What We're Reading: Top State Stories 3/25

  • March 25, 2016

GA: Hollywood studios threaten to boycott Georgia if controversial law signed

usatoday.com

A growing list of entertainment companies and big-league sports organizations are speaking out because the Georgia Legislature just passed, and the governor may sign, a new law that supporters say promotes "religious liberty." Opponents say it would make it legal to discriminate against gay people in the name of religion.

IN, ND: Indiana governor signs abortion restrictions into law

usatoday.com

The new restrictions signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence make Indiana the second state after North Dakota to prohibit a woman from seeking an abortion because her fetus was diagnosed with a disability such as Down syndrome. They also prohibit abortions based on the gender or race of a fetus, and require the remains of miscarried or aborted fetuses to be interred or cremated.

AZ: Angry Arizona voters demand: Why such long lines at polling sites?

nytimes.com

Long lines to vote in Tuesday’s Arizona primary point toward potential problems nationally, as 16 states will have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election.

US: TB cases increase in U.S. for first time in 23 years

washingtonpost.com

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia each had more cases of tuberculosis in 2015 than 2014, raising questions about a possible resurgence of one of the world's deadliest diseases.

SC: South Carolina House approves $1,000 reward for killing coyotes

thestate.com

South Carolina is a step closer to going to war with Wile E. Coyote. The House has approved a coyote-bounty program as part of the state budget.

AR: Welfare drug tests to start in Arkansas

arkansasonline.com

Arkansas officials soon will start a statewide program of drug-screening and testing the heads of thousands of needy Arkansas families who apply for and receive government aid.

KY: Kentuckians may need new driver’s licenses if they want to fly

kentucky.com 

Kentuckians who want to fly anywhere in the United States would have to pay $48 to get a new driver's license beginning in 2019 under a bill that is moving through the Legislature to comply with federal requirements. Otherwise, they will have to carry a passport, which costs $135.

OH: Ohio alerts agencies to rebates for drug overdose antidote

ohio.com

Ohio police chiefs, sheriffs and other first responders can now get rebates on naloxone, an antidote to heroin and opioid overdoses. The state struck a deal with the drug manufacturer for the rebates in an effort to make the antidote more available and try to stem what’s now become the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

TX: More Texans seeking gun licenses

dallasnews.com

The Texas Department of Public Safety received 136,000 requests for licenses in December, January and February. That’s a nearly 140 percent increase over the 57,000 applications submitted in the same period the year before.

LA: Governor’s proposed cut to Louisiana’s safety net hospitals lower than expected

nola.com

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to close the state's $70 million budget shortfall will cut funding to Louisiana’s safety net hospitals by about $18.5 million, with University Medical Center in New Orleans taking a $6.4 million hit. The cuts are smaller than what was projected last month, when hospitals threatened to walk away from their state contracts to treat the poor and uninsured.

DE: Delaware Senate passes changes to ‘three-strikes’ sentencing law

delawareonline.com

The Delaware Senate passed legislation that would reduce some, but not all, mandatory sentences for repeat offenders and would allow for a review process for those who are currently imprisoned on such sentences, with the possibility of having the sentences reduced.

MI: Michigan Senate approves emergency funds for Detroit schools

reuters.com

The Michigan Senate approved a $48.7 million emergency spending package that would allow the cash-strapped Detroit public schools to continue operating this year.

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