What We’re Reading: Top State Stories 6/9

  • June 09, 2016

OH: Ohio governor signs medical marijuana law

cleveland.com

Republican Gov. John Kasich made Ohio the 25th state to allow medical marijuana by signing a bill to establish a strictly regulated program that gives patients an "affirmative defense" against prosecution for possession charges if they have written permission from their doctor to use it.

LA: Louisiana governor signs “ban the box” bill

nola.com

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed "ban the box" legislation blocking state employers from asking about job applicants' criminal histories before interviews. Louisiana joins 23 other states in banning the criminal history box.

WA: Washington superintendent: Time to discuss closing public schools

seattletimes.com

The state’s superintendent of schools said in a court filing that Washington’s Supreme Court should consider closing the state’s public schools until the Legislature gets serious about fully and equally funding them.

WV: West Virginia governor vetoes budget, opens door to compromise

wvgazettemail.com

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed what he called a “reckless” budget bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature, and said he has a deal with the Senate for a 65-cent increase in cigarette taxes to help close a $270 million budget hole.

CT: Computer error means 50,000 incorrect tax bills in Connecticut

courant.com

The Department of Motor Vehicles admitted that about 50,000 incorrect car tax bills will be mailed to Connecticut drivers as a result of its continuing computer nightmare.

NY: New York governor seeks fix to “rampant” campaign finance problems

nytimes.com

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a late push in the legislative session to tighten restrictions on New York election laws governing money given to candidates through so-called independent expenditure committees.

OK: Oklahoma regulators rule quake insurance market noncompetitive

reuters.com

Regulators in Oklahoma, which has been faced with a surge in small earthquakes linked to oil and gas production, said consumers have been charged “excessive" prices for earthquake insurance after recent rate hikes.

MN: Minnesota takes big step to improve safety on farms

startribune.com

Minnesota will have the nation’s best-funded tractor safety plan now that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has signed off on legislation that creates the state’s first program to help farmers add rollover protection to aging machines.

DC: District of Columbia proposes new standards for private security guards

washingtonpost.com

District of Columbia officials are proposing tougher hiring and training standards for private security guards who carry weapons and have limited arrest powers.

PA: National payday loan standard could weaken Pennsylvania policy

mcall.com

Proposed federal regulations on small loans are weaker than existing Pennsylvania standards, leaving some consumer advocates worried that lawmakers will be encouraged to modify the stringent state law.

TX: Texas doctors, telemedicine companies meet to plot new course

texastribune.org

Texas doctors' groups and the telemedicine industry hope to hammer out a compromise over the state's rules governing long-distance health care by the end of the summer. Last year, the state passed a rule requiring most physicians to meet patients face-to-face before treating them remotely, but the regulations are tied up in court.

MO: Missouri could be the show-down state for money in politics this fall

billmoyers.com

Eight years after Missouri legislators tossed out the state’s campaign-donation limits, a well-funded effort is underway to give the state’s voters a chance to partially reinstate them this fall.

NC: North Carolina governor to Legislature: Reinstate funding for light rail

newsobserver.com

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said that he wants to see funding restored for the Durham-Chapel Hill light rail line as legislators negotiate a final budget.

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