What We're Reading: Top State Stories 12/5

  • December 05, 2017

US: 13 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law

apnews.com

More than a dozen states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. The lawsuit argues that California’s requirements violate the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law.

MO: Missouri close to licensing sports fantasy websites

stltoday.com

Missouri could issue its first licenses to fantasy sports websites FanDuel and others this week under a 2016 consumer protection law passed by the Legislature.

NV: Nevada gaming leaders to revisit issue of pot conventions

reviewjournal.com 

Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee will reconvene early next year to discuss if and how casino companies can host conventions and trade shows about marijuana without running afoul of federal law. Committee members also made it clear they have no appetite for allowing marijuana to be consumed at casino resorts.

NE: ACLU sues to block Nebraska executions, challenges governor

reuters.com

A new lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska says the 11 men on Nebraska’s death row cannot be executed because a voter referendum backed by Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts to overturn a 2015 repeal of capital punishment failed to restore their death sentences.

PA: Pennsylvania House moving to limit abortion after 20 weeks

meadvilletribune.com

A measure to tighten Pennsylvania’s legal limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks is moving through the state House, setting up a showdown with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who has vowed to veto it if it reaches his desk.

IA: Iowa Secretary of State set to mail 123,000 new voter ID cards

desmoinesregister.com

The office tasked with overseeing Iowa's elections said roughly 123,000 voter ID cards will be mailed out as part of its efforts to implement a new voter identification law passed earlier this year by the Iowa Legislature. That law will require Iowans to show a valid form of ID at the ballot box beginning with the 2019 elections.

CA: Uber broke California law by concealing massive data hack, L.A. city attorney says

latimes.com

Uber violated a California law that requires companies to report hacks “in the most expedient time possible” by waiting more than a year to disclose an October 2016 data breach, according to a lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles city attorney. Instead, the suit alleges, the company paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy data, pressured them to sign nondisclosure agreements and portrayed the ransom as a payment to test the vulnerabilities of the company’s data security systems.

MI: Michigan governor signs medical marijuana rules

detroitnews.com

Under one of dozens of new medical marijuana administrative rules approved by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, marijuana pot shops that were approved by their local municipal government prior to Dec. 15 can stay open until the state issues or denies them a license. That’s the same date Michigan dispensaries, growers and other pot enterprises can submit applications to the state to operate legally.

WI: GOP bill would leave some sexual harassment victims with little recourse in Wisconsin's courts

jsonline.com

Victims of workplace discrimination in Milwaukee and Madison would have fewer ways to win money from their employers, under legislation being drafted by GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin. The measure would limit discrimination claims made under local city ordinances and also pre-empt local governments like Milwaukee from requiring higher wages for city contractors or other higher standards for employers.

TX: Texas heads back to federal appeals court in long-winding voter ID fight

texastribune.org

A federal appeals court will hear arguments over Texas’ recent revisions to its 2011 voter ID law, which federal courts said discriminated against Hispanic and black voters. Previous voter ID requirements were considered among the toughest in the nation.

KY: Nine of the 30 poorest counties in U.S. are in Eastern Kentucky

kentucky.com

Kentucky as a whole had the fifth-highest poverty rate at 18.2 percent, behind Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico and Washington, D.C., according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

FL: Is scholarship program a remedy for school bullying? Some Florida lawmakers think so

miamiherald.com

A group of Florida legislators wants to create a program to help any student who has been bullied or assaulted transfer to a private school, regardless of their family’s income.

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