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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/23

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/23

CA: California hit its climate goal early — but its largest source of pollution keeps rising

latimes.com

California hit its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels four years early, a milestone regulators and environmentalists are cheering. But while emissions from electricity generation have plunged, transportation pollution is rising, and other key industries are flat. 

MI: Michigan law doesn't protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, attorney general says

freep.com

Michigan's civil rights law does not protect gay and transgender people from discrimination, according to the Republican state attorney general's formal opinion. Though legal views differ on the force of attorney general opinions in Michigan, they are generally considered binding on state agencies and officers.

MN: Minnesota's criminal justice system failing rape victims, report finds

startribune.com

Sexual assault cases in Minnesota are being investigated poorly or not at all, leaving many women feeling betrayed by a system they once trusted, a Star-Tribune investigation found. The review of more than 1,000 sexual assault cases filed in a two-year period revealed chronic errors and investigative failings by law enforcement.

NM: New Mexico educators hopeful for more funding after judge's decision

santafenewmexican.com

Many school administrators and teachers around New Mexico saw cause to rejoice in a court ruling that said the state is not funding schools well enough to ensure a good education and must “remedy” schools by April. The state has 28 days to appeal the ruling.

FL: Youth voter registration went up 41 percent in Florida after Parkland

miamiherald.com

A significant number of young people are registering to vote in Florida, and they could tilt this year’s midterm elections in the nation’s largest swing state, according to a new analysis of voter registration patterns by a data firm that works on behalf of Democrats.

CO: Colorado over budget for fighting wildfires, governor says

cpr.org

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a radio interview that the state budgeted some $25 million for fighting wildfires this year but has probably spent close to $36 million. This summer Colorado endured the fourth-largest wildfire in its history.

NJ: Governor signs New Jersey beach, park smoking ban

northjersey.com

Say goodbye to cigarette butts in the sand. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a revision of the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act that will ban smoking on public beaches and in public parks. The law will go into effect early next year.

TX: Texas lawmaker asks Trump to renegotiate water agreement with Mexico

texastribune.org

A Texas Republican lawmaker, state Rep. Lyle Larson, is asking President Donald Trump to renegotiate a long-standing agreement between the United States and Mexico that dictates how to divvy up water in the Rio Grande and Colorado rivers. Larson contends that Mexico has failed to hold up its end of the agreement.

NC: North Carolina lawmakers may hold special session to write ballot wording for amendments

newsobserver.com

The Republican-led North Carolina Legislature might reconvene to take away from a Democrat-led commission control over the wording of the six amendments that will be on the November ballot. The amendments, which cover a wide range of topics, were supported by most Republican legislators and opposed by many Democrats.

PA: Pennsylvania expands audit of election security

readingeagle.com

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, said he planned to expand his audit aimed at protecting the security and integrity of Pennsylvania's voting system.

DC: D.C. attorney general demands information from ICE after recent arrests

washingtonpost.com

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, a Democrat, is asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement for information about the agency’s recent arrests of as many as 12 District residents. In his letter, Racine said he was concerned that people may have been arrested as a result of racial or ethnic profiling.

CT: Despite progress, HIV racial divide persists in Connecticut, elsewhere

ctmirror.org

This stubborn racial disparity persists in Connecticut despite years of work to undo it, according to a Connecticut Mirror analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Black males in Connecticut were around nine times as likely as white males to be diagnosed with HIV in 2016.

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