What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/8

Top State Stories 5/8

MA: Massachusetts high court: colleges must prevent student suicides

The decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court created new liability for the state’s educational industry. But the court made it clear in a 44-page ruling that legal protections still exist for colleges, professors and support staff.

WV: How West Virginia is trying to build hacker-proof voting

While meddling by hostile nations is of greatest concern, hundreds and even thousands of other outsiders probe West Virginia's election computer security almost daily, as they do in other states.

CA: California judge affirms ruling for coffee cancer warnings

A court ruling that gave coffee drinkers a jolt earlier this year was finalized when a Los Angeles judge said coffee sold in California must carry cancer warnings.

AZ: Arizona judge: courts too busy for border-crossing prosecutions

The chief judge for Arizona federal courts reacted to the U.S. attorney general's announcement that 100 percent of unauthorized border crossers are now being referred for prosecution. Federal district courts in Arizona are at capacity and can’t take more prosecutions, their chief judge said.

MD: Maryland ‘Obamacare’ insurers want 30 percent hike for 2019

Insurers are proposing double-digit premium increases in Maryland's individual-health-plan market, a consequence of what the state’s health insurance commissioner called a “death spiral.”

GA: Rural Georgia internet expansion law signed

Georgia’s Republican governor signed a bill that aims to bring high-speed internet service to more rural areas in Georgia. 

NM: New Mexico reconsiders funding private school textbooks

The New Mexico Supreme Court is reconsidering its ban on the use of public funds for textbooks in private schools at the request of the U.S. Supreme Court.

NE: Terminally ill Nebraskans to get more treatment options

A new Nebraska law will give terminally ill patients the opportunity to attempt treatments that have not yet received approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration, but some doubt the change will make much difference.

NH: Feds OK New Hampshire work requirement for expanded Medicaid

The federal government confirmed that New Hampshire, as of Jan. 1, 2019, will be able to require all beneficiaries of expanded Medicaid health insurance to participate in 100 hours a month of “community engagement activities, such as employment, education, job skills training or community service as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.”

CA: California Democrats make pitch for $1B in health care spending

As budget negotiating season heats up, Democrats in the California Assembly are making their priorities clear, proposing $1 billion in new health care spending that includes expanding Medicaid coverage to young adults without legal status and subsidizing insurance premiums for the poor.

OK: Oklahoma lawmakers reject restrictions on when they can become lobbyists

Oklahoma lawmakers have rejected proposed rules by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission that include barring elected state officials from becoming lobbyists during their first two years out of office.

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