What We're Reading: Top State Stories 4/13

MS: Mississippi governor signs campaign finance reform into law

The law signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will restrict Mississippi politicians from using their campaign money to pay for personal expenses.

OK: Oklahoma Legislature backs early end to wind energy tax credits

The Senate gave final approval to a measure that ends income tax credits for wind production more than three years earlier than planned. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin asked for an early halt to the credits, which cost the state more than $65 million a year in revenue.

ME: Maine Legislature considers gasoline tax hike to pay for highways, bridges

Lawmakers are considering raising Maine’s gasoline tax by 7 cents a gallon and placing an annual surcharge on hybrid and electric vehicles to help cover a projected $159 million annual shortfall in the state’s highway fund.

IN: Lawmakers: No sanctuary campuses in Indiana

The Senate gave final approval to legislation that essentially bars so-called sanctuary campuses in the state by requiring all public and private colleges to comply with enforcement of federal immigration laws.

IA: Iowa to become latest state to allow guns in its Capitol

Under the measure Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is set to sign, any U.S. resident with a valid weapons permit would be able to take a concealed handgun into the Iowa Capitol. At least 17 states allow guns in their capitols.

NJ: Internet gambling helping to save New Jersey’s casinos

New Jersey's online gambling market had its best month ever in March, registering receipts up more than 40 percent from a year ago. Internet gambling began in New Jersey in November 2013 as a way to help the state's struggling casinos.

FL: Florida keeps investing in private prisons, although they don't save money

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has pushed through a series of contracts with private prison operators that, on paper, claimed to produce millions in annual savings. But the promised savings never materialized. 

MO: No appetite in Missouri House to send gasoline tax hike to voters

The Missouri House rejected a plan to raise the state’s gas tax by about six cents, pending approval from voters in 2018 — a proposal that emerged in the Senate last year as a way to raise money for road and bridge improvements.

NE: Nebraska bill to erase local gun regulation clears filibuster

A bill that would erase the authority of Nebraska communities to enact their own gun regulations — with a single exception carved out for Omaha — will go to a vote in the Legislature.

VA: Virginia revenue up in March, paced by income tax receipts

Virginia's tax revenue grew by 5.7 percent in March, giving the state a modest budget cushion heading into the final quarter of the fiscal year. Individual income taxes, which account for 70 percent of general fund revenue, fueled the growth.

ND: North Dakota legislators say no to parking meters

The House killed legislation that would have let North Dakota communities decide whether to install parking meters on their streets.

KY: Kentucky lawmakers to include ‘In the Year of Our Lord’ on documents

Kentucky lawmakers adopted resolutions that require the phrase to be included in the date on all of their simple resolutions and floor citations. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin includes the phrase in his signed proclamations.

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