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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 3/18

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 3/18

GA: Anti-abortion heartbeat bill would have tax impact for Georgians

ajc.com

Expectant parents could claim an embryo on their taxes as dependents as soon as a doctor detects a heartbeat in the womb if a proposal making its way through the Georgia legislature becomes law.

KS: Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

apnews.com

A federal appeals court will hear arguments over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote.

OH: Ohio gets OK for Medicaid work requirements

dispatch.com

The Trump administration approved Ohio’s request to require thousands of Medicaid recipients to work to qualify for benefits. Ohio is the ninth state to get such permission. Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire have implemented the requirement.

VA: Amazon's Virginia headquarters gets $23M in incentives

apnews.com

Protesters shouted "shame" as a Virginia county board approved a $23 million incentives package. Supporters said Amazon's plan to build a massive facility in Crystal City will lead to tens of thousands of good jobs and bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.  

MD: Baltimore delegates vote to kill Maryland bill allowing police to carry guns in schools

baltimoresun.com

Baltimore lawmakers voted down legislation that would have allowed city school police officers to carry guns while patrolling in schools. The city’s House delegation voted 10-5 against the bill — effectively killing it for this legislative session.

TX: Texas lawmakers look to quicken parole for youth offenders

apnews.com

Lawmakers looking to shrink Texas’ prison population and costs are considering a bill that would allow some people convicted of committing serious crimes as minors to apply for parole in half the time they’re currently allowed.

AR: Arkansas governor signs 18-week limit on abortion; ACLU promises suit

arkansasonline.com

Abortion opponents trumpeted the bill as a victory for the unborn, but abortion-rights advocates said the law is unconstitutional, promising to sue Arkansas.

UT: Utah legislature moves to ban cities from creating stronger police review boards

sltrib.com

Utah activists have pushed cities to create stronger civilian review commissions to help hold police accountable. The Republican-controlled state legislature took notice and moved to ban the very boards these activists want.

FL: Will Florida legislators make it easier to ban books in schools? We’ll soon find out.

tampabay.com

With the ear of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and several state lawmakers, the conservative Florida Citizens Alliance is angling to ban nearly 100 books it considers offensive.

WI: Wisconsin weighs plan for 100 percent renewable energy

madison.com

Wisconsin's state capital, Madison, is poised to take a next big step to address climate change with an initiative that would require $95 million in up-front investments but promises to dramatically reduce emissions and deliver substantial savings over time.

HI: Hawaii film tax credit cap under fire in legislature

staradvertiser.com

Estimated state rebates for film and TV production last year jumped to $90 million from $55 million the year before. Now, a restraint on the subsidy is facing heavy pushback in the legislature.  

MT: Montana is finding more homeless students who previously 'fell through the cracks’

billingsgazette.com

Montana has seen its homeless more than double among rural students in a four-year period, according to a recent report.

NY: Real estate for the afterlife

nytimes.com

If the ever-soaring price of condos in New York City has your head spinning, wait until you shop for a cemetery plot. Prices for the last piece of real estate that any New Yorker will ever own — a cemetery plot or an aboveground crypt — have also climbed significantly over the years.

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