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Iowa’s Bill Against Big Tech Risks Economic Development

The legislation would block or remove government financial incentives from Big Tech companies that violate free speech by blocking conservatives from their sites. But many warn the bill could cost jobs and money.

By Rod Boshart, The Gazette  |  February 25, 2021
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Colorado Republicans Want to Change Election and Voting Rules

This session, Republican lawmakers have introduced five election-related bills regarding citizenship, recount requests and repealing automatic mail ballots. Democrats say the proposals are voter suppression tactics.

By Saja Hindi, The Denver Post  |  February 22, 2021
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Virginia May Require Police to Disclose Closed Investigations

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted to advance a bill that would require law enforcement to release criminal investigation files in an effort to improve police transparency.

By Alissa Skelton, The Virginian-Pilot  |  February 19, 2021
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Air Taxi Service May Land in Chicago as Early as Summer

An urban air mobility company, Blade, has plans to establish an air taxi service between downtown Chicago and O’Hare Airport. The service would use an electric-powered helicopter and would take only 5 minutes.

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune  |  February 19, 2021
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State’s Vaccine Plan Failed, Causing Disorder and Mistrust

Washington state’s vaccine plan failed to include basic logistics that would enable quick distribution to vulnerable communities. Now, the state must rebuild trust in the system that left many out.

By Mike Reicher, The Seattle Times  |  February 16, 2021
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San Antonio to Build EV Chargers in Controversial Deal

The City Council has okayed a contract with Blink Charging to build more than 140 electric vehicle chargers in 32 sites across the city. But concerns have been raised about the firm’s business practices.

By Diego Mendoza-Moyers, San Antonio Express-News  |  February 12, 2021
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Washington State Proposes Banning New Gas Vehicles in 2030

Lawmakers proposed two bills that would ban registration of new gas- and diesel-powered vehicles to further push the state towards EVs. The bills do not put end dates on ownership and the sale of 2029 or earlier gas models.

By Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times  |  February 9, 2021
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New Mexico Bill Would Wipe Utility Debt for Low-Income Homes

State representatives have proposed a bill that would clear 50 percent of debt owed by low-income utility customers in arrears and the other half would be paid through payment plans, giving many immediate relief.

By Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal  |  February 8, 2021
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Apple May Choose to Build Its Autonomous EVs in Georgia

While the decision hasn’t been confirmed, Apple could begin manufacturing its self-driving electric vehicles in a West Point assembly plant. The decision could be a big win for the state’s economic development efforts.

By Andy Peters, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  February 5, 2021
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Massachusetts Police Bill Grows into Robust Reform Package

The 129-page law includes a new oversight committee, an officer duty to de-escalate situations, limits no-knock warrants and bans chokeholds. Police reform advocates are pleased with the law and want to see it grow further.

By Abby Patkin, Wicked Local Metro  |  February 4, 2021
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Tennessee Charges into EV Market With Vast Station Network

State and local governments have partnered with Tennessee Valley Authority and other private businesses to establish fast-charging stations for electric vehicles every 50 miles along interstates and highways.

By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press  |  February 4, 2021
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