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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/14

Top State Stories 6/14

MI: Michigan health chief charged in Flint water probe

detroitnews.com

The head of the Michigan health department and the state’s chief medical officer are the latest to be charged in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water.

NJ: New Jersey governor announces deal on expunging criminal records, toughening 'ban the box'

nj.com

Republican Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a trio of bills that prohibit New Jersey employers from discriminating against people with expunged criminal records, accelerate some expungements, increase the number of convictions that can be expunged, and reduce the waiting period to expunge an entire juvenile record.

MO: Missouri Senate panel advances abortion regulations

usnews.com

A panel of Missouri senators advanced legislation to create new abortion regulations — including annual inspections of clinics — requested by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens in his call for a special session focused solely on abortion laws.

NV: Nevada governor signs 3 marijuana bills into law, vetoes one

lasvegassun.com

Medical marijuana cards will cost as little as $50, edible products will come in opaque, child-proof packages and a 10 percent excise tax on sales of recreational marijuana will be designated for Nevada’s rainy day fund. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill that would have allowed those convicted of past marijuana-related crimes involving an equal or lesser amount of what’s now legal to have that crime vacated from their criminal records.

TX: San Antonio breaks with other Texas cities, pushes to lower emissions despite delayed regulations

texastribune.org

San Antonio is forging ahead with plans to reduce emissions, despite the EPA’s announcement last week that the implementation of new, stricter standards for ozone levels in the air will be delayed until 2018. The push sets San Antonio apart from other Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, which have yet to meet the current emissions standard and aren't actively working to meet the stricter standard.

MN: Minnesota Legislature sues governor over legislative funding

twincities.com 

The battle between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota’s Republican-controlled Legislature over the governor’s veto of $130 million in legislative funding pits the governor’s constitutionally delineated line-item veto power against the Legislature’s constitutionally outlined independent power.

LA: Louisiana House budget panel agrees to amended budget plan

theadvocate.com 

The Louisiana House Appropriations Committee advanced a budget proposal that backs away from the chamber's push for the state to spend less money in the coming year, but would leave about $100 million in projected revenue unspent.

WI: Wisconsin bill would allow chiropractors to conduct physical exams for student athletes

madison.com

Students who need physical examinations for school activities could receive them from chiropractors instead of physicians under a proposal approved by the Wisconsin Assembly Health Committee.

PA: Philadelphia says soda tax revenue will fall short

philly.com

Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, in effect since January, has brought in $25.6 million. But city officials say it will fall short of a projected $46.2 million for fiscal 2017, which ends June 30. 

DE: New Delaware law makes high school dropouts do exit interviews

delawareonline.com

A new Delaware law requires that students over the age of 16 who wish to withdraw from school prior to graduation obtain written consent from their parent or guardian and attend an exit interview. Schools will inform the students about the potential consequences of dropping out of school, including a greater risk for unemployment and a lower earning potential.

OR: Oregon’s Medicaid enrollment system hit by IT troubles

oregonlive.com

A $166.7 million effort to automate Medicaid enrollment instead has led to delays for tens of thousands of Oregonians. The glitches mean the agency was dispensing billions in Medicaid payouts not knowing whether the recipients were sufficiently low-income to qualify. Nearly 300,000 have been kicked off the plan since March 2016, after the agency resumed verifying eligibility, state figures show.

NY: New York governor's initiative to protect tenants gets court backing

nytimes.com

A New York state judge has upheld the legal authority of the Tenant Protection Unit, a key initiative of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protect rent-regulated tenants from overcharges, harassment and intimidation by unscrupulous landlords.

NC: Deaf drivers in North Carolina could get symbol on license to help law enforcement

newsobserver.com

A bill moving through the North Carolina Senate would allow drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing to get a special symbol on their driver’s license, and add new training for law enforcement on how to interact with deaf people.

NE: Nebraska effort aims to get all fourth-graders to state Capitol next year

journalstar.com

A new program tied to Nebraska's 150th year of statehood aims to ensure every fourth-grader across the state gets to take part in a memorable ritual: visiting the Capitol.

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