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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/23

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/23

NH: New Hampshire judge blocks new election law from taking effect

unionleader.com

With just days to go until the midterm elections, a county Superior Court judge has blocked New Hampshire from implementing an election law that imposed new proof of residency requirements. Opponents said the law targeted specific populations like college students.

NV: Unusually high voter turnout in Nevada

reviewjournal.com

Only two days of early voting in Nevada are in the books, but the record-setting numbers signify unusually high election turnout. Nearly 70,000 voters cast their ballots on Saturday and Sunday, compared to about 27,000 voters at this point during the 2014 midterm election.

OR: In Oregon, a community responds to imprisonment of migrants

apnews.com

An ad hoc group of Salem, Oregon, volunteers has formed in recent months after the Trump administration transferred 124 immigrants to the federal prison in rural Oregon, a first for the facility.

IA: Privatized Medicaid’s latest target: Transportation for disabled Iowans

desmoinesregister.com

Life for many disabled Iowans now features fewer outings, longer commute times and tighter living arrangements because of a state Medicaid policy change that affects their transportation to jobs and day services.

DC: D.C. attorney general sues ICE, seeking information on immigrant arrests

washingtonpost.com

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, a Democrat, is suing the Trump administration to get more information about an operation this summer that resulted in the arrests of more than 130 undocumented immigrants in the Washington region.

PA: Pennsylvania will end driver’s license suspensions for some convictions

wtae.com

The Pennsylvania legislature approved a measure to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for people convicted of crimes that include some drug convictions, underage purchase of liquor or tobacco, carrying a false identification and making terroristic threats against a school property.

MT: Montana governor sues attorney general over land conservation

helenair.com

Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a legally binding opinion from Republican Attorney General Tim Fox stopping the governor from unilaterally approving land conservation measures in eastern Montana. 

VA: Judges set timeline for new Virginia legislative map

apnews.com

A potential new Virginia legislative map will go public in early December. Federal judges have ordered a special expert hired to help redraw some of the state's legislative districts to submit a map by Dec. 7. Other groups can submit their proposed maps before then as well.

NJ: New Jersey lawmakers will miss October deadline for marijuana legalization vote

northjersey.com

New Jersey’s top Democrats in the legislature acknowledged that they will not meet their self-imposed deadline this month to vote on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. 

TX: Texas business groups want to pre-empt local sick leave ordinances

texastribune.org

Sixteen business groups have organized a new coalition to keep “California-style policies” out of Texas workplaces — an effort that could put the nail in the coffin of paid sick leave ordinances already on shaky ground in two Texas cities.

WI: Wisconsin counties seek voter support to pay for nursing homes

madison.com

Voters in two Wisconsin counties will decide in November whether to exceed state property tax limits to help pay for county-run nursing homes. Many of the counties subsidize their nursing homes, but only a few have sought voter approval to increase levy limits to help pay for the facilities. 

MO: Missouri House speaker to step down to run Medicaid program

kansascity.com

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has tapped House Speaker Todd Richardson to run the state-run health insurance program for the poor. Both are Republicans. Richardson’s new salary will be $225,000. As speaker, he was paid $38,400 a year.

AZ: New Arizona school science standards recognize evolution

azcentral.com

The Arizona State Board of Education approved revised science and history standards recognizing the role of evolution, shrugging off contrary suggestions from outgoing State Superintendent Diane Douglas.

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