What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/22

NC: NBA moves next year’s All-Star Game out of North Carolina

The NBA said it’s moving the 2017 All-Star Weekend from Charlotte in response to North Carolina’s law that requires transgender people to use the bathrooms in government buildings that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates.

HI: Governor pledges to end homelessness in Hawaii by 2020

Democratic Gov. David Ige said he would use $12 million appropriated by the Hawaii Legislature to jump-start the plan, which includes building 10,000 affordable housing units and bolstering programs that help people get into housing more quickly.

MI: Federal judge blocks Michigan ban on straight-party voting

A U.S. district judge blocked Michigan’s recent ban on straight-party voting, saying the change would result in longer lines and wait times at polling places, and that it would disadvantage black voters the most.

AR: Arkansas Supreme Court temporarily stays setting any new execution dates

Justices denied a request to reconsider its June ruling upholding Arkansas’ execution secrecy law, but issued a stay that prevents the state from setting new execution dates as some inmates appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NY: New York repeals sales tax on feminine hygiene products

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure that repeals New York’s tax on feminine hygiene products, a move expected to save women $10 million a year.

CA: California Supreme Court rules in favor of governor’s water project

Justices cleared the way for California water authorities to do environmental and geological testing on private land for a major project that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown wants to divert Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water to the south.

NV: Nevada changes policies for inmates with HIV

Nevada is changing policies and practices that the U.S. Justice Department says illegally discriminate against prison inmates with HIV by housing them separately and denying access to work assignments that can speed their release.

AL: Alabama lawmaker wants to make attacks on cops hate crimes

A state lawmaker said he would sponsor a bill to make it a hate crime in Alabama to target law enforcement officers, saying it’s a hate crime because it’s aimed at a certain class of people.

WA: Seattle, Washington, area outpacing other big cities in rent

Rents in Washington’s biggest city are soaring faster than in any other big city in the country. Rents grew almost 10 percent in the last year, surpassing Portland, San Francisco and Denver.

NM: New Mexico lawmaker wants to halt any new charter schools

Democratic state Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto proposed a moratorium on new charter schools in New Mexico, as state funding formulas are providing more money per pupil to the charters than traditional public schools.

DC: Popular District of Columbia transit program for elderly, disabled scaled back

A program that gives $5 cab rides to elderly and disabled Washington, D.C., residents has exceeded its budget, leading the city to scale back the program. Now, it will only be available for medical and work-related trips.

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