What We’re Reading: Top State Stories 10/3

  • October 03, 2016

WI: Federal judge orders investigation of Wisconsin voter ID procedures


A U.S. district judge ordered the state to investigate reports that Department of Motor Vehicles employees are misleading people who are trying to get free identification to vote. About 9 percent of voters in Wisconsin don’t have valid ID, and early voting has begun in some parts of the state.

US: How the insurance industry courts state regulators


An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that half of the 109 state insurance commissioners who have left their posts in the past decade have gone on to work for the industry they used to regulate — many leaving before their terms expire. Just two moved into consumer advocacy.

AL: Alabama chief justice removed from bench


The Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, more than a decade after he got in trouble for refusing federal orders to move a Ten Commandments monument.

KS: Federal appeals court says Kansas' 19,000 registrants can vote


The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order that removes any doubt about whether the nearly 19,000 Kansans who have registered to vote at DMV offices without providing proof of citizenship will be able to vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

NY: New York governor signs bill allowing pets to be buried with their owners


Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that allows New Yorkers to be buried with their pets at nonprofit cemeteries if the pets are cremated and the cemetery gives written consent.

AZ: Arizona plan to charge Medicaid recipients monthly contributions wins approval


The federal government approved Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan that requires Arizona recipients to pay into a health savings account for dental, vision and other services not currently covered by Medicaid. But it won’t require job searching or a five-year limit on benefits as the governor had sought.

TX: Texas withdraws from refugee resettlement program


Citing security concerns, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas no longer will participate in the federal program that helps thousands of refugees from around the world resettle. However, the move won’t stop the federal government from continuing to help refugees relocate in Texas.

OH: Ohio Supreme Court considers lifting secrecy in some grand jury proceedings


The justices are contemplating stripping some of the secrecy that shrouds Ohio grand juries by allowing members of the public to petition for release of proceedings in cases in which jurors choose not to indict.

LA: Louisiana governor to sue attorney general over LGBT protections


Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said he plans to sue Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry for blocking state legal contracts over language meant to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace.

SD: Growing number of South Dakota law school grads unable to pass bar exam


The sudden collapse in graduates in South Dakota who can pass the state bar exam is prompting fears that a shortage of lawyers in the rural part of the state could get worse.