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NV: New Nevada law allows pharmacists to administer HIV prevention meds without prescription


Nevada will become one of the first states to allow pharmacists to prescribe human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention drugs to patients at risk of contracting the virus, as the state works to combat one of the highest rates of HIV diagnoses in the country.

OK: Oklahoma legalizes needle exchanges


Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed legislation to allow for privately funded needle exchange programs in the state for at least the next five years. 

AZ: Arizona newspaper takes state Senate, Cyber Ninjas to court for election audit records


The Arizona Republic has gone to court to demand records from the state Senate and one of its contractors to shed light on the audit of 2020 election results. 

DE: Mental health resources in Delaware schools would receive a boost under approved bill 


The legislation, which awaits the governor’s signature, calls for Delaware elementary schools to hire more counselors, licensed clinical social workers and school social workers for grades K-5. It also would allow for 250 full-time students for every counselor and 700 students for every psychologist, while prioritizing disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.

IA: Complicated rules delay grocery vouchers for some families in Iowa


Iowa state officials acknowledged that there have been bumps in implementing the grocery voucher program, which must follow complicated federal eligibility rules.

CA: Thousands of Californians could get an extra $100 a week in unemployment pay


An estimated 350,000 Californians who are self-employed but also work salaried jobs part-time can now potentially qualify for an extra $100 a week in unemployment payments—and get them retroactively.

VT: Vermont governor vetoes housing bill with rental registry, statewide inspection system


Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation that would have set up a rental registry

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