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Legislative Update, 04/16/2019

Federal news

With President Trump’s renewed interest in health care, the Supreme Court might render a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act prior to the 2020 election. From CNN.

The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization. It’s passed in the House and awaits vote in the Senate. The National Rifle Association opposes renewal due to a new provision on gun restrictions for domestic abusers. From The New York Times.

Special interest groups use model legislation to introduce new bills, many of which become law, according to a two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic, and the Center for Public Integrity. Health-related model bills include The Asbestos Transparency Act (making it more difficult for those exposed to asbestos to take legal action) and Right to Try (allowing those with terminal illness to use experimental medicine). From USA TODAY. Video summary here.

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