the autism spectrum.
Governor Spencer Cox (R) signed a bill that bans conversion therapy in the state of Utah, with exceptions for someone who is “both a health care professional and a religious advisor… acting substantially in the capacity of a religious advisor” or for health care professionals who are related to their client.
Vermont’s House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that would impose storage restrictions and a 72-hour waiting period on gun purchases. Governor Phil Scott (R) has suggested he might veto the measure.
Wisconsin’s Senate and Assembly approved bills that would clarify the definition of a “violent crime,” increase penalties for reckless driving, and allow people living in the U.S. under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program to become law enforcement officers.