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CA: California Senate OKs statewide sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants

Senators sent to the Assembly a bill that would prevent California law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials, although they could notify federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents before convicted serious or violent felons are released from custody.

KS: Kansas House fails to override Medicaid expansion veto

House members came up three votes short of overriding Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that would have extended Medicaid coverage to an additional 150,000 Kansans.

US: New York, other states take on Trump over energy efficiency

Ten Democratic attorneys general, New York City and a Pennsylvania regulator mounted a legal challenge against what they called the Trump administration's illegal suspension of rules to improve the energy efficiency of ceiling fans, portable air conditioners and other products.

AK, CO, OR, WA: Four governors ask federal government for marijuana leniency

Governors from the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington — are asking the Trump administration to let their pot experiments continue unhindered, saying the legalization has expanded their economies.

NH: U.S. Supreme Court won't revive New Hampshire ballot 'selfie' ban

The court rejected New Hampshire's bid to revive a state law that bars voters from taking "selfie" photos with their ballots during elections. A lower court struck down the 2014 law, saying it violated free speech rights.

IN: Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion ultrasound mandate

A U.S. district judge blocked an Indiana mandate that forced women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion.

GA: Rural Georgia lawmakers pour hope into investment plan many question

The Senate backed a complex plan that would provide $60 million in tax credits to companies that invest in rural Georgia businesses, although one top lawmaker said the idea had proved a failure in state after state, costing taxpayers big money.

WI: Wisconsin governor’s budget proposal drops hours of instruction mandate

A proposal in Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget would appear to make Wisconsin the only state with no law aimed at guaranteeing students a minimum number of hours and days of instruction.

AR, KY, US: More states require teaching of founding U.S. documents, principles

Kentucky and Arkansas are the latest of more than a dozen states that require high school students get instruction on the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist papers. Immigrants seeking citizenship are tested on the principles in the documents.

ND: Voter ID changes pass North Dakota Senate

Senators voted to require voters in North Dakota provide identification issued by the state Department of Transportation or a tribal government. The proposed changes come after the state was sued by several tribes who argued state ID laws disenfranchised their members.

MO: Missouri Highway Patrol cracks down on left lane drivers

In Missouri, if there are two or more lanes going in the same direction, that left lane is used only for passing — and now the Missouri State Highway Patrol is cracking down.

WY: Wyoming Legislature orders study of gender-wage gap

In Wyoming, the Equality State, the disparity between men’s and women’s wages is the worst in the nation. And the Legislature wants to know why.

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