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Emma Coleman

Emma Coleman
Emma Coleman is the assistant editor at Route Fifty. Prior to joining Route Fifty, Emma was the senior communications manager and a policy fellow for New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative, where her research focused on data improvements to the reentry process for people returning to D.C. after incarceration. She holds a BA from Stanford University in international relations and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and is originally from Chicago.
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Tennessee Passes Measure Allowing Adoption Agencies to Deny Gay Couples

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Virginia passes Equal Rights Amendment … Utah governor stops distribution of condoms with local puns … Rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti file lawsuit against Mississippi prisons.

Public Safety

A State Could Open Up a Window for Adult Sex Abuse Survivors to Sue Over Old Allegations

Legislation introduced in the New York state legislature would create a one-year period for people to file lawsuits in cases where the statute of limitations has expired.

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Delaware Could Become First State with Statehouse Workers Union

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Temporary gun ban in Virginia capitol … Idaho lawmakers press for LGBTQ protections … California may purchase land for a new state park.

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Florida Lawmakers Want to Prohibit Jail Sentences for Missed Jury Duty

The legislation they introduced is inspired by the case of a college student who overslept on the day he was supposed to sit on a jury and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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Report: Detroit Homeowners Were Overtaxed by $600 Million

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | West Virginia Senate invites Virginia county to join the state … Maine governor vetoes sports betting legislation … California may consider constitutional amendment to deal with homelessness.

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Seattle Passes Campaign Finance Restriction Targeting Corporate Donations

The bill approved by the city council would prevent any company with 5% of its stocks held by foreign individuals or companies from donating to local elections.

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New Texas Law Bans Planned Parenthood from State Employee Charity Drive

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Washington state will consider CBD in food … Maryland governor introduces new anti-corruption legislation … Oregon attorney general announces a focus on labor trafficking.

Health & Human Services

For Rural Drug Users, Finding Clean Needles Might Mean Looking in the Mail

In places where needle exchanges are scarce or even illegal, one online, mail-based needle exchange is trying to get people safe injection supplies and overdose reversal materials.

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West Virginia to Pursue Research for Alternative Uses of Coal

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California may sell its own drugs to lower prescription costs … New York City will build a broadband network … Utah considers bill to require clergy to report child abuse.

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Court Hears Case Over Ban on Secret Recordings of Public Officials

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Voter photo ID law proposed in Kentucky … Maryland governor wants to sue Pennsylvania over environmental concerns in Chesapeake Bay … Fight over vacant house in Oakland.

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Equal Rights Amendment Clears First Step in Virginia, as Trump Administration Declares Effort Dead

A Justice Department opinion issued this week says the deadline for ratification has passed. Advocates say otherwise.

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California to Open Vacant State Lands for Homeless Shelters

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona legislators want to stop the sale of private land to the federal government … Boston mayor announces fund for housing construction … Kentucky attorney general promises movement on child abuse cases.

Health & Human Services

More States Considering a Cap on Insulin Costs

A new bill in Washington is similar to legislation passed in Colorado last year.

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California Legislature Considers $4.2 Billion Bond to Prepare for Climate Change

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Illinois won’t help municipalities collect red-light camera ticket fines anymore … Bill in Pennsylvania would shrink the legislature … Virginia governor backs bill to make election day a holiday.

Health & Human Services

Legalizing Marijuana Could Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic, New Research Says

New research found opioids were prescribed less often in states where marijuana has been legalized for medicinal or recreational use.

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Alabama Lawmaker Urges Expansion of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law to Churches

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York governor announces $45 million to fight hate crimes … Memphis mayor announces ‘public service corps’ … Protestors make demands for greater homelessness resources in Salt Lake City.

Public Safety

Another State to Consider Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders

A new bill introduced in Tennessee mimics legislation passed last year in Alabama that would require chemical castration of those convicted of child sex offenses as a condition of parole.

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Kentucky Attorney General Asks FBI to Investigate Former Governor’s Pardons

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Nebraska legislature considers law to protect teachers … Virginia governor wants statue of Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Capitol … New Mexico implements parental leave for state employees.

Health & Human Services

Five States Passed ‘Abortion Reversal’ Laws in 2019. New Research Found the Practice Can be Dangerous

A randomized study testing the safety of ‘abortion reversal’ had to be halted when doctors decided it became too dangerous for the participants.

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New York City Mayor Vows to Increase Police Presence in Jewish Neighborhoods

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma tribes file suit over casino contracts … Baltimore law barring “gag orders” of police settlements goes into effect … Illinois lieutenant governor buys mariijuana on first day weed is legal.