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  • May 27, 2015

TX: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas redistricting case

texastribune.org

The case involves whether Texas should use total population or voting age population when composing state legislative districts. The debate is especially pertinent in Texas, where some districts include many people living in the country illegally who are not eligible to vote.

NE: Nebraska governor vetoes repeal of the death penalty

omaha.com

Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill to repeal the death penalty, setting the stage for an override vote that will decide the fate of capital punishment in Nebraska.

MT: Appeals court sets strictures on state campaign contribution limits

billingsgazette.com

States may cap political donors' campaign contributions only if they can show that those limits are preventing corruption or the appearance of corruption, a federal appeals court ruled. The decision could make it more difficult for Montana and eight other states to defend restrictions on the amount of money donors can give to candidates in state elections.

RI: Rhode Island’s Raimondo to propose toll on 18-wheelers to fix bridges

providencejournal.com

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to announce a $1.1 billion plan to rebuild and repair bridges in Rhode Island. At the heart of the 10-year financing plan is a $700-million state revenue bond that would be repaid by a new user fee on big commercial trucks.

MI: Michigan bill that cuts cash assistance for truancy advances

freep.com

The Michigan Senate passed a bill that would remove cash assistance — about $386 a month — from families that have a child who is considered chronically truant. The family would not lose food stamps or housing benefits.

FL: Florida admits second mass data mistake

bradenton.com

For the second time in two months, the administration of Republican Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged it inadvertently released confidential personal data on Floridians, prompting the state to offer free credit monitoring services to protect people from being victims of identity theft.

CA: California Senate passes pay-equity bill

vcstar.com

The measure would give California the toughest law in the nation to ensure that women are paid the same as men for performing jobs that are substantially similar.

WV: 20-week abortion ban becomes law in West Virginia

charlestondailymail.com

A law prohibiting abortions 20 weeks after conception took effect Tuesday in West Virginia, despite Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s two vetoes over concerns that a court could strike it down. Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has vowed to defend the law against any legal action.

WI: Wisconsin Assembly committee to take up repeal of prevailing wage law

jsonline.com

Although an effort to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law failed in a Wisconsin Senate committee, an Assembly committee is making its own attempt to get rid of the law, which sets a minimum wage for public construction projects.

OH: Ohio lawmakers want to make rape of a spouse easier to prosecute

dispatch.com

Spousal rape would become more clear-cut and easier to prosecute under a new bill proposed by two state lawmakers. While rape by a spouse is illegal in Ohio, it is often difficult to prove in court because of “marital privilege” language in state law.

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