What We're Reading: Top State Stories 4/19

CA: California governor says Trump will fund his National Guard mission — without immigration duties

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced that federal officials have agreed to fund his plan to “combat criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers” in California. Brown’s order makes clear that troops will not be allowed to perform a broader set of duties as envisioned by President Donald Trump’s recent comments. 

US: Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding 

The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers, long tired of low wages and a dearth of state funding, begin talking to each other online. 

NY: New York attorney general seeks power to bypass presidential pardons

Democratic Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is moving to change state law so that he and other local prosecutors can bring criminal charges against aides to President Donald Trump who have been pardoned. 

TN: Tennessee strips $250,000 from Memphis as payback for removing Confederate statues

The city of Memphis could lose a quarter-million dollars as punishment for removing statues of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate President Jefferson Davis last year. The Tennessee House of Representatives voted to strip the money from next year's state budget. 

US: Four U.S. states accuse Arizona of manipulating Colorado River supply and demand 

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming have accused Arizona’s largest water provider of manipulating water supply and demand, potentially threatening millions of people in the United States and Mexico who rely on the Colorado River. 

CT: Connecticut lawmakers predict financial aid for undocumented students may pass

The legislation would make some undocumented immigrants eligible to apply for help from public colleges' $150 million pool of financial aid. Among the qualifications are that applicants must have moved to the United States before turning 17. 

RI: Feds again threaten Rhode Island about funding over food stamp problems

A federal agency is threatening to withhold $913,830 in federal reimbursements from the state because “serious issues persist″ in getting food stamps into the hands of Rhode Islanders who need them. 

AZ: Arizona lawmakers consider taking McCain's name off November ballot

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that would take U.S. Sen. John McCain's seat off the November ballot if the six-term Arizona Republican, who is battling a deadly form of brain cancer, leaves office early. 

SC: South Carolina jumpstarts sentencing reform debate following deadly prison riot

South Carolina legislators agreed to jumpstart a debate on sentencing reform following an hourslong riot at a state prison that left seven dead and 22 injured. The bipartisan proposal would parole more nonviolent offenders and give inmates incentives for behaving. 

LA: Louisiana House votes to allow fantasy sports gambling apps

The Louisiana House of Representatives voted to allow fantasy sports games like DraftKings and FanDuel, typically played on smartphones, to become legal in the state. The proposal now heads to the Senate for consideration. 

MI: New Michigan bill may force those on Medicaid to work

A Michigan Senate committee passed a measure that would require able-bodied adults who receive Medicaid to either work at least 29 hours a week or be enrolled in a job training or education program. 

MO: Missouri GOP leaders call on Republican governor to quit

Leaders in Missouri’s GOP-controlled House issued a stinging rebuke of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, calling on him to resign as scandals continue to consume his administration. The Senate president also said the governor should step aside or face impeachment.

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