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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/21

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/21

MA: Judge halts immigrant arrests in Massachusetts

bostonglobe.com

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction that stops U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from arresting people going to, attending, or leaving Massachusetts courthouses on “official business.”

OR: What happens if Oregon Senate Republicans don’t come back?

oregonlive.com

Senate Republicans have left the Oregon Capitol with no apparent plans to return. Their absence stems from opposition to a proposal to regulate carbon emissions.

IA: Fatal Iowa school bus fire was preventable, investigators say

desmoinesregister.com

A fatal Iowa school bus fire in 2017 could have been prevented, investigators have found. Higher standards for drivers’ fitness for duty, emergency training and fire safety could have prevented the accident.

NJ: New Jersey governor declares flood emergency

nj.com

Connecticut Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, declared a state of emergency as heavy rains continued to cause extensive flooding in three South Jersey counties.

CT: Connecticut to test water for toxic chemicals

courant.com

Connecticut officials are planning to test major rivers and lakes across the state this summer for the presence of the potentially toxic compound known as PFAS, which was involved in a recent spill.

IL: Illinois governor creates 2020 census office

chicagotribune.com

With the 2020 census nine months away, Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order creating an office designated to help with statewide outreach. The office and an advisory panel will divvy up funds for local groups, particularly in hard-to-count communities.

TX: Stealing packages could result in jail time in Texas

texastribune.org

Starting Sept. 1, Texans who take items from mailboxes and porches face penalties ranging from up to a year in jail to between two and 10 years in prison, depending on the number of addresses stolen from. Critics say the punishments are extreme and not based on the value of what’s taken.

NY: Sex harassment laws toughened in New York

nytimes.com

For decades, sexual harassment was the New York State Capitol’s worst-kept secret. Even as women climbed the ranks of political power and won legal promises of gender equality, legislators avoided the topic.

WI: Wisconsin agrees to pay teen inmates $4.8M

jsonline.com

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration agreed to pay nearly $5 million to three former inmates at Wisconsin's juvenile prison complex — bringing the state’s total legal bills for problems there to more than $25 million.

OH: Ohio House OKs water protection fund

cleveland.com

The Ohio House passed a bill that creates a fund to protect Lake Erie and other bodies of water. The measure was proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican.

ND: State court to rule on oil funds for schools

kfyrtv.com

North Dakota’s supreme court heard arguments on accusations that oil producers underpaid state royalties by tens of millions of dollars. Most of the money goes to a trust fund for K-12 funding.

FL: Florida voters support minimum wage hike, poll shows

tampabay.com

Florida voters, including Republicans, support raising the state’s minimum wage, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, which found 76% of respondents supported an increase.

AR: Arkansas judge stays campaign contributions order

arkansasonline.com

A federal judge has halted his order prohibiting Arkansas from enforcing a two-year blackout period on campaign contributions for candidates for state office.

HI: Paying taxes doesn’t make vacation rentals legal, Hawaii attorneys say

staradvertiser.com

Hawaii’s top attorneys say a contentious bill approved by this year’s legislature and sitting on Democratic Gov. David Ige’s desk does not legalize thousands of vacation rentals in noncompliance with county laws.

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