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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/24

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/24

IL: Nearly 80% of Illinoisans who have lost their right to own a gun may still be armed

chicagotribune.com

Thousands of guns may still be in the possession of Illinois residents deemed too dangerous to have them, a Chicago Tribune investigation found. Nearly 27,000 Illinois residents over the past four years have not informed authorities what they did with their guns after state police stripped their licenses.

WA: Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

apnews.com

Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people’s immigration status. The new rules rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. 

CO: Colorado governor signs insulin price cap bill

denver.cbslocal.com

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed a bill in to law that caps copayments on insulin medications for those with private insurance at $100. With the action, Colorado becomes the first state in the country to put such a price cap into effect. The $100 ceiling is well under the $600-to-$900 a month range many people were paying.

FL: Florida governor blocks recordings of deaths in mass shootings from the public

miamiherald.com

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed a bill that blocks the release of government-held recordings of deaths in mass violence incidents, in a move that could affect what the public sees after mass shootings like the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy last year or the Pulse nightclub attack in 2016.

MS: Flooding worst Mississippi's seen since Great Flood of 1927

clarionledger.com

An estimated 544,000 acres are submerged, 515 homes damaged and hundreds of businesses affected, according to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican. The damage could be in the tens of millions of dollars.

AL: Alabama lawmakers pass bill to end judge-signed marriage licenses

al.com

The Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill that would end the issuance of marriage licenses by probate judges and instead have judges record documents that would serve as the official records of marriage. In Alabama, some probate judges stopped issuing marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015 because they did not want to sign same-sex marriage licenses. 

NJ: New Jersey may require warnings on opioid labels

nj.com

New Jersey may soon become the first state in the nation to require a warning label on all opioid prescriptions. The state Assembly gave final legislative passage to a bill that would mandate that all such prescriptions carry black and white stickers that say opioids run the risk of addiction and overdose. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is undecided on the bill.

OK: Oklahoma lawmakers seek return to five-day school weeks

apnews.com

A bill that would force more Oklahoma school districts to return to five-day school weeks has been given final legislative approval and is heading to the governor’s desk. The state Department of Education says that 92 of Oklahoma’s more than 500 school districts currently are operating on four-day school weeks.

TX: Texas legislative leaders announce agreement on top priorities 

texastribune.org

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and House and Senate leaders declared that state lawmakers had reached agreement on three legislative priorities: A two-year state budget, a comprehensive reform of school finance and legislation designed to slow the growth of rising property taxes. Both chambers will need to sign off on the three bills.

MN: Flame retardant ban becomes Minnesota law

mprnews.org

Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law that bans certain flame-retardant chemicals in mattresses and other household products, expanding efforts to protect firefighters and children from exposure to toxins that pose a health risk.

AZ: Arizona legislature to consider tripling per-day pay

apnews.com

Arizona lawmakers in both parties appeared supportive of a bill that would increase their pay. They said rural lawmakers especially are under-compensated for their travel costs and noted that federal tax law changes eliminated the ability to write off those expenses.

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