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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/9

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/9

NY: New York governor signs a bill to allow release of Trump’s state tax returns

nytimes.com

As the battle over President Donald Trump’s federal taxes intensifies in Washington, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to allow congressional committees to access the president’s state tax returns.

NV: Democrats will be able to vote by telephone in Nevada caucus

thenevadaindependent.com

Democrats in Nevada will for the first time be able to choose their preferred presidential candidate by phone in the state’s first-in-the-West nominating contest next year, part of an overall effort by the state party and the Democratic National Committee to make the caucus process as smooth and inclusive as possible.

CO: Recall petition for Colorado governor approved

denverpost.com

A group that wants to recall Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has been given the green light to start circulating petitions to get a special election on the ballot this fall. If the effort succeeds, it will be the first time in Colorado’s history that a sitting governor has faced a recall election.

AK: A divided Alaska Legislature begins troubled special session 

adn.com

Amid unprecedented division, the Alaska Legislature gathered in Juneau and Wasilla on Monday, with lawmakers in each location claiming it is the rightful place for their second special session this year.

RI: Cutting cybersecurity post was ‘shortsighted,’ Rhode Island’s governor told

bostonglobe.com

Government watchdogs say it is “shortsighted” for Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration to eliminate Rhode Island’s first cabinet-level cybersecurity officer position at a time when cyberattacks are on the rise and the 2020 presidential election is on the horizon.

CA: California lawmakers take up wildfire proposals

apnews.com

California lawmakers are rushing to pass bills aimed at stabilizing the state’s electric utilities and putting a renewed focus on safety in the face of devastating wildfires caused by utility equipment.

NH: New Hampshire extends Medicaid work requirement deadline

unionleader.com

State officials have started to send canvassers door to door to locate some 16,800 recipients of expanded Medicaid who fall under New Hampshire’s work requirement for the health care program.

TX: Texas must alleviate ‘crushing’ foster care caseworker caseloads

dallasnews.com

Texas will have to submit to a federal court’s supervision of plans for relieving the “crushing” workloads of Child Protective Services caseworkers who track foster children, a federal appeals court has ruled. The state also must make sure that foster group homes have 24/7 supervision by an adult.

VT: Vermont one of two states that complied with ICE search of driver database

vtdigger.org

In 2013, Vermont became one of the few states in the nation to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Six years later, it is one of two states to have allowed federal immigration authorities to search its photographic database of drivers. 

UT: Utah refutes report of sharing driver’s license photos with immigration agents

deseretnews.com

Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert was “very concerned” about reports that ICE and the FBI were using driver’s license photos to form the foundation for a facial recognition database. But he said they were told by the public safety department that such reports were inaccurate.

NC: North Carolina House delays override vote

wral.com

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won’t get to influence a final state budget unless enough fellow Democrats uphold his veto of a spending plan penned by General Assembly Republicans. Republicans need more Democratic defectors than they got in a final budget vote.

WI: Wisconsin governor signs electric scooter bill into law

jsonline.com

A new Wisconsin law allows local governments to regulate electric scooters. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signed the bill into law, flanked by scooters from Uber, Lime and Bird.

MO: Missouri judge throws out Democrat's open-records suit against governor

stltoday.com

A county judge dismissed a lawsuit a Democrat filed last year that accused Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s administration of breaking the Sunshine Law by charging thousands of dollars for a cache of records.

GA: Appeals court sides with Georgia legislature in shielding its records

ajc.com

A top state court has backed up the Georgia General Assembly’s desire to keep its records from the public. It decided that documents held by the assembly and its offices are not subject to the Open Records Act, which cities, counties and most state agencies are legally bound to follow.

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