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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/25

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/25

MI: Michigan governor signs 80-hour Medicaid work requirement law

detroitnews.com

Most adult Medicaid recipients who receive health care insurance through the Healthy Michigan plan will be required to work at least 80 hours a month or risk losing coverage under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

CA: More space for pigs, calves and hens? California voters will decide

sacbee.com

By 2022, egg-laying hens in California would need to be placed in cage-free housing under an initiative approved for the November ballot. Breeding pigs and calves raised for veal would also be required to have at least 24 and 43 square feet of floor space, respectively.

TX: Texas Supreme Court strikes down plastic bag ban; imperiling others

texastribune.org

The Texas Supreme Court handed a loss to local government, striking down a Laredo ban on plastic bags. The decision imperils about a dozen other cities' bans across the state.

WI: Wisconsin, DOJ reach agreement over absentee ballots

jsonline.com

Wisconsin will update its process of sending absentee ballots to overseas voters after reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Wisconsin law differentiated between voters who were overseas temporarily and permanently, a distinction that determined how individuals received their absentee ballots.

CO: Colorado public pension system rescued from the fiscal brink

denverpost.com

Since lawmakers enacted legislation in May that cut retirement benefits and increased contributions, Colorado's public pension fund's fiscal stability has improved dramatically. A strong stock market also helped.

NC: Crime victims would get new rights under proposed amendment

newsobserver.com

The North Carolina Senate is moving forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would add more protections and rights for crime victims in the legal process. The amendment would go before voters in November.

AZ: Arizona prisons boss found in contempt over inmate care

apnews.com

A judge found Arizona's prisons chief to be in civil contempt of court and fined the state $1.4 million for failing to adequately improve health care for inmates. The decision stems from the state's acknowledged failure to follow through on some improvements that it promised in 2014 when it settled a lawsuit over care.

ID: Hundreds of new Idaho laws to take effect

magicvalley.com

Tougher trespassing laws and expanded "stand your ground" protections for those who kill while defending home, a workplace or occupied vehicle take effect July 1 in Idaho. They are among hundreds of new pieces of legislation taking effect.

DC: Proposed rules for assisted living facilities in D.C. spark outcry

washingtonpost.com

One District of Columbia Council member withdrew her support for a bill that would update laws regulating assisted living facilities. The bill’s most contentious provision would prohibit assisted living residences from admitting anyone who “is or has ever been diagnosed with moderate to severe dementia.”

NY: New York missed out on $425M worth of Medicaid drug rebates, audit finds

timesunion.com

A new audit found that New York state health officials did not take steps to ensure that drugs offered under a new managed care program were identified and processed for rebate invoicing.

WY: Wind energy boom in Wyoming raises housing concerns

trib.com

As wind development projects boom in rural Wyoming, some officials are wondering where workers are going to live. The state Industrial Siting Council may offer counties funding to help.

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