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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/17

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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/17

IL: Illinois governor signs ‘red flag’ gun law

chicagotribune.com

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a “red flag” measure allowing police to take away guns from those judged in court to pose a threat. He also extended the 72-hour gun-purchase waiting period to all firearms.

NY: New York could allow online sports gambling

timesunion.com

New York is exploring the possibility of authorizing online sports gambling without legislative action, according to a report by the state Gaming Commission. A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for sports betting.

MA: Addiction relapse can mean jail time in Massachusetts

bostonglobe.com

A person with a drug addiction may be jailed for relapsing while on probation, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled, in a decision that examined whether it is unconstitutional to order someone diagnosed with drug addiction to stay sober while on probation.

KS: Adoption agencies can refuse LGBT couples, Kansas says

kansascity.com

Faith-based adoption agencies that turn away gay and lesbian couples may receive state contracts after a decision by Kansas’ child welfare agency to work directly with adoption agencies.

CO: Colorado may owe taxpayer refunds

denverpost.com

In a stunning turn from this time a year ago, Colorado’s state coffers are suddenly so flush with cash that lawmakers may be required to send more than $200 million back to taxpayers over the next three years.

CA: New California law requires voter data breach reporting

apnews.com

Journalists, researchers and political campaigns that receive voter data must tell California officials if it may have been stolen, under a new law Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed.

NJ: New Jersey governor seeks to boost marijuana stores

northjersey.com

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is seeking to double the number of locations where New Jersey residents with medical cards can purchase marijuana. The state Health Department will take applications to operate six new medical marijuana dispensaries.

PA: New Pennsylvania law allows private school board meetings

mcall.com

A new Pennsylvania law allows school officials to discuss matters related to safety behind closed doors — in executive session — if airing them publicly would be “reasonably likely to impair the effectiveness of such measures” or are likely to jeopardize the safety or security of an individual or school.

UT: Utah governor calls special session

sltrib.com

Utah lawmakers will meet this week and vote on a bill that would change the development of a new shipping-and-receiving hub in Salt Lake City after months of closed-door negotiations, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has announced.

NM: New Mexico lawmakers weigh migrant detention oversight

apnews.com

New Mexico lawmakers heard testimony as they weighed how they might exert more oversight at the state level over privately operated detention centers for migrants in New Mexico, where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has agreements with private companies and counties to operate the facilities.

LA: Order barring Louisiana death sentence extended

apnews.com

A federal judge’s order bars Louisiana from carrying out any death sentences for at least one more year. A lawsuit challenging the state’s lethal injection protocols has blocked Louisiana from carrying out any death sentences since 2014. Its last execution was in 2010.

NH: New Hampshire governor signs voting restriction law

unionleader.com

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, signed into law an election bill that opponents say will constrain voting by students and other transient residents.

WV: Some $91M in West Virginia bonds to fuel road building

wvgazettemail.com

Another $91 million in bonds are ready to go to market, part of West Virginia’s “Roads to Prosperity” highways construction initiative, after state officials approved the bond sale resolution.

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