What We're Reading: Top State Stories 12/8

CA: California bill would create deportation ‘safe zones’ for undocumented immigrants

California lawmakers are proposing to further restrict the ability of federal authorities to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The bill would also create “safe zones” at public schools, hospitals and courthouses where immigrant enforcement would be banned.

UT: Utah governor’s new budget emphasizes law enforcement, education

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert released a proposed $16.1 billion budget that has no new taxes, and urges extra investment in Utah law enforcement and education.

OH: Ohio lawmakers consider making assisted suicide a felony

The Ohio Senate is poised to give final passage to a bill that would make knowingly assisting in a suicide a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Current law only permits a court to issue an injunction against anyone helping others kill themselves.

MD: Maryland governor proposes paid sick leave for businesses with 50 or more workers

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he will propose legislation that would require Maryland companies with more than 50 employees to provide five days a year of paid sick leave.

SC: South Carolina makes history with 4 women in state Senate

Four women were sworn in to the Senate, the most ever at one time in the South Carolina Legislature’s upper chamber.

ND: North Dakota’s governor lays out final budget after year of shortfalls

Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple called for a reduction in spending and replenishing North Dakota’s reserve funds in making his final budget proposal, a $13.5 billion spending plan.

PA: Pennsylvania Supreme Court weighs life terms for kids

Pennsylvania's highest court is considering what to do about inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles after the U.S. Supreme Court limited that punishment to the most extreme cases.

ID: Idaho to get $1.6 billion site for nuclear warship waste

A $1.65 billion facility will be built at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle fuel waste from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships. The new facility is needed to keep nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines deployed.

US: Central American migrant surge not letting up

The surge of Central American families seeking asylum at U.S. borders is not letting up, with the number of apprehensions along the southwestern border close to 2,000 a day.

MT: 30 road projects canceled as Montana faces budget shortfall

Montana is delaying $144.5 million of road projects across the state as it faces a budget shortfall that could ultimately kill the contracts altogether.

TX: Mental health pilot program for Texas foster kids underway

A new pilot program led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s office aims to provide specialized care and services for 500 of the most emotionally traumatized foster children in Texas. Officials say the goal of the program is to help children stay longer in their foster care homes.

MI: Michigan bill would give wrongfully convicted compensation for time served

The Michigan House passed bill that would provide up to $50,000 a year for every year a wrongly convicted person was behind bars.

OK: State unveils new plan for report cards for Oklahoma schools

If approved, the new system would grade Oklahoma schools on chronic absenteeism, post-secondary opportunities and the academic growth of English language learners, in addition to student assessments in math, English and science.

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