What We’re Reading: Top State Stories 6/3

NY: New York governor unveils $10 billion plan to address homelessness

The first steps in Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to address the state’s homelessness crisis include opening 1,200 supportive housing units for people needing mental health care, providing workforce training and making more than 500 beds available in state-run facilities for the homeless in New York City.

CA: Invoking UCLA shooting, California Assembly passes gun control bills

On the same day as the fatal campus shooting, the Assembly passed a package of gun control bills that included an expansion of California’s gun restraining order law allowing courts to take firearms away from people judged to be a danger to themselves and others.

NC: North Carolina governor seeks federal approval for Medicaid changes

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory seeks to shift North Carolina’s system from fee-for-service to private, managed care, with the goal being to expand patient options, save money and improve care. The state’s Medicaid system covers about 1.9 million people and nearly 80,000 health care providers.

HI: Lack of mental health options sends Hawaii children to the mainland

The Hawaii Health Department often can’t provide care for severely mentally ill children and teens, and instead must send them to the mainland. The state has no secure residential treatment facilities, only two psychiatric hospitals for teens, and a lack of community-based mental health services.

LA: Louisiana House votes to require students to recite Declaration of Independence every day

Students in Louisiana would have to recite the beginning of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence at the beginning of school every day in the fourth through sixth grades. Schools currently must give students and teachers the opportunity to pray and say the Pledge of Allegiance, but those are not requirements.

OH: Use it or lose it: Casual Ohio voters may be shut out in November

All U.S. states periodically cleanse their voter rolls, but only a handful remove voters simply because they don’t vote on a regular basis. In Ohio, tens of thousands of voters have been stricken from registration lists because they have not cast a ballot since 2008.

WV: West Virginia Legislature passes $4.1 billion budget by hitting rainy day fund

West Virginia lawmakers sent Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin a budget that uses $245 million in rainy day reserve funds to help close a $270 million revenue gap. Tomblin has vowed to not take more than a “few million dollars” out of rainy day funds to balance the budget.

PA: Pennsylvania governor wants to spend $34 million on drug treatment

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is asking for $34 million to fund 50 substance abuse treatment centers to help deal with Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic.

IN: Indiana governor shows interest in expanding pre-K education

Two years after passing up millions of dollars in federal preschool funding, Republican Gov. Mike Pence expressed interest in expanding the state's $10-million-a-year preschool pilot program with the help of the federal grant program.

MA: Massachusetts Senate passes measure targeting hospital “VIP syndrome”

The budget amendment would fine Massachusetts hospitals for giving special status to wealthy patients and for failing to report infractions. The amendment was in response to news reports of a Middle Eastern royal who stayed on the VIP floor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for seven months in 2014.

US: Federal egg inspections resume in 21 states

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states more than a year after they were suspended because of the nation's worst bird flu outbreak.

NJ: Smart gun vote delayed in New Jersey

New Jersey lawmakers have delayed a vote on a measure that would require gun dealers to stock at least one type of smart gun, a firearm that can only be discharged by an authorized user.

MN: Minnesota begins “Ask About Aspirin” campaign

A new public health campaign in Minnesota encourages middle-aged and older people to consider taking a daily dose of aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke, even if they have never had cardiovascular problems in the past.

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