What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/5

CA: California takes first step to establishing lane-splitting guidelines for motorcyclists

The Assembly approved a bill authorizing the California Highway Patrol to establish guidelines for motorcyclists on how to pass other vehicles by riding between them along the lane line. The measure would make California the first state to formalize the practice.

MS: Budget cuts may swell Mississippi county jails with mentally ill

Mississippi law enforcement officials, judges and advocates fear the latest round of state mental-health department cuts could put more mentally ill people behind bars when they should receive medical help instead.

RI: Rhode Island state pension fund loses $466 million

The Rhode Island state pension fund lost $466 million over the past fiscal year, declining from $7.96 billion in assets to $7.50 billion, or 5.9 percent. It was the second consecutive year that the fund lost money.

NV: Nevada Supreme Court rules against referendum on rooftop solar rates

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled unanimously against a referendum for the Nov. 8 general election ballot that would have allowed voters to decide whether to overturn a 2015 law that allowed the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to impose new, higher charges for rooftop solar customers.

OK: Oklahoma ends marriage initiative due to budget cuts

Citing budget cuts, state officials are ending the controversial Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, a 17-year-old program originally aimed at reducing the state’s high divorce rate.

MN: New Minnesota law requires sexual violence prevention training of college students

A new law in Minnesota requires college students to complete online training in preventing sexual violence, and requires colleges to keep and release more detailed records of those cases.

OH: Ohio schools add meningitis vaccine requirement

A new law requires Ohio students entering seventh through 12th grades to be vaccinated against certain forms of meningoccocal disease. The disease can infect the lining of the brain, spinal cord, and bloodstream.

MO: Missouri's head public defender assigns case to governor

Fed up with what he says is Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s failure to properly fund his overwhelmed office, Missouri’s lead public defender, Michael Barrett, ordered the governor to represent a poor person in Cole County this month. Barrett cited a provision of state law that allows him in extraordinary circumstances to delegate legal representation to any member of the state bar.

LA: Louisiana State University creates real estate development group to generate money

The LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation will be a full-service real estate development and property management organization. Its profits will be used to benefit campuses throughout the Louisiana State University System.

WI: State audit of Wisconsin family planning clinics finds Medicaid overpayments

The audit found that Wisconsin had made "significant" overpayments to eight family planning clinics throughout the state, including Planned Parenthood.

ME: State officials urge Mainers to be smart about water use

Maine’s Drought Task Force convened for the first time since 2002 because of significant drought conditions throughout the southern two-thirds of the state. The state will begin a public information campaign about smart water use, but stopped short of putting any water restrictions in place.

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