What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/8

  • July 08, 2016

OH: Spike in geriatric inmate population costs Ohio millions


Since 2010, the number of older inmates in Ohio has jumped 35 percent, from 6,185 to 8,347. Older inmates make up 16 percent of the prison population, but they are responsible for half of the inpatient and outpatient claims.

IN, KY: Planned Parenthood brings new challenge to Indiana abortion law


Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is bringing another challenge to the state's new abortion law. This time, the organization is claiming that requiring women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion procedure does not have any medical justification and creates a "substantial obstacle" to women seeking an abortion. 

TX: Three University of Texas professors sue to block campus carry law


In the suit, the professors say they teach courses that touch emotional issues like gay rights and abortion. The possibility of guns on campus could stifle class discussion, which is a violation of the First Amendment, the suit says. 

DC: In Washington, D.C., subsidized housing supports those raising their grandkids


A subsidized housing building in Washington, D.C., is one of a few in the nation offering services for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

FL: Florida AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to take up credit card law


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a dispute over a Florida law that has blocked businesses from imposing surcharges on customers who pay with credit cards. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the law violates the First Amendment.

ID: Idaho governor to chair group seeking end to Cuba embargo


The Idaho council is a group of state agriculture, business, finance, manufacturing, education and government officials who seek to build congressional support for lifting the embargo, chaired by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. So far, 10 other Engage Cuba groups have been formed in primarily Republican-dominated states since last year. 

AR: Initiative to shorten Arkansas legislators' term limits falls short of needed signatures


The proposed amendment would have shortened term limits to six years for state representatives and eight years for senators, with a total limit of 10 years for lawmakers. Those were the term limits in place before 2014, when voters set the limit for both offices at 16 years.

ME: Maine AG to take legal action against governor


Maine Attorney General Janet Mills will take legal action against the administration of Republican Gov. Paul LePage for violating Maine’s open meetings law. The apparently unprecedented move is in response to an April closed-door meeting of a special legislative commission on education that LePage hosted at the official governor’s residence, the Blaine House.

RI: Rhode Island governor signs package of bills on solar energy


Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a package of bills intended to position Rhode Island as a leader in the renewable-energy sector. Among the bills is an act to allow companies to lease solar arrays to homeowners and businesses, bringing Rhode Island in line with 26 other states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

AZ: Measure raising minimum wage to $12 seems headed to Arizona ballot


Supporters of a citizens’ initiative to raise Arizona's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 filed petitions to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.

WI: Wisconsin seeks broadband expansion in rural areas


The Broadband Forward! Community Certification, which requires that communities adapt to a common permitting process and fee structure, aims to make it easier for utility companies to expand broadband infrastructure in rural areas. But critics say more funding it needed.