What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/4

GA: Georgia governor vetoes ‘campus carry’ legislation

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto Georgia campuses after lawmakers defied his request for changes that would have made exceptions to the gun rights expansion.

CA: California Senate votes to end mandatory jail for repeat prostitution offenses 

Under current California law, a second conviction guarantees at least 45 days in jail, which increases to a minimum 90-day sentence for a third offense and beyond. The bill’s sponsor says that approach doesn’t deter prostitution and discourages victims of human trafficking from seeking help.

ME: Tuition cuts make University of Maine a popular college

A record number of out-of-state students will attend the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono this fall after the college slashed tuition prices for new students from other states. Qualifying students from six states will pay the same tuition and fees as they would at their home state’s flagship institution.

CO: Bill would overhaul Colorado’s food stamp program

Under the proposed changes to Colorado's food-assistance program, counties would share in federal sanctions — and bonuses — depending on their ability to deliver aid within federally mandated timelines to people who qualify for food stamps.

MO: Missouri Supreme Court rules against tax loophole for doughnut holes

Missouri’s high court ruled the Krispy Kreme doughnut maker doesn't qualify for the 1 percent sales tax typically applied to grocery stores. Krispy Kreme paid the 4 percent tax that applies to food at restaurants or otherwise made to be eaten immediately. But it tried to get a refund, arguing that customers don't always eat their doughnuts on the spot. 

NJ: New Jersey governor vetoes gender equality bill

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would require employers in New Jersey to pay workers equally for doing the same job, regardless of gender. He said the state’s anti-discrimination law already bans pay discrepancies based on gender.

TX: Texas Supreme Court ruling helps bar the door to public release of company records

Under the ruling, businesses in Texas can assert that information they turn over to a government agency that could give competitors an advantage can be withheld from public review. In the past few months, it has been used to shield records ranging from Uber's driver information in Houston to how much singer Enrique Iglesias was paid for a McAllen Christmas concert.

AR: Arkansas lawmakers advance new limits on welfare benefits

A bill moving through the Arkansas Legislature would limit the use of welfare benefits to spending on food, clothing, housing, utilities, child care and incidentals such as transportation, medicine and medical supplies or equipment not covered by either Medicaid or the recipients' health care plans. 

AZ: Arizona budget proposal would cut health-clinic revenue

Nonprofit health clinics like Planned Parenthood would be limited in how much they can bill the federal government for medications provided to Medicaid recipients, if an amendment to Arizona’s budget wins approval.

NE: Nebraska turns to college assessment exams to measure high school academics

A new Nebraska law will require all high school juniors to take a college readiness exam like the ACT or SAT. The idea is not just to gauge the student’s preparedness for college, but also to assess his or her high school success.

Immigration Shifts Pregnancy-Related Deaths