What We're Reading: Top State Stories 12/3

PA: Pennsylvania lawmakers may (finally) be close to budget agreement

After five months of budget stalemate, Pennsylvania lawmakers could make a final push this weekend to come to consensus on education funding, taxes, public pension reform and liquor laws.

US: Mass shootings occur in U.S. every day on average

Including the worst mass shooting of the year in California Wednesday, 462 people have died and 1,314 have been wounded in such attacks this year, many of which occurred on streets or in public settings.

UT: Voting by mail increased Utah turnout by 52%

Utah cities and counties that voted by mail this year increased voter turnout by an average 52 percent.

FL: Proposal to end local bans on Uber in Florida gains momentum

Florida lawmakers want to regulate ride-hailing companies like Uber at the state level and pre-empt local governments from drawing up their own rules, an idea backed by Uber and insurance companies.

MI: Swearing in public? No problem with Michigan Senate’s action

Senators gave final passage to bills that repeal more than 80 antiquated laws in Michigan, including a prohibition against swearing in front of women and children or mocking someone who refuses to accept a duel. 

OR: Oregon newspapers warned against marijuana ads

The U.S. Postal Service has warned Oregon newspapers that it is a felony to mail material that includes marijuana advertising — even in a state where pot sales are legal.

MD: State commission: Maryland government unwieldy

A special Maryland commission composed of business leaders told Republican Gov. Larry Hogan that overlapping authority and regulations cause so much red tape that the entire system needs to be restructured — something last done in 1970.

IA: State revenue up 3.4 percent in Iowa, despite farm slump

Iowa’s general fund revenue is up 3.4 percent for the last five months, about $92.3 million higher than for the same period last year.

KS: Professors urge repeal of law opening Kansas colleges to concealed guns

Forty Kansas State University distinguished professors have signed a letter to the Legislature, seeking to halt the plan to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

SD: South Dakota sued for millions in EB-5 suit

The state is being sued by 35 Chinese investors who lost millions of dollars in South Dakota’s EB-5 program when a meatpacking plant went bankrupt. The program allows wealthy foreigners to get permanent legal residence in the U.S. by investing in economic development projects.

SC: South Carolina denies deliberately skirting law on lethal injection drugs

South Carolina corrections officials deny intentionally breaking federal law when they obtained a lethal injection drug from an overseas supplier several years ago, a drug that was never used for an execution and has since been turned over to authorities.

AR: Arkansas issues amended birth certificate to same-sex couple

Arkansas health officials say they'll issue amended birth certificates for the children of three married same-sex couples who sued the state, but they are holding off on issuing them to other gay couples. The amended certificates will list both spouses as parents.

MO: St. Louis rejects plan for public vote on new football stadium

A city committee voted down a bill that would have required a public vote before any taxpayer dollars could be spent to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis.

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