Jun 18, 2019 - Politics & Policy

New York passes bill giving undocumented migrants right to driver's licenses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Monday that's designed to give undocumented immigrants the right to a driver's license, WKBW reports.

Details: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law the bill, sponsored by state Sen. Luis SepĂșlveda, soon after it passed 33 to 29, per the New York Times. That's just 1 more vote than the minimum required.

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New Jersey law requires companies to pay severance during mass layoffs

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

New Jersey on Tuesday became the first state to require businesses and corporations to provide severance pay in the event of mass layoffs after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed new legislation, AP reports.

Why it matters: With the fall of numerous chain stores in recent years, the law seeks to protect people who are left unemployed with little notice. It comes after the closing of chain Toys "R" Us last year cost 2,000 people their jobs in the state.

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Deval Patrick on the issues, in under 500 words

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Editor's Note: Patrick dropped out of the race on February 12th, 2020. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

Democrat Deval Patrick is a businessman and was the first black governor of Massachusetts. He has close personal ties to former President Obama and some of his closest advisers.

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Ralph Northam temporarily bans weapons from Virginia Capitol amid threats

Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) announced a temporary weapons ban for the Virginia Capitol and declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday that is eliciting "serious threats," Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Northam says he implemented the ban to avoid a repeat of Charlottesville, referring to the violence that followed a 2017 "Unite the Right" rally. That deadly event became a defining moment as white nationalism surged.

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