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Bill Requiring Statewide Annual Elevator Inspections Circulating in Louisiana

Louisiana doesn’t require regular safety inspections of elevators, and while some municipalities have set their own regulations, most parishes are without those rules. A bid to put Louisiana in line with other states that require annual checkups to make sure …

Florida Senate Passes Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights Legislation

The Florida Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation that creates a Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights that will notify consumers of their rights and responsibilities when filing an insurance claim. Senate Bill 708 also provides consumer protections for Floridians by addressing …

Rhode Island Legislation to Allow Digital Proof of Car Insurance

Motorists would no longer have to rifle through their glove compartment for proof of auto insurance under legislation pending before Rhode Island lawmakers. The bill would allow motorists to use their smartphones or other mobile electronic devices to offer police …

Alaska Legislation Addresses Wrongful Convictions, Compensation

A Fairbanks, Alaska, lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at preventing wrongful convictions and compensating those who are sent to prison but later exonerated. Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki says he wants the guilty to be imprisoned and for innocent people to …

New Legislation to Put Kansas Court Rulings on Time Limit

A key Senate leader is pushing passage of a measure that would restrict the amount of time judges in the Kansas court system could take before issuing opinions. Senate Vice President Jeff King said the bill would set a deadline …

Wisconsin Legislation Seeks Cell Phone Ban in Construction Zones

Drivers would be barred from talking on their cellphones while in a construction zone under a bill being circulated in the Wisconsin state Legislature. Republican Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, emailed the bill on Friday seeking co-sponsors. The ban would …

Wisconsin Senate Approves $136K for Wrongful Conviction

The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would increase compensation for a wrongfully convicted man. Robert Lee Stinson spent 23 years in prison for a Milwaukee homicide he didn’t commit. Stinson asked the state claims board for $115,000, or …

Oklahoma Governor Praises Legislature for Lawsuit Bills

Gov. Mary Fallin is praising the Legislature for the quick passage of nearly two dozen bills to overhaul the state’s civil justice code and says she plans to sign the measures “very quickly.” Fallin said Tuesday she has two weeks …

Senators Seek Ban on Renting Recalled Vehicles

Rental companies would be barred from leasing or selling vehicles to consumers that are under a manufacturer’s recall until the defect is fixed under a bill introduced Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators. Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski joined Democrats …

Oregon Senate Passes Immigrant Driver’s License Bill

The Oregon Senate has approved a proposal to grant short-term driver’s licenses to people living in the country illegally. The Senate approved the bill in a 20 to 7 vote on Tuesday. It now goes to the House. The bill …