What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/10

  • November 10, 2016

CA: California voters approve plastic bag ban


California's ban on single-use plastic carryout bags will stay in effect after voters narrowly approved the policy, which was approved by the state Legislature two years ago. A second measure, which proposed to create an environmental fund with proceeds from a 10 cent charge for alternative bags, was rejected.

NJ: New Jersey takes over struggling Atlantic City


The New Jersey Local Finance Board voted to take control of the assets and major decision-making in the struggling seaside gambling resort, which is half a billion dollars in debt.

KY: Republicans win the Kentucky House for the first time in 100 years


The Republican Party took over the last Democratic legislative bastion in the South by winning control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years.

OK: Oklahoma voters reject sales tax hike for public education


Oklahoma voters rejected a 1 percent sales tax increase that would have funded teacher pay raises, delivering a blow to the state's public school educators, who are among the lowest paid in the nation.

KS: Kansas voters retain five state Supreme Court justices


Kansas voters kept all five state Supreme Court justices up for retention on Election Day, rejecting an effort by crime victims, conservative political interests and anti-abortion activists to oust them.

LA: In Louisiana, college tuition hikes to remain Legislature’s job


Louisiana lawmakers will continue to set tuition and fees for the state's public colleges and universities after voters soundly rejected a constitutional amendment that would have shifted that power to the boards that run the schools.

AR: Arkansas governor outlines budget proposal


Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson outlined a budget that includes a $50 million tax cut, increases for education and foster care in Arkansas, and no allocation of money for legislative and executive General Improvement Funds.

VA: Virginia defeats right to work amendment


Voters in Virginia shot down a ballot measure that would have permanently banned contracts that require employees to pay union dues.

MO: Missouri voters support campaign contribution limits, voter ID requirements


Missourians voted to reinstate campaign donation limits and to require photo identification for future elections. They also approved a ban on expanding the reach of sales taxes to services such as haircuts or home repairs. Two proposed cigarette tax increases were rejected.

SD: South Dakota voters back cap on payday loans, expanded rights for victims


South Dakota voters have approved a ballot measure that caps the amount of interest and fees that money lenders can charge and another measure expanding the rights of crime victims.