What We’re Reading: Top State Stories 10/6

  • October 06, 2017

CA: California becomes 'sanctuary state' in rebuke of Trump immigration policy


Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.

MA, NJ: Opioid maker sued by New Jersey, settles with Massachusetts


New Jersey accused Insys Therapeutics Inc. of engaging in a fraudulent scheme to boost sales of a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug, as Massachusetts announced a $500,000 settlement with the drugmaker to resolve similar allegations.

NV: Nevada tries to crack down on charity scammers in the wake of Las Vegas shooting


Nevada’s attorney general is working with the GoFundMe website to battle scammers attempting to obtain donations intended for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The website has established a link to vetted charity efforts.

RI: Rhode Island governor signs series of bills to overhaul criminal-justice system


The bills signed by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo are aimed at overhauling Rhode Island’s criminal sentencing laws and reducing the prison population. The bulk of parole and probation resources will be directed to offenders who are most at risk of re-offending, and judges will be able to enter into diversion pacts with substance abuse and mental health counseling and other conditions.

AZ: Arizona lottery glitch leads to repeat numbers, refunds


The Arizona Lottery is offering losing ticket refunds or exchanges from four games held over a recent six-day period because a machine used for the drawings generated the same winning numbers in consecutive games.

DC: D.C. will not appeal concealed carry ruling to Supreme Court


Washington, D.C., officials will not appeal a court order blocking enforcement of the city’s restrictions on carrying concealed guns in public, setting the stage for what could be a marked increase in firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital.

PA: Pennsylvania attorney general files suit against student-loan company


The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office filed suit against Navient, the largest U.S. student-loan servicer, alleging widespread abuses and deceptive acts involving its administration of student loans. The company already is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed this year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Washington state and Illinois also have sued the company.

HI: Hawaii to conduct homeless sweeps in parks near Honolulu


Hawaii sheriff’s deputies this weekend are scheduled to clear out an estimated 180 homeless people living illegally in Kakaako Waterfront Park and others in the area, while teams of social service workers simultaneously offer services including shelter beds — a scene that has unfolded repeatedly in recent years.

OK: Oklahoma tax hikes boost September revenue


A recent increase in the tax rate on oil and gas production helped lift September collections to $1 billion last month, 7.7 percent higher than Oklahoma collected in September 2016. Lawmakers are discussing another tax increase to help plug a budget hole.

NH: More in New Hampshire working past 65, which could be good news for businesses looking to hire


In 1994, 3.4 percent of New Hampshire’s labor force was between the ages of 65 and 74. In 2016, that percentage had almost doubled to 6.3 percent.

MD: Governor orders improved Maryland cybersecurity plan


Republican Gov. Larry Hogan instructed his Office of Homeland Security to implement an updated cybersecurity plan to ensure that Maryland is prepared for current threats of electronic mischief.

WI: GOP bill would force Wisconsin police to share student records


Police in Wisconsin would have to notify school administrators whenever they arrest a student for a violent crime and teachers could end their contracts without penalty if students attack them under a Republican proposal that would relax juvenile criminal record confidentiality.

DE: Child care center owners: Delaware not fulfilling commitment to kids


Unless Delaware invests more in early childhood education, child care providers say they may soon drop out of a program intended to increase access to early childhood education for low-income kids.