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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/26

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/26

NY: How many separated children are in New York City — and what’s next?

nytimes.com

The immigration crisis on the southern border became more personal to New Yorkers when several hundred children separated from their parents had been quietly dropped on New York City’s doorstep. But their identities are still unknown to city officials.

WA: Justices send gay rights cases back to Washington state court

nytimes.com

The Supreme Court said it would not consider a sequel to its decision this month on a baker who refused to serve a gay couple. The order told a lower court to reconsider the case of a florist in Washington state who had refused to create a floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding.

CA: California voters in November will weigh repeal of gas tax, vehicle fees

latimes.com

Polls show most California voters want to repeal a law, signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown last year, which will raise more than $5 billion annually from a higher fuel tax and a new vehicle registration fee for road repairs and improvement to mass transit systems across the state.

WI: Wisconsin justices are considering limits on public records law

jsonline.com

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deliberating over how the state's public records law applies to justices, judges and court officials — setting off alarm bells with government transparency advocates.

KS: Kansas school funding still inadequate, state high court says

kansascity.com

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a new school funding plan is still inadequate, but gave the Legislature another year to fix it. The court also ruled the Legislature has met its responsibility to equitably distribute funding.

MD: Up to 80,000 Maryland voters must file provisional ballots, state says

washingtonpost.com

Maryland officials said as many as 80,000 voters — nearly quadruple the original estimate — will have to file provisional ballots in the primary because the state Motor Vehicle Administration failed to transmit updated voter information to the Board of Elections.

GA: No back-to-school sales tax holiday this year for Georgia shoppers

myajc.com

When Georgia parents head out this summer to buy school supplies and clothes for their children, they will have to pay a sales tax on what they purchase. For a second consecutive year, the Legislature decided not to renew its long-running back-to-school sales-tax holiday.

NC: North Carolina lawsuit alleges 'sham' to cheat workers out of raises

newsobserver.com

Supervisors and managers within North Carolina government have been fraudulently writing up their employees to stop them from getting raises, according to some state workers who plan to sue.

MS: Suicidal teens in Mississippi can't get the help they need

sunherald.com

Despite state attempts to increase funding and expand some programs, many children, especially those in Mississippi’s most rural areas, still lack access to desperately needed mental health services.

KY: Kentucky takes Medicaid expansion hostage in work requirement fight

vox.com

Not only is Kentucky trying to institute work requirements, but the state is threatening that, if the court blocks it from putting those rules in place, it will end Medicaid expansion entirely. The roughly 400,000 people covered by expanding Medicaid in the state would lose their insurance.

AZ: Arizona residents will be grounded without new travel ID

azcentral.com

As of Oct. 1, 2020, Arizona residents won't be able to travel out of several airports throughout the state and country with just a standard driver's license as identification, the Arizona Department of Transportation said. Driver's licenses in Arizona are not compliant with the REAL ID Act.

UT: Utahns don’t want to return to the caucus-convention system

sltrib.com

Utah voters don’t want to return to old election laws that made the caucus-convention system the sole method to select party nominees. They prefer the new system that also allows candidates to qualify for the ballot by gathering signatures.

TX: Texas pharmacists can refuse to fill any prescription — for any reason

dallasnews.com

A change to the Texas Pharmacy Act that went into effect last year gave state pharmacists “exclusive authority” to determine whether to dispense a drug — and they don’t have to explain why.

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