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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/3

NV: Gun control bill headed to Nevada governor

reviewjournal.com

The Nevada legislature passed an omnibus gun control bill that would ban bump stocks and enact more stringent gun storage provisions and “red flag” laws, which would allow authorities to seize guns from people deemed threatening to themselves or others.

ND: North Dakota tribe battles state over drilling rights

apnews.com

With an estimated $100 million in oil royalties in escrow, North Dakota is seeking ownership rights to oil in a riverbed claimed by Native American tribes. The state successfully lobbied the U.S. Department of the Interior to suspend an Obama-era memo stating that oil under the original Missouri River bed should belong to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations.

IL: lllinois House OKs gambling expansion, new taxes for public works

chicagotribune.com

In an overtime session, Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois House came together after tense negotiations to pass a package of legislation that included authorizing a Chicago casino and significant increases in gasoline and cigarette taxes to fund a massive public works program.

LA: Louisiana lawmakers add new regulations for abortion clinics

apnews.com  

After passing a strict abortion ban, Louisiana lawmakers approved new rules that would lengthen the time abortion clinics must retain patient records and require that women seeking an abortion receive lengthy background information about the doctor who will perform the procedure.

ME: Maine governor signs bill aimed at preventing collisions with Amish country buggies

pressherald.com

The new law requires operators of horse-drawn buggies in Maine to outfit their carriages with reflectors and lights. Either electric lights or oil lanterns are permissible.

NM: New Mexico moves to limit eligibility for child care aid

apnews.com

New Mexico’s child welfare department is proposing to tighten income requirements for families to begin receiving child care assistance, saying the agency did not get the legislative funding needed to keep a higher limit in place. More than a quarter of New Mexico’s children, compared with less than a fifth nationally, live at or below the federal poverty line.

AL: Alabama lawmakers approve school funding increase

al.com

Alabama lawmakers gave final approval to a $7.1 billion state education budget, an increase of almost $500 million. The new money will be used to hire more teachers in grades 4-6, boost funding for pre-K and give a 4% pay raise to school employees.

SD: South Dakota farmers face slowest start to planting in decades

argusleader.com

South Dakota farmers have planted a quarter of the corn they intend to this year, well behind the 90% they typically have in the ground by this point. The wet spring has also put soybeans behind schedule.

TX: Texas lawmakers boost special education funding

texastribune.org

Texas lawmakers committed about $223 million to pay off a federal financial penalty and will study the possibility of overhauling special education funding in 2021. They also approved a broader school finance measure that would boost funding for students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities.

NJ: New Jersey economic department hit with grand jury subpoena over tax credit program

politico.com

A state grand jury is looking into New Jersey’s tax incentive program and has issued at least one subpoena to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, according to three sources, Politico New Jersey reported.

DE: Here’s how Delaware’s gun bills were stopped

delawareonline.com

Pro-gun Delaware residents say they were able to defeat three gun control bills thanks to a growing guns rights group on Facebook, gun business owners getting more involved, and pro-gun union members threatening to pull campaign dollars from legislators who supported the bills.

CT: Connecticut liberals flex muscle with passage of three bills

courant.com

Progressive Democrats in Connecticut’s General Assembly scored a key victory with final passage of a bill establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance. The vote follows approval of a measure to raise Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2023 and a proposal that offers new civil rights protections to undocumented immigrants.

DC: D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit against Facebook can proceed, judge rules

washingtonpost.com

The ruling paves the way for District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine to begin “obtaining all of the evidence proving that Facebook broke District law and did not follow its own policies to protect the privacy of more than 340,000 Facebook users who reside in the District,” he said. 

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