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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/21

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/21

KY: Kentucky governor loses another Medicaid waiver lawsuit

kentucky.com

A federal judge dismissed Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s lawsuit against 16 Medicaid recipients in which he hoped to win court approval for his controversial state Medicaid changes, including copayments and work requirements.

NY: New York bans smoking in facilities that offer child care

timesunion.com

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation prohibiting individuals from smoking in facilities that provide child care. The ban applies to both state-run facilities and private facilities licensed or registered to provide child care services, and applies at all times — even when children are not present.

HI: Hawaii uninsured affected in federal funding feud

staradvertiser.com

Health care clinics that largely serve low-income, uninsured women and college students may have to cut services if Hawaii forgoes more than $2 million in annual federal funding for family planning services. In July, Democratic Gov. David Ige and three other governors pledged to reject the money if the Trump administration prohibited the grants from going to abortion providers.

VA: Virginia governor calls special session for Legislature to redraw districts

washingtonpost.com

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is calling the General Assembly into special session to redraw legislative districts that a federal court deemed had been racially gerrymandered. The 2-to-1 ruling was a victory for Democrats, who hope that new district boundaries will help them retake control of the House for the first time in nearly two decades.

CO: Denver social marijuana use program is mostly a bust

denverpost.com

Pro-marijuana activists, business owners, some city officials and neighborhood activists want Denver to loosen regulations that restrict businesses’ ability to allow marijuana use on the premises. Only one business in the Colorado city has obtained a license under the 2016 regulations.

LA: Louisiana uninsured rate drops since expansion of Medicaid

apnews.com

A new study shows the number of Louisiana adults without health insurance has been cut in half since the state expanded its Medicaid program. About 11 percent of non-elderly Louisiana adults were uninsured in 2017. 

WY: Overcrowding and staffing issues force Wyoming to ship inmates to Mississippi

trib.com

While about 10 inmates currently held in a Mississippi private prison will return to Wyoming, more inmates will take their place due to overcrowding and staffing issues, state officials say. The Wyoming Department of Corrections announced in April that it had sent 88 inmates to the facility.

NJ: Governor bans bear hunts in New Jersey on state land

nj.com

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that has been hailed by supporters as a good first step in ending bear hunts in New Jersey. The order bans hunting on all state forests, state parks and recreation areas, and state Wildlife Management Areas — about 700,000 acres. 

CT: Connecticut has a surplus — for now

ctmirror.org

Connecticut state finances have been running almost $138 million in the black since the fiscal year began on July 1. But because of a new provision in state law designed to encourage savings, nearly two-thirds of that potential surplus won’t be available to avert a much larger looming budgetary crisis.

IA: Iowa Medicaid company forced to provide special wheelchairs to disabled clients

desmoinesregister.com

A Medicaid company must pay for specialized wheelchair equipment it denied to disabled clients after losing three simultaneous court battles challenging whether Iowa can force it to provide health services.

WI: State taxpayers paid $818,000 for Wisconsin governor’s flights after presidential run

madison.com

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took 869 flights on state-owned airplanes over a two-and-a-half-year period while he was reconnecting with voters after his failed presidential run, according to a liberal advocacy group.

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