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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/21

UT: Utah school safety commission recommends ‘red flag’ gun bill

sltrib.com

A group of Utahns convened to review school and student safety have recommended that lawmakers approve a so-called “red flag” bill that would allow weapons to be seized through court order when a gun owner is deemed to be dangerous to the general public.

WA: Washington state pledges emergency funding for immigration legal services

spokesman.com

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, announced an additional $200,000 in state funding to a nonprofit providing immigrant families legal services. The governor said the effort will help ensure the families get due process in the court system.

KY: Kentucky's pension reform law struck down by judge as unconstitutional

courier-journal.com

A state circuit court struck down Kentucky’s new pension law, ruling that the expedited process to pass the law by the General Assembly was unconstitutional. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said the law is legal and is needed to help address Kentucky’s multibillion-dollar pension crisis.

AR: Overhaul of ethics rules approved in Arkansas Senate vote

arkansasonline.com

The Arkansas Senate approved an overhaul of its rules to create a committee on ethics, prohibit senators from certain activities involving conflicts of interest and require more disclosure of other conflicts and their personal finances.

CA: Prank calls plague California lawmakers, top Democratic campaigns

sacbee.com

The California Highway Patrol is investigating bizarre crank calls directed at some state lawmakers and Democratic campaign staff members. Assembly sergeants estimate five to 10 legislators and their family members have received the hoax phone calls.

VA: Abortion-rights groups sue Virginia over restrictions 

washingtonpost.com 

Abortion-rights groups sued Virginia, contending that some restrictions, such as a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and a mandated ultrasound, are medically unnecessary and therefore unconstitutional in the wake of a 2016 Supreme Court ruling.

DC: Washington, D.C., voters pass measure on restaurant wages 

washingtonpost.com 

Washington, D.C., voters approved a measure advertised as a minimum wage hike for servers, bartenders and other tipped employees so they no longer have to depend on gratuities for their income. Opponents called for the D.C. Council to overturn the ballot measure.

RI: Rhode Island won’t take migrant children into foster care 

providencejournal.com

Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, said that Rhode Island won’t place children into foster care who have been separated from their parents through the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

CO: Colorado election officials to vet campaign finances

denverpost.com

After a federal judge ruled last week that significant portions of Colorado’s campaign finance complaint procedures are unconstitutional, state elections officials have adopted a new process under which they will now vet each grievance filed with their office before it can proceed.

TX: Texas billboard telling liberals to leave will be taken down

dallasnews.com

A billboard saying “Liberals: Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS” will be removed. Social media posts opposing the sign led to its removal, according to the owner of the outdoor advertising company.

NY: New York close to legalizing marijuana

nytimes.com

New York state is getting closer to legal marijuana. The state health commissioner said he would recommend legalizing the drug. In New York City, police will no longer arrest people smoking pot, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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