What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/12

  • May 12, 2016

IA: More Iowans are seeking vaccination exemptions


Despite efforts to dispel worries the shots cause health problems, 6,737 Iowa schoolchildren obtained religious exemptions to vaccinations this year. That’s up 13 percent from the year before and more than four times the number 15 years ago.

MN: Minnesota Senate approves paid leave proposal


The bill would extend 12 weeks of paid leave to new parents and sick workers, and set up a fund — paid for with a new tax on Minnesota employers and worker income — to replace lost wages. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees could opt out of the system.

MO: Missouri execution could be last for some time


Missouri has executed 19 men since November 2013. But the remaining 25 death row inmates have appeals pending or other reasons they will not face imminent execution.

DE: Delaware pushes stricter prescribing guidelines for pain pills


To prescribe more than an initial seven-day supply of opioids for an acute injury or procedure, Delaware doctors must check the patient's history in the Prescription Monitoring Program, present information about the risk of addiction and abuse, and get a patient's informed consent.

OH: Ohio bill would allow scoop shops to sell boozy ice cream


Rum and coke ice cream float? How about a dollop of bourbon ball ice cream? Making alcoholic ice cream is already legal in Ohio. It's also legal to sell it. But liquor laws now prevent a business from doing both. A new bill would change that.

MT: Montana court strikes down last piece of anti-immigrant law


The Montana Supreme Court has barred state officials from reporting the immigration status of people seeking state services, striking down the last piece of a voter-approved law meant to deter people who are in the U.S. illegally from living and working in Montana.

DC: Number of homeless families grows in District of Columbia


For the first time since the annual census began in 2001, homeless children and their parents in the District of Columbia outnumbered homeless single adults.

LA: Louisiana lawmakers approve 72-hour wait for abortions


Louisiana will become the sixth state to make women wait three days before they can have an abortion after meeting with a doctor. A woman in Louisiana currently has to wait 24 hours from the time she consults with a doctor and gets a mandatory ultrasound. That wait time will continue only for women who live 150 miles or more from the nearest abortion clinic.

GA: Many Georgia factory workers get public assistance


Nearly half of Georgia’s “front-line manufacturing production workers” — autoworkers, machinists, metal workers — receive public assistance, according to a report from the University of California, Berkeley. Nationwide, one-third of these workers get food stamps, Medicaid, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit or other government aid.

AZ: Arizona governor signs two gun bills, vetoes another


Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that allows guns closer to Arizona schools and penalizes cities with gun laws stricter than the state’s. The measure he vetoed would have allowed Arizona to join a compact with other states to develop uniform firearm transfer laws.