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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/20

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/20

US: Shifting U.S. trade policies complicate foreign investment in states, governors say

apnews.com

Several of the more than 20 governors attending the annual meeting of the National Governors Association — both Democrats and Republicans — said shifting U.S. trade policies are rattling markets for agricultural commodities and complicating decisions by foreign investors in their states.

MA: Massachusetts governor, U.S. attorney oppose safe injection sites for illegal drugs

bostonglobe.com

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling and Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, both said they are opposed to a legislative proposal to establish a Massachusetts facility where people with addictions can inject illicit drugs under supervision. Lelling said it would violate federal laws and Baker said such sites are “not a responsible tool to combat the opioid epidemic.”

TX: Bike-share companies ride out of Texas

dallasnews.com

Adiós, Ofo. The Chinese bike-share operator with the bright yellow two-wheelers is riding out of Dallas, company and city officials confirmed. And another rental company isn't far behind: San Francisco-based Spin is also beating a retreat. Ofo was the only company to oppose the Texas city’s bike-share regulations.

AZ:  Arizona police say they don't ticket state legislators during session

azcentral.com

Arizona law enforcement agencies say they don't give lawmakers speeding tickets during the legislative session, despite contradicting opinions from legislative and outside attorneys over whether speeding is considered part of legislative immunity. A legislator was captured on a body camera video bragging about speeding.

CA: Anti-labor group wants California union to hand $100M back to state workers

sacbee.com

Last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision banning unions from collecting money from workers who don’t belong to them could cost California’s largest government labor organization $100 million in fees it charged to employees who had not “opted in” to it since 2012.

NJ: New Jersey governor, public workers union agree on contract

nj.com

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's administration announced it has agreed to a $34 million contract with 6,500 state employees who have been working without one since 2015.

WA: Washington state mail-in ballots include prepaid postage

seattletimes.com

Washington state voters will notice something different about their ballots that have begun going out for August’s primary election — for the first time, the state’s 39 counties are including return envelopes with prepaid postage.

ID: Idaho Medicaid expansion heads to voters for decision

idahostatesman.com

Idaho residents will decide this fall whether to expand Medicaid. A ballot initiative to make more Idahoans eligible for Medicaid has qualified for the November general election.

FL: New Florida rules allow spouses of military to practice law in state

orlandosentinel.com

The Florida Supreme Court approved rules designed to help the spouses of military members practice law in the state. The rules, proposed by the Florida Bar, are geared to help lawyers who are licensed in other states but whose military spouses are stationed in Florida.

LA: The Mississippi River isn't so muddy, and that could be bad for Louisiana's coast

nola.com

A new study indicates the concentrations of sediment in the lower Mississippi River have decreased by more than half in recent decades. That's not good for Louisiana, which depends on a constant supply of river silt, sand and mud to rebuild land on its ever-eroding, ever-sinking coast.

KY: In surprise move, Kentucky restores dental, vision coverage for Medicaid recipients

kentucky.com

Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration reinstated vision and dental coverage, as well as non-emergency transportation services to nearly 400,000 Medicaid recipients.

NY: New York Republicans say candidate can’t run for two offices simultaneously

timesunion.com

New York Republicans have raised objections to U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, running for re-election and state attorney general at the same time, according to filings with the state Board of Election.

NE: Court dismisses challenge to Nebraska's new ‘bottle club’ law

journalstar.com

A new Nebraska law to provide for state regulation of “bottle clubs’” — private clubs where patrons bring their own alcoholic beverages and pay a fee to join — has cleared a court challenge filed by an Omaha club owner whose operation features nude or semi-nude dancers.

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