What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/2
TN: U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to Tennessee's abortion measure
In a victory for abortion opponents, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Amendment 1, the 2014 ballot measure that eliminated the right to an abortion from the Tennessee state constitution.
CA: U.S. Supreme Court delivers win for California's coastal access law
In a significant win for beach access rights in California, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Silicon Valley billionaire’s appeal to keep a beach to himself.
WA: Washington state woman, inspired by Kavanaugh accuser, reports rape by lawmaker
A Seattle woman says state Sen. Joe Fain raped her in 2007 after a party in Washington, D.C., spurring bipartisan calls for an investigation into one of the state Capitol’s most prominent Republican legislators.
NJ: With $500M, New Jersey wants to invest in your start-up
As part of his plan to reshape the economy of New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy wants the state to play the role of venture capitalist to lure start-ups to the state.
MD: 'Sextortion' ban among new Maryland laws to protect women
Using threats of shame or economic harm to coerce a person into having sex will become explicitly illegal in Maryland under one of the hundreds of new laws that take effect in the state.
DC: Airbnb: D.C. bill would restrict it more than anywhere except New York, San Francisco
Airbnb lashed out at a proposed bill to curtail short-term Washington rentals, saying it would cost property owners tens of millions of dollars in lost income and give D.C. the most restrictive legislation of any major U.S. city except New York and San Francisco.
RI: Rhode Island state police want to guide drug users to recovery
Rhode Island police will focus on patients being discharged from the hospital after suffering an overdose, inmates who received substance-abuse treatment in prison and are being released, and those who miss a court date for a drug charge.
NV: Nevada lands at the bottom of national health care ranking
Despite improvements in several areas, Nevada is once again listed at the bottom of a new national health care ranking published by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
FL: Disney, Seminole Tribe pour $10M into Florida anti-gambling amendment
Walt Disney Co. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida keep pumping money into efforts to support Amendment 3, which would give voters the final say on whether to expand gambling in Florida.
LA: Koch network pushing passage of Louisiana unanimous-jury law
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative organization funded by the Koch network, launched a digital ad aimed at ending Louisiana’s Jim Crow-era law that allows split juries to convict people of serious felonies, an outreach effort that puts the group at odds with some of its usual allies.
NH: New Hampshire AG asked to investigate suspicious email on college-age voters
A mysterious email sent to most New Hampshire state representatives over the weekend may be designed to trick some lawmakers into telling college students they can’t register to vote, according to the state Republican Party.