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“I think Montana’s got an opportunity here to be a leader.”

Attorney General Austin Knudsen, urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that would ban TikTok from operating in the state, a move that’s bound to face legal challenges. The state House endorsed the bill 60-39 on Thursday; the Senate passed the bill 30-20 in March. If it becomes law, the ban would go into effect in January 2024. (Associated Press — April 14, 2023)

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  • The Arizona House Ethics Committee, in a resolution that calls for the expulsion of Liz Harris, a freshman lawmaker from Chandler, for inviting a witness to present false charges about lawmakers and other state officials and then, allegedly, lying about her involvement. A two-thirds majority of the state House voted on Wednesday, April 12, to kick out Harris. (NPR — April 12, 2023)
  • Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, regarding red flag laws that do not have a mental health treatment tied to them. Gov. Bill Lee has called upon the Legislature to pass a law that would restrict people who pose a threat to themselves or others from having access to guns in the wake of the Nashville shooting last month. (WPLN — April 11, 2023)
  • Shiva Rajbhandari, an 18-year-old senior at Boise High School and first-year Boise School District Trustee, in part of a tweet from his personal account, critiquing Gov. Brad Little for signing a law that bans gender-affirming care for Idaho youths who identify as transgender and nonbinary. Rajbhandari agreed to step down from the governance committee, and has since deleted the profane tweet and released a formal apology. (Idaho Statesman – April 10, 2023)
  • Nashville City Council Member Bob Mendes, regarding his pledge to reappoint state Rep. Justin Jones after he and Rep. Justin Pearson were expelled by Republican state legislators for staging a protest on the House floor that called for gun law reform. A third lawmaker, Rep. Gloria Johnson, also led the protest, but she survived expulsion by one vote; Johnson is white whereas Jones and Pearson are Black. The majority of Nashville’s 40-member council have vowed to reappoint Jones. (NPR — April 10, 2023)
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