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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/1

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/1

FL: Florida governor signs bill limiting felon voting

tampabay.com

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups quickly filed a lawsuit to block the new Florida law, arguing on behalf of several felons who registered to vote after the amendment passed, but are now ineligible under the legislation.

KY: Kentucky law requiring ultrasounds before abortions will stand, court says

courier-journal.com

A federal appeals court won't reconsider its April ruling upholding a 2017 Kentucky law requiring doctors who perform abortions to first complete an ultrasound and attempt to show and describe the image to the patient, as well as to play an audible heartbeat of the fetus.

NE: Nebraska measure could tip number of states with casinos

apnews.com

With financial backing from the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, supporters of legalized casinos have launched a petition drive to place the issue on Nebraska's 2020 ballot. Twenty-five states allow commercial casino gambling, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

PA: Pennsylvania’s libraries poised to get first state funding boost in a decade

penncapital-star.com

The 2019-20 spending plan that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign includes a $59 million allocation for Pennsylvania’s public library subsidy — a 9% bump from the current fiscal year that ends July 1, and the fund’s first increase since 2010.

TN: Lawsuit filed over Tennessee law banning sex offenders from living with their own children

tennessean.com

Three unidentified men filed a federal lawsuit against Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee over a soon-to-be-enacted law that will prohibit convicted sex offenders from staying overnight in the presence of their children.

VA: Judge denies Virginia request to dismiss lawsuit over driver's licenses

richmond.com

A federal judge denied a request to dismiss a class-action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Virginia law that automatically suspends the driver's licenses of people who cannot afford to pay court costs and fines.

NY: 2,000 cameras will be watching how you drive in New York City

nytimes.com

Cameras have stood guard outside New York City schools for years to keep children safe from speeding cars. Now the city is sharply expanding the use of such cameras to nearly every neighborhood. 

SD: What happened to South Dakota's missing and murdered indigenous women?

argusleader.com

A new South Dakota law will require the state Division of Criminal Investigation to collect data on missing and murdered indigenous people and create procedures and training for investigating cases involving women and children.

MN: Can Minnesota save its dairy farms?

minnpost.com

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture rolled out a state program that aims to inject cash into the state’s struggling dairy industry, and the legislature passed an $8 million Minnesota Dairy Assistance, Investment and Relief Initiative (DAIRI) this year. 

OK: Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates using federal funds for college

apnews.com

Criminal justice reform advocates point to education as one of the most effective ways of combating recidivism and decreasing incarceration rates, of which Oklahoma leads the nation.

NM: New laws reflect progressive shift in New Mexico state politics

apnews.com

New laws taking effect in New Mexico restrict gun access, raise taxes, decriminalize low-level drug possession and provide a major boost in state spending on everything from teacher salaries to road construction. 

CO: Colorado governor recall effort mired by infighting and legal questions

coloradosun.com

A committee to recall Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, has raised more than $100,000 but its reports are littered with errors and its online donors don’t always match the information it gives the state.

NV: Nevada city program bridges the digital divide in public housing

reviewjournal.com

Las Vegas, Nevada, paid $75,000 to join a pilot program, ConnectHomeUSA, that offers devices to families, covers two years of high-speed internet access and offers training on pre-installed apps for job and school resources. 

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