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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/19

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/19

MI: Michigan's medical marijuana dispensaries could run out of pot

freep.com

The 40 newly licensed medical marijuana dispensaries around Michigan are facing a shortage of pot from licensed growers, meaning some may have to shut their doors until spring. That could create hardships both for patients, as well as for business owners and their employees.

CA: California’s campaign season goes extra innings over unsigned absentee ballot envelopes

latimes.com

Under California law, an election official can’t reject an absentee ballot for lacking a signature on the envelope if the voter provides one by the close of business “on the eighth day after the election.” But the law also says the rules should be “liberally construed” in favor of the voter.

WA: Recounts likely in trio of Washington state races

seattletimes.com

A trio of Washington state legislative races appear to be headed for recounts, including a hard-fought race for an open state Senate seat that has flipped back and forth since the Nov. 6 elections. The remaining races will determine the margin by which Democrats will control the House and the Senate.

NY: New York City routinely disputed tests that showed children exposed to lead

nytimes.com

For at least two decades, almost every time a child in its apartments tested positive for high lead levels, the New York City Housing Authority launched a counteroffensive, city records show. From 2010 through July of this year, the agency challenged 95 percent of the orders it received from the Health Department to remove lead detected in apartments. 

TX: Texas lawmakers punt on setting spending cap for 2019

texastribune.org

House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican, said the unusual decision was meant to ensure Texas lawmakers didn't rush to a decision they might "regret." Typically, a board of state lawmakers sets the spending cap late in November before an upcoming legislative session. 

PA: Pennsylvania legislature adjourns: Many new laws passed, some work left undone

post-gazette.com

Pennsylvania state lawmakers wrapped up a two-year session that produced nearly 250 new laws. The governor vetoed legislation on public debt, abortion restrictions, price gouging and agricultural education. The opioid crisis, school safety and domestic violence became the subject of several new laws.

CT: Connecticut health plan to protest Trump administration's proposal on women's health

ctmirror.org

Connecticut’s Affordable Care Act exchange, Access Health CT, is protesting a Trump administration plan that would require the nation’s insurers to send a separate bill to consumers who purchase plans with abortion coverage.

ID: Idaho cities tax newcomers to pay for growth

idahostatesman.com

Idaho cities are following Boise's lead in raising impact fees paid by developers. The fees can help avoid tax increases but raise prices for new homes and commercial buildings.

VT: Enthusiasm over CBD fuels Vermont's growing hemp market

vtdigger.org

Hemp cultivation has risen rapidly where it is allowed on the trail of the huge market for CBD, or cannabidiol. In 2017, 87 Vermonters paid $25 to sign up under the hemp farmer registry authorized by the Vermont legislature in 2013. So far in 2018, 450 people have registered, state officials said. 

ND: North Dakota sets oil production records as regulators look to change flaring rules

bismarcktribune.com

North Dakota oil production surged in September to a record 1.36 million barrels a day, state regulators said. But winter weather, workforce shortages and inadequate infrastructure to capture natural gas are projected to slow that growth in the coming months.  

KS: Kansas picks embattled Florida nonprofit to help neglected kids

kansascity.com

Eckerd Connects will provide family preservation services in three of Kansas’ four regions starting next year — all but the immediate Kansas City area. Eckerd has been under intense scrutiny in Florida for what many there view as a broken foster care system under the nonprofit’s watch.

RI: Rhode Island vanity license plate requests turned away by the dozens

providencejournal.com

No, you cannot have “PPLSUC” on your license plate in Rhode Island. You cannot have “BAASTD” on your license plate. Nor can you ride around with a license plate that says “RIDEME.”

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