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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/15

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/15

NY: New York Senate introduces regs for stretch limos

timesunion.com

New regulations for stretch limousines are being proposed in the New York state Senate in response to a crash that killed 20 people this month. The legislation would require stretch limousines be taken off the road after 10 years, among other things.

PA: Pennsylvania governor signs tougher rules for guns in domestic violence cases

post-gazette.com

A new law is on the books in Pennsylvania requiring those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or subject to protective orders to give up their guns within 24 hours.

CA: California DMV promises new quality control of voter registration

latimes.com

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will implement new quality control on its voter registration process following last week’s revelation that as many as 1,500 noncitizens had being wrongly registered to vote.

WI: Public campaign seeks to help Wisconsin voters meet photo ID requirement

madison.com

A voting rights campaign is ramping up efforts to help voters comply with Wisconsin’s requirement to show a photo ID at the polls. Wisconsin’s controversial photo ID requirement is among the strictest of any state.

WA: Millions from soda companies blanket Washington state airwaves

seattletimes.com

The most lopsided campaign on Washington’s November ballot is a microcosm of the battle the soda industry is waging across the country. The ballot initiative, backed to the tune of $13 million by a soda-pop industry,  would prohibit new local taxes on food or beverages.

AK: Alaska psychiatric patients being held in jail amid staffing shortage

adn.com

Advocates for the mentally ill in Alaska expressed alarm that psychiatric patients were waiting for evaluation in jails because the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and local emergency rooms are full.

NC: North Carolina leaders announce how much they’ll spend on Hurricane Florence recovery

newsobserver.com

North Carolina legislative leaders announced an agreement to set aside nearly $800 million in new funding for Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

NJ: New Jersey bear hunt ends with protest, calls for ban

northjersey.com

New Jersey hunters killed 139 bears on private land during the six-day hunt that ended Saturday amid protests from animal activists who renewed calls for Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy to end the hunt.

RI: Rhode Island poll shows divides between voters and state leaders

providencejournal.com

A majority of Rhode Island voters are at odds with the male leaders of the state’s Democrat-dominated General Assembly on guns and abortion. Seven in 10 registered voters in Rhode Island support the General Assembly passing a bill to protect legal abortion in Rhode Island.

CT: Guards, inmates ally against Connecticut in radon-exposure cases

apnews.com

Guards and inmates at Connecticut's Garner Correctional Institution say the state did not do enough to prevent their exposure to radon. They allege Correction Department officials exposed them to high levels of the radioactive gas, creating inhumane conditions inside the maximum-security prison.

IA: Iowa Capitol harassment creates 'toxic' Statehouse, staffers and lawmakers say

desmoinesregister.com

For more than a decade, Iowa legislators and staff members engaged in lewd and sexually aggressive behavior, creating a "toxic" environment and a "culture of secrets" at the state Capitol, according to detailed court depositions reviewed by the Des Moines Register.

CO: Colorado governor faces ethics complaint over travel

coloradopolitics.com

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was accused in a complaint filed by a former Republican lawmaker’s group of traversing the globe in private jets and rooming in expensive hotels paid for by businesses in violation of the state’s ethics laws.

UT: Booming housing market leads to evictions in Utah city

sltrib.com

Last year 230 eviction notices were filed for the 48 largest apartment complexes on the West side of Salt Lake City, the Utah capital, and 226 have been filed so far this year.

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