What We're Reading: Top State Stories 1/4

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CA: Legislation would allow Californians to donate money to the state to blunt effects of GOP tax bill 

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat who is also running for the U.S. Senate, is planning to introduce legislation that would allow Californians to count a portion of their tax bill as a donation, which would circumvent the federal Republican tax plan’s cuts to state and local tax deductions. Charitable donations remain deductible on federal taxes. 

WA: Washington state sues Motel 6 over giving ICE info on 9,000 guests 

Washington state is suing Motel 6, saying the budget hotel disclosed the personal information of thousands of guests to federal immigration authorities in violation of the state’s consumer-protection law, leading to at least six guests being detained. 

NH: New Hampshire Senate passes bill to tighten voter eligibility 

The New Hampshire Legislature’s previous attempt to tighten voter eligibility remains stalled in court. President Donald Trump has alleged widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire, claiming it led to his loss to Hillary Clinton in the state, though there’s been no evidence to support that. 

AZ: Arizona court requires warrant to track cars with GPS 

Police cannot put a GPS device onto a vehicle to track its movements without first getting a warrant, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled. In a precedent-setting decision, a majority of the justices said people in vehicles have a “reasonable expectation” of privacy. That includes being able to travel where they want without government monitoring. 

IA: Iowa Gaming Association to introduce sports betting legislation 

Gamblers could be making legal sports bets on Hawkeye and Cyclone college football games at Iowa casinos as soon as next fall if the chips fall the right way. 

SC: South Carolina lawmakers push additional changes to curb deadly opioid epidemic 

After studying opioid addiction for months, South Carolina lawmakers are pushing new legislation to curb the epidemic that killed at least 616 South Carolina residents in 2016. 

NM: New Mexico teen births fall 40 percent in four years 

As rates of teen pregnancy have dropped across the nation, so, too, have the numbers of teenagers giving birth each year in New Mexico. Over the past four years, teen birth rates have declined almost 40 percent, from 46.8 per 1,000 teenage girls in 2012 to 29.4 per 1,000 last year. 

DE: Delaware marijuana legalization bill to be rewritten in hopes of passage 

A controversial bill aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in Delaware will be rewritten in the coming weeks in an effort to shore up support in the General Assembly, according to one of the measure’s lead sponsors. 

TX: Relatives report inadequate heating at more than 30 Texas prisons 

The Texas Inmate Families Association, a support and advocacy group, compiled reports by inmates' relatives that blamed poor insulation, broken windows and nonfunctioning heaters for the cold conditions in the facilities. 

NE: Bill would ban bump stocks, silencers in Nebraska 

A rare gun-control measure in a conservative state where proposals usually try to expand Second Amendment rights was among the 119 bills introduced Wednesday on the first day of the 2018 Nebraska Legislature. The 49 state senators will meet for a 60-day session scheduled to conclude April 18. 

NC: How many teachers are leaving North Carolina’s public schools? 

Fewer North Carolina public school teachers left their jobs last year, but more educators moved to work in other school districts or charter schools in the state. A new draft state report on teacher employment released this week shows that 8.65 percent of North Carolina public school teachers left the profession last school year, down from 9 percent the prior year. 

NY: New York governor proposes ending cash bail for minor crimes 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is asking the New York State Legislature to eliminate cash bail for many crimes and to speed up the disclosure of evidence in trials as part of a package of proposals intended to make the criminal justice system fairer for indigent defendants. 

KY: More people moving from Kentucky than moving in 

A new study says more people left Kentucky in 2017 than moved in. That migration pattern caused the state to rank eighth on United Van Lines’ annual “Most Moved From States” list.

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