What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/14
WV: West Virginia legislators vote to impeach all four Supreme Court justices
The West Virginia House of Delegates made the extraordinary move of adopting articles of impeachment against the four state Supreme Court justices for spending issues. One of the justices is suspended and facing a 23-count federal indictment.
NY: New York governor signs anti-hazing legislation
The legislation signed by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is designed to prevent physical abuse during any organization’s initiation ceremonies. It was prompted by the death of a college student who suffered a massive head injury as the result of a hazing ritual.
ND: North Dakota voters to decide on legalizing recreational marijuana
North Dakotans will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall, two years after voters approved the drug’s medical use.
MI: Michigan 6 percent sales tax to hit more online purchases
This fall, Michigan residents can expect a 6 percent sales tax to be charged on more of their online purchases. The state expects the change to boost revenue by more than $200 million, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is recommending that it be spent on fixing roads.
CA: In California, many asylum-seeking detainees are Indian nationals
As of early August, more than half of the 680 migrants being detained at the federal prison in Victorville, California, were Indian nationals. Detainees from India have cited an increase in political and religious persecution as their reasons for seeking asylum, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
OH: Ohio Supreme Court throws out proposed dialysis amendment
The Ohio Supreme Court threw out a petition to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that supporters said would control the cost of kidney dialysis.
CO: Colorado schools sue to prevent cross-district busing
Six school districts and the associations that represent them are suing to stop a change to a Colorado law that could increase access to school choice, but which was approved under questionable circumstances.
NC: North Carolina former governors blast proposed constitutional amendments
The former North Carolina governors, representing both parties, warned voters about a pair of Republican-authored proposed constitutional amendments that would weaken the governor’s office and shift power to the Legislature.
MO: Missouri union measure drove high voter turnout
A ballot measure attempting to limit union powers helped drive Missouri's largest voter turnout for a primary election in over a decade. The measure seeking to outlaw mandatory union fees was defeated overwhelmingly.