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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/27

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/27

US: Uber reaches $148 million settlement with states

washingtonpost.com

Ride-hailing company Uber has agreed to pay $148 million to settle allegations from 50 states and the District of Columbia that it violated data breach laws when it waited a year to disclose a hack affecting tens of millions of its riders and drivers. It is the largest multistate penalty ever levied by state authorities for a data breach.

FL: Florida’s youth are registering to vote. How will that affect the midterm election?

miamiherald.com

Data released by the Florida Division of Elections show that post-primary voter registration is up in comparison to the 2014 midterms, and preliminary primary turnout among the youngest of voters — the group that overwhelmingly makes up the bulk of the newly registered — at least nearly doubled.

MD: Maryland lawmakers call on local police, prosecutor to investigate Kavanaugh allegations 

baltimoresun.com

Eleven Maryland delegates are calling on local police and prosecutors to investigate allegations that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed one or more sexual assaults while a high school student in the 1980s. Montgomery County police have said it’s not their practice to investigate crimes when they have not received a complaint from an alleged victim or victim’s attorney.

PA: Pennsylvania House advances bill ordering gun surrender in more domestic violence cases

post-gazette.com

The Pennsylvania state House passed a bill that would require more people convicted of domestic abuse or subject to certain protective orders to surrender their guns within 24 hours. The measure now heads to the state Senate, which unanimously passed a similar bill earlier this year.

CO: Colorado city removes storage lockers for homeless

denverpost.com

Denver paid $30,000 last year to install 10 large storage lockers along a busy road for homeless people to use to keep clothing and other possessions safe. The city has now removed them, after people slept and allegedly sold sex and narcotics inside the unventilated containers.

CT: Connecticut failed to protect children at psychiatric hospital, reviews find

ctmirror.org

Two independent reviews of Connecticut’s residential psychiatric hospital for children in Middletown describe a staggering failure by multiple state agencies to protect children, and provide details about an environment so unsafe that seven other children attempted to kill themselves in the months surrounding the suicide of an 8-months-pregnant teenager in June.

NJ: New Jersey advocates fear 'chilling effect' from Trump policy to restrict green card applicants

northjersey.com

Fewer New Jersey families are participating in federal nutrition and health programs, and New Jersey social service providers say they expect the numbers to continue to drop under a new Trump administration plan to deny green cards to immigrants who rely on public assistance.

TN: Tennessee to allocate $35M to schools for safety

apnews.com

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has announced all 147 school districts in Tennessee have completed a first-ever statewide assessment of school facilities and safety procedures, and will now receive allocations from a $35 million fund dedicated to school security.

SC: Next year’s tax filings could be a bigger headache in South Carolina

postandcourier.com

If legislators don’t pass a law aligning the state’s tax code with the federal overhaul, South Carolinians will have a much tougher time filing their income tax returns next year. Legislative leaders hope to get it done during a special session next week.

TX: Texas sets voter registration record

houstonchronicle.com

The Texas voter rolls have grown to 15.6 million people, a new record, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos confirmed. That is nearly a 400,000-person increase since March and a jump of 1.6 million since the last time Texas held a midterm election in 2014, according to election records.

VA: Virginia House GOP introducing new redistricting plan with some Democratic support

richmond.com

Virginia Republicans are releasing a second House of Delegates redistricting proposal that has drawn support from a handful of Democrats, raising the chances of a bipartisan deal to address racial gerrymandering. A legislative compromise would head off a potential move by the governor to let federal judges redraw House district boundaries before all seats come up for election next year.

CA: California law restricts concealed gun permit

latimes.com

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will make it harder for Californians to obtain concealed gun permits, but he vetoed a proposal that would have expanded the number of people who could petition the courts for an order removing firearms from those thought to be dangerous. State law currently allows police officers and immediate family members to ask for a “gun violence restraining order.”

HI: Hawaii agriculture board approves banning wild animals in shows

staradvertiser.com

The Hawaii Board of Agriculture approved amended rules that would prohibit “dangerous, wild animals” from being imported for short-term circus or carnival exhibitions or performances. If signed by Democratic Gov. David Ige, the change means that tigers, monkeys, elephants — and even crocodiles — will likely no longer be featured in carnivals or shows in the state.

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