What We're Reading: Top State Stories 4/14

CO: Colorado ends plans for pot clubs

Colorado lawmakers backed off plans to become the first U.S. state to regulate marijuana clubs, saying approval of Amsterdam-style pot clubs could invite a federal crackdown.

US: Trump signs law allowing states to block family planning funds

President Trump signed a resolution to allow states to withhold federal money for contraception and reproductive health from clinics that provide abortion services, a move that could deprive Planned Parenthood of millions of dollars in funding.

AZ: Arizona governor signs bill to tighten rules on police asset seizures

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed sweeping legislation that will reform Arizona’s civil-asset forfeiture policies by expanding oversight on spending and ratcheting up the burden of proof required for police to seize property.

IN: DNA collection bill heads to Indiana governor's desk

The Indiana Senate sent Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb a bill that would allow police to collect DNA samples from people arrested for felonies, but who had not yet been convicted.

AL: A church can have its own police force, Alabama’s Senate says

The Vatican may soon no longer be alone among religious institutions possessing its own police force. Alabama’s Senate voted to allow a church to establish its own law enforcement department — raising constitutional church-state questions.

NC: Annual rainy day savings now law in North Carolina

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill requiring lawmakers to set aside money every year for North Carolina’s rainy day fund, though warning against putting too much into savings at the expense of tax breaks for the middle class, schools and attracting jobs.

MO: Uber, Lyft would face new regulations under bill sent to Missouri governor

The House sent Republican Gov. Eric Greitens a bill that would require app-based, ride-hailing services to pay a $5,000 licensing fee and conduct driver background checks and vehicle inspections to do business in Missouri.

MA: Bill offered by Massachusetts governor would end ‘fine time’

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker proposed allowing Massachusetts’ criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay court-imposed fines an alternative to spending time in jail: community service.

KY: Kentucky police begin reopening rape cases as old evidence is tested

Kentucky prosecutors must prepare for a wave of newly reopened sexual assault cases as several thousand previously untested sexual assault evidence kits — some dating back to the 1970s — begin to yield crucial DNA evidence, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said.

OH: Ohio legislators must trim $800 million from proposed biennial budget

As of the end of March, yearly tax revenue collections were $615 million below estimates. Based on that, Ohio lawmakers will have to trim about $800 million from the $67 billion two-year budget Republican Gov. John Kasich proposed in January.

VA: Overdose deaths are up 38 percent in Virginia

Fatal drug overdoses increased 38 percent in Virginia between 2015 and 2016, an alarming jump that state health officials attribute to abuse of synthetic opioids, heroin, and prescription fentanyl.

Death Penalty Taxing Uber, Lyft