What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/28

CA: California moves up its 2020 presidential primary

Backing a push for California to claim a bigger share of the attention from presidential candidates, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill moving the state's primary elections from June to early March.

FL: Deadline to install generators ‘impossible,’ Florida nursing homes say

Pointing to “impossible” time frames, an industry group has filed a legal challenge to new rules that require Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to quickly install generators to power air-conditioning systems. The rules were issued after the deaths of residents of a Broward County nursing home that lost air conditioning because of Hurricane Irma.

US: Trump administration pulling out of ‘Obamacare’ enrollment events

The Department of Health and Human Services has told states that for the first time, it will not be sending its regional directors to help states with planning for the upcoming open enrollment period for the health insurance program.

IA: Iowa elections chief to seek tech upgrades to block hackers

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the integrity of the state's elections system remains intact, although he acknowledges it's been repeatedly attacked by outsiders who have included would-be hackers from Russia.

MA: Massachusetts auditor finds 1,700+ sex offenders unaccounted for across state

The Massachusetts Sexual Offenders Registry Board didn’t have current addresses and contact information for 8.1 percent of the 21,808 sex offenders living in the state, according to a state audit.

OH: Ohio bill would stop websites from profiting from jail mug shots

The bill passed by the Ohio Senate is designed to stop publications, frequently online sites, from obtaining public records and then publishing people’s information and photos and demanding payment to have those records altered or removed.

MD: Maryland sues EPA over power-plant emissions from upwind states

Maryland officials claim that power plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are violating a “good-neighbor provision” of the U.S. Clean Air Act by not using their pollution-control technology daily during the summer months, when heat and sunshine speed up creation of ozone gases.

ME: As lawmakers add, cut and tweak, Maine recreational pot law takes shape

The legislative committee writing Maine’s adult-use market regulations moved to nix drive-ups, internet sales and home delivery, and to give current residents and medical growers a “leg up” in the new market.

IL: Illinois governor’s plan to rescue coal plants could send pollution elsewhere

In a move that could lead to dirtier air in Chicago and other downwind communities as far away as New York, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is pushing to overhaul stringent limits on lung-damaging pollution from some of the last coal-fired power plants in Illinois.

AR: Arkansas court halts order on execution drug label

Arkansas’ highest court halted a judge’s order requiring officials to reveal more details about one of the drugs the state plans to use in a November execution.

MN: Minnesota teaching board says it’s not obligated to report teacher misconduct

The Minnesota board that has authority over teaching licenses says it’s not legally obligated to report allegations of teachers’ sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior to law enforcement.

OR: Activists ask Oregon to allow online signing for initiatives

Some Oregon activists are pushing for the state to implement a system that would allow voter signatures to be gathered electronically for initiative petitions so more measures can bypass the Legislature and go directly before voters.

MI: Michigan proposal to set passing distance for bikes advances

Michigan motorists would be required to keep at least five feet away from bicyclists when passing them on the left under a proposal inspired by a Kalamazoo crash that killed five cyclists and injured four others. The measure, which a Senate committee approved, would also require driver’s education classes to include bicycle awareness and impose tougher penalties for motorists who kill someone while texting and driving.

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