What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/3

Top State Stories 5/3

AZ: Arizona House passes education funding after all-night session

After a marathon overnight session, the Arizona House passed an education funding bill. Teachers have agreed to end their statewide strike after Senate approval and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature.

WI: U.S. EPA grants air pollution exemptions for new Foxconn plant

The Trump administration exempted most of southeast Wisconsin from the latest federal limits on smog pollution, a victory for Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he makes a new Foxconn factory the centerpiece of his re-election campaign. The move means Foxconn won’t have to make extensive anti-smog improvements as it builds its plant north of Illinois.

MO: Missouri governor lied about use of charity donor list, report says

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, ran an off-the-books political campaign in 2014, took a charity donor list to raise campaign funds, and ultimately lied about that list in a signed statement to the state's ethics commission, according to documents and testimony from six of his former employees. The findings are outlined in a report by a Missouri House committee.

ME: Maine governor veto fails, clearing way for recreational pot sales in Maine

Maine lawmakers overrode Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of an adult-use marijuana regulatory bill, putting the state on track to regulate a retail market that has been in limbo since voters legalized recreational marijuana use in 2016. This year’s bill will set an effective tax rate of 20 percent on marijuana products and give Mainers priority for commercial licenses.

CO: Colorado city close to banning assault weapons

The Boulder City Council has given tentative approval to a ban on the sale and possession of what the Colorado city defines as “assault weapons” — a proposal that sparked a pro-gun street protest in the liberal college town last month.

LA: Louisiana could pass nation's most restrictive abortion law

Louisiana is on the path to having the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion law, as a proposed 15-week ban continues to advance through the Legislature. The bill, which would only go into effect if a court upholds Mississippi's similar ban, now heads to the full House for consideration.

CA: Proposal would allow marijuana delivery to all of California

California voters legalized marijuana in 2016, but the state allows cities and counties to bar certain pot businesses, and residents in about 40 percent of California are 60 miles or more from a legal dispensary. Supporters of a Senate proposal that would allow marijuana delivery companies to deliver statewide say it could help fill those gaps.

NH: Some New Hampshire businesses are mellowing over hiring pot smokers

Some employers in New Hampshire are quietly taking what once would have been a radical step: They’re dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees. Testing prospective employees for marijuana use excludes too many potential workers, experts say, at a time when filling jobs is more challenging than it’s been in nearly two decades.

KS: Kansas government job applications won’t ask about criminal history

Job applications for Kansas agencies will no longer ask whether someone has a criminal record, after Gov. Jeff Colyer, a Republican, signed an order to “ban the box.” The ban-the-box movement seeks to stop employers from automatically asking job applicants if they have criminal histories. Applicants may still be asked about criminal history further in the hiring process.

MT: Montana campaign contribution limits upheld by court

Montana's campaign contribution limits will stay in place for the June 5 primary elections after a federal appeals court decided against revisiting the issue. The decision is part of a long-running lawsuit over claims that Montana's limits are so low, $180 per race for state candidates, that they restrict donors' free-speech rights.

AR: Arkansas justices halt voter-ID ruling; ballot-casters must prove identities at polls this month

The Arkansas Supreme Court cleared election officials to enforce the state's controversial voter-ID law in this month's primary and judicial elections.

GA: Governor signs new Georgia budget that finally fully funds schools

Educators long complained that the state shorted public schools, but a booming economy is helping Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers keep that from happening again in the upcoming year.

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