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  • July 17, 2015

CA: Ride-booking company Uber faces suspension in California


An administrative law judge says Uber hasn’t been complying with state laws and has recommended that the company pay a $7.3 million fine and suspend its operations in California.

AK: Alaska governor says he'll expand Medicaid with executive power


Independent Gov. Bill Walker said he would use his executive authority to expand Medicaid to newly cover as many as 40,000 low-income residents. Earlier this year, the Alaska Legislature rejected Walker’s efforts to expand the program through the state budget process.

WI: Wisconsin Supreme Court ends probe of Walker's 2012 recall campaign


Republican Gov. Scott Walker won a legal victory after the state Supreme Court ended a secret investigation into whether his gubernatorial campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups during the 2012 recall election.

DE: Delaware governor vetoes bill to let students avoid statewide tests


Democratic Gov. Jack Markell vetoed a bill that would let parents remove their children from Delaware’s standardized testing, saying the legislation would undermine the only tool the state has to determine whether children are learning and schools are improving.

MT: Montana denies wedding license for polygamous trio


Montana officials have denied a marriage license to a man who sought to be legally married to two wives, saying nothing in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling making gay marriage legal across the nation would support such a union.

OH: Ohio governor signs bill overhauling how the state takes over failing schools


Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that drastically changes how the state can step in to run “failing" Ohio school districts. The bill creates a new CEO position, allows mayors to appoint school board members and gives the CEO power to override parts of union contracts.

MA: Massachusetts legislative committee OKs tougher public records law


A key legislative committee gave a green light to a bill updating and giving teeth to Massachusetts’ public records law, described as one of the weakest in the country.

FL: Florida sees surge in home schooling


The number of home schooled children in Florida jumped by 9.6 percent during the 2014-15 school year — the biggest increase in the past five years. The data suggest that many of those children live in households where siblings were already being home schooled.

PA: Philadelphia bans smoking in public housing


Roughly 80,000 tenants living in Philadelphia public housing will no longer be able to smoke in their homes. Public housing agencies in other major metropolitan areas, including Houston, Boston and Detroit, also have gone smoke-free in recent years. Maine banned smoking in public housing in 2012.

WA: Drought conditions, heat prompt Washington to restrict fishing


Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife closed or restricted fishing in more than 30 rivers to protect fish from warm water temperatures and drought-like conditions.

MO: Missouri must disclose supplier of death penalty drug, judge says


A circuit court judge said Missouri broke the law in not disclosing information about the pharmacies that mix the state's execution drug.