The Louisiana governor said he will not support bills restricting transgender athletes or restricting trans minors seeking medical treatment. But Oklahoma’s House came up with a similar bill, while Texas lawmakers are being pressured by big corporations not to take the same steps.
The Attorney: John Bel Edwards does not support bills banning transgender athletes and limiting medical treatment
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday he will not support bills that would curb transgender athletes and other proposals that would restrict minors from pursuing transgender treatments. “I’m concerned about emotionally vulnerable people,” Edwards told reporters. The brief comments could spell the end of the accounts at the start of the second week of Louisiana’s two-month session. (Sentell, 4/19)
Oklahoman: Despite NCAA reprimand, Oklahoma House moves ahead on transgender sports law
Despite a warning that legislation restricting transgender participants from sports could hold future NCAA events out of Oklahoma, the state house filed a bill that would prevent transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. After more than two hours of fierce discussion and debate on Monday, the Oklahoma House passed legislation to prevent “male athletes” from participating in female sports in elementary schools, colleges and universities. The GOP-controlled House passed Senate Law 2. , stating, “Athletic teams designated for ‘women’, ‘women’ or ‘girls’ are not open to male-gender students.” (Forman, 4/19)
Dallas Morning News: Texas Business Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Oppose Anti-Transgender Laws
Texas employers are urging state legislators not to pass legislation considered anti-transgender, including bills that would exclude transgender children from participating in sports and from access to health care. Amazon, American Airlines, Facebook and IBM Corp. were just some of the more than 40 employers who opposed the bills in a letter released Monday by Texas Competes, a coalition of Texas companies in support of a more inclusive Texas. (Thompson, 4/19)
The Boston Globe: Activists see political motivations behind wave of GOP bills targeting transgender children
What does a wave of legislation targeting transgender children in state houses across the country have in common with the recent furor among Republicans over the “cancellation culture” and Dr. Seuss? More than you might think – at least according to LGBTQ rights advocates, who work to fend off the bills. They claim Republicans are now targeting transgender youth as a way to score political points with some of their base at a time when the party is out of power at the federal level and arguing over some of the fundamental policies that used to unite them – from fiscal conservatism to conviviality to big business. (Goodwin, 4/19)
In other news from the United States –
Anchorage Daily News: A 50-year collection of data shows Alaska’s indigenous people are getting cancer at higher rates. It also shows opportunities to save lives
Data in a new report published by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium shows that Alaska Natives currently has the highest incidence of at least one type of cancer – colorectal cancer – in the world. It also shows that although colon cancer rates among white people in the US have declined over the past 50 years, those rates have remained high among Alaska Natives, representing growing inequality. Cancer has long been one of the leading causes of death among Alaska’s indigenous people, at least since the late 1980s. But the new report contains more than 50 years of data that will eventually be used to track long-term cancer trends, and that could help save lives, researchers say. (Berman, 4/19)
AP: North Dakota supports family health care for fallen officers
The North Dakota government, Doug Burgum, signed a bipartisan legislation on Monday that will cover health insurance costs for the surviving spouses and children of aid workers who have died on the job. The bill, sponsored by Grand Forks Democrat Rep. Zac Ista, relates to law enforcement officers, correction officers, firefighters and other public emergency workers. Ista said 17 other states, including neighboring Minnesota, offer similar benefits to surviving families. (MacPherson, 4/19)
Fox News: Mayor of Los Angeles Proposes Basic Income Pilot Program of $ 24 Million in Budget
Eric Garcetti, the Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles, outlined the city’s budget starting July 1 and includes $ 24 million for a Guaranteed Basic Income pilot program that will provide 2,000 low-income families with $ 1,000 per month during the year . Fox 11 reported that Garcetti called the program the largest in the country and said families will receive the money, “without question.” “We bet that a small but steady investment for Angeleno households will bring big dividends to health and stability in our city and start a fire in our country,” he said. (DeMarche, 4/20)
The Washington Post: He raised more than $ 40,000 on Facebook to feed hungry neighbors during the pandemic. Now he owes $ 16,000 in taxes.
When Louis Goffinet, a high school science teacher in Connecticut, first started running errands for struggling families, he never expected to handle tens of thousands of dollars. Determined to help some elderly or fired neighbors last April, he appealed to his Facebook friends to give him a few dollars for an online fundraiser. To his surprise, that effort soon attracted hundreds of donors from around the world. By July, Goffinet had raised more than $ 30,000 and used the money to buy and deliver bags of food – as well as gas and renting assistance – for more than a hundred families in Mansfield Center, Conn. The bad news came in January, in an envelope from the tax authorities: he owed about half that amount in taxes. (Armus, 4/19)
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