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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 3/21

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 3/21

US: Western states finalize Colorado River plan

denverpost.com

Faced with reservoirs less than half full along the Colorado River, federal authorities and negotiators for seven Western states finalized a landmark plan to share the burden of voluntarily using less water as growing cities and warming temperatures deplete the supply for 40 million people.

KS: Kansas House endorses Medicaid expansion

kansas.com

The change could extend health coverage to 150,000 Kansans but cost upwards of $47 million a year. It moves next to the state Senate.

WA: Could Washington state be a model for Native voting rights?

psmag.com

Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed a state law designed to empower Native American people to overcome the long-standing obstacles they face when they try to vote. 

CT: Connecticut ‘distracted walking’ bill advances

courant.com

The Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill that would make it a fineable offense to cross the street while looking at a cellphone.

PA: Pennsylvania law would make it harder for convicted politicians to keep pensions

post-gazette.com

Pennsylvania is poised to enact a new law that would require more public officials convicted of crimes to forfeit their taxpayer-funded pensions.

NH: New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirement challenged in court

modernhealth.com

Three advocacy groups sued the Trump administration to challenge New Hampshire's approved work requirement for Medicaid beneficiaries.

AZ: Arizona high court considers legality of medical pot extracts

apnews.com

The Arizona Supreme Court will determine whether edibles and other extracts are protected under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The court will determine if hashish — resin from the marijuana plant — is the same as the plant itself.

NV: Nevada lawmakers call for study on working conditions in brothels

lasvegassun.com

Democratic Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen is proposing a bill that would create a legislative committee to study the working conditions of brothels and determine the extent to which Nevada’s brothels “provide for the health, safety and general welfare of sex workers.”

WI: Wisconsin Assembly speaker refuses to testify in gerrymandering case

jsonline.com

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is refusing to testify in Wisconsin's gerrymandering case, opening a new front in a long-running legal battle over how election maps are drawn.

NC: North Carolina leads experiment in decentralization

citylab.com

North Carolina may relocate its Division of Motor Vehicles from Raleigh to boost lagging Rocky Mount. It could be a national model for decentralizing state power.

AR: Arkansas governor signs bill requiring truth in labeling

arkansasonline.com

The Arkansas "truth in labeling" bill was filed about a month ago, and almost half of the states have entertained similar legislation that regulates the labeling of some food products, including foods called meat that are derived from plants or lab-grown cells of beef, pork or poultry.

NY: Could New York City get real casinos? State leaders are listening

nytimes.com

With New York’s upstate casinos struggling, some state officials are considering the once unthinkable: putting casinos in New York City itself.

GA: Forced DUI breath tests remain banned under Georgia bill

ajc.com

Georgia’s highest court ruled last month that refusing to take a Breathalyzer-type alcohol content test can’t be used in court against motorists suspected of driving while drunk. A bill up for a final vote in the state Senate fails to reinstate mandatory roadside breath test

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