What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/20

  • November 20, 2015

MA: Massachusetts attorney general proposes fantasy sports regulations


Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, proposed regulations for daily fantasy sports companies to operate in the state, including raising the age minimum for participants and excluding college sports.

CA: California budget surplus likely


California—which only a few years ago had a $26 billion deficit—is set to end the next fiscal year with a $11.5 billion surplus. Republicans and Democrats disagree on what to do with the extra money.

MO: St. Louis County cities challenge constitutionality of Missouri municipal court law


Twelve cities in St. Louis County, and the mayors of two others, have filed a lawsuit challenging Missouri’s new municipal court reform law, which lowers the limit on the amount of cities’ annual general operating revenue that can come from fines, forfeitures and court costs stemming from minor traffic violations.

FL: Florida House to vote on campus-carry legislation


When Florida’s House reconvenes in January, it will vote on a plan to allow guns on 40 public college and university campuses.

AK: Alaska finalizing rules on marijuana trade


Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board is considering banning marijuana social clubs, allowing local governments to protest license applications for marijuana establishments, and setting a low serving-size potency for edibles.

TX: Texas state troopers to ask drivers their race


The Texas Department of Public Safety will change the way it records the race of stopped motorists after it was discovered troopers habitually misidentify Hispanics as white in traffic data. The move is meant to increase the accuracy of state statistics used to monitor racial profiling.

KY: Kentucky state pension fund drops to only 19 percent funded


The Kentucky public pension fund that covers about 120,000 state government workers and retirees continued its rapid decline in fiscal 2015, ending with only 19 percent of the assets it’s expected to need to pay for its future liabilities.

SC: Road map to better rural schools emerges from South Carolina study


A road map for complying with a South Carolina Supreme Court order to provide students in poor, rural school districts with an adequate education emerged after a year’s work by a task force studying potential solutions.

MN: Minnesota commission backs shorter sentences for lesser drug offenses


A commission has set in motion major cuts to prison sentences for many drug offenders, a move that would put Minnesota's drug laws more in line with other states and reduce a prison population that's stretching the state's facilities.

NE: Nebraska plans 2016 launch for tax-free savings for people with disabilities


Nebraska is forging ahead to create tax-free savings plans for people with developmental disabilities, despite a regulatory dispute with the federal government.

ND: Number of North Dakota HIV infections rises sharply


The number of newly reported cases of HIV in North Dakota almost tripled from 2010 to 2014, partly reflecting the state's population growth. 

AZ: Arizona school funding plan would raise taxes for some


Although Republican Gov. Doug Ducey touts his education funding plan as a way to put more money into Arizona classrooms without raising taxes, the plan will raise taxes for some Arizonans.

IN: Indiana agency votes against 'baby boxes'


Indiana had been poised to become the first state to permit the use of newborn safety incubators to temporarily shelter babies abandoned by their parents. Now, a state commission wants to focus on better educating the public on Indiana's Safe Haven Law.