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

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AR: Arkansas governor signs new Medicaid plan restrictions

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a plan to scale back Arkansas’ hybrid Medicaid expansion, moving 60,000 people off the program and imposing a work requirement on some remaining participants.

LA: Louisiana House approves budget plan

The Louisiana House has agreed to a $29 billion spending plan for the coming year that would fully fund a popular college scholarship program but spends less than Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards requested on health care and social services.

CO: Colorado bill to promote condo construction goes to governor

Colorado’s Legislature has passed a measure that makes it harder for homeowners associations to sue builders over alleged faulty construction. Developers blame skyrocketing insurance costs to defend such lawsuits for a dramatic slowdown in condo construction in the state.

SC: Tax rebates biggest sticking point in negotiations over South Carolina gas tax

As South Carolina lawmakers seek a compromise on the state's first gas tax increase since 1987, House members are casting doubt on the Senate's proposed tax rebates for vehicle repairs and gas purchases.

GA: Georgia colleges now must implement concealed handgun law

Georgia's public university presidents and police chiefs were strongly opposed to letting people carry concealed handguns on college campuses. Now that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the campus-carry law, it falls on them to figure out how to implement it before the next school year begins.

NV: Nevada health panel OKs strict insulin price disclosure bill

A proposal aiming to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set insulin prices cleared its first hurdle at the Nevada Legislature, without a provision that sought a price cap on insulin.

FL: Fewer refugees are settling in Florida 

For the first four months of 2017, 543 refugees were resettled in Florida, compared to 712 refugees over the same period last year. President Donald Trump wants to suspend the refugee program and reduce the maximum number of refugees accepted in the U.S., and some resettlement agencies in the state are already making budget cuts.

TX: Texas Senate passes bill to eliminate most vehicle safety inspections

The Texas Senate approved a bill that would eliminate the state’s vehicle safety inspection requirement for non-commercial vehicles. Texas is one of only 15 states that still require the test.

NH: New Hampshire House greenlights more money for full-day kindergarten

The New Hampshire House gave initial approval to a measure that gives full funding to any school district that adopts full-day kindergarten. Nearly 75 percent of New Hampshire communities already offer a full-day program, but the state only pays half the normal per-student amount for kindergarteners.

ND: New North Dakota tax earmarked for communications update

A 50-cent-per-month increase in the tax on landline telephone and cellphone connections approved by the North Dakota Legislature will generate about $10 million over two years. The money will pay for updates to the communications equipment used by dispatch centers and first responders around the state.

CA: California bill would force developers to include more low-income housing in their projects

The California House approved a measure that would allow local governments to require developers to include more low-income housing within their projects.

MN: Minnesota is first to let anglers sign up online to be organ donors

Minnesota is the first state to allow would-be anglers to register as organ, eye and tissue donors as they sign up for a fishing or hunting permit. Supporters say it’s a way to reach people who are less likely to register as a donor under the current system. And because the licenses are annual, rather than every four years for a driver’s license, it gives people more chances to check the organ donation box. 

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