Gag order bill signed

 

A bill to block local governments and schools from putting out information on ballot issues 60 days before an election has been signed into law. The governor signed the controversial legislation Wednesday but expects lawmakers to send him a trailer bill that makes some changes. Opponents of the legislation say the measure is too broadly written and could cause unintended problems. They also say the bill is effectively a gag order on local government and schools. The legislation was the last measure passed in 2015. It was swiftly taken up and voted on in a late night session before lawmakers left for the holiday break.