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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/11

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/11

AK: Alaska legislature fails to override governor’s budget vetoes

adn.com

With 22 Republicans absent from the state Capitol, the Alaska legislature failed to garner 45 votes to override Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s decision to veto $444 million from the state operating budget.

CA: California becomes first state to provide health care coverage to some undocumented adults

usatoday.com

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation making California the first state to provide health care coverage to young undocumented adults, a $98 million measure targeting almost 100,000 people.

DC: Washington floods expose double threat: Old drains and climate change

nytimes.com

When almost a month’s worth of rain deluged Washington, D.C., turning streets into rivers and basements into wading pools, it showed just how vulnerable cities with aging water systems can be in the era of climate change.

OK: Governor calls for renegotiating Oklahoma tribal gaming compacts

oklahoman.com

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is trying to force Oklahoma’s Native American tribes to renegotiate their tribal gaming compacts that are set to expire Jan. 1, 2020. Stitt appears to be using the impending expiration date as a chance to push for the state to get a larger slice of tribal gaming revenue.

NV: Federal government may have mistakenly shipped dangerous nuclear materials to Nevada

reviewjournal.com 

The U.S. Department of Energy may have mistakenly shipped “reactive” nuclear material that was incorrectly labeled as low-level radioactive waste into Nevada in dozens of shipments over the past six years. The shipments — 32 in total — started in 2013 and stopped in December 2018. 

UT: Utah health panel objects to state’s partial Medicaid expansion plan

sltrib.com

Most members of Utah’s Medical Care Advisory Committee oppose the state’s plan to partially expand Medicaid through the imposition of service reductions, spending and enrollment caps and patient work requirements.

GA: New protections for Georgia absentee ballots settle lawsuits

ajc.com

Absentee ballots can no longer be thrown out in Georgia because of a signature mismatch or a missing birth year and address, according to a new state law that recently resolved two federal lawsuits.

MA: Massachusetts governor seeks more oversight of Uber and Lyft

bostonglobe.com

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled legislation that would toughen penalties on Uber and Lyft drivers who stalk customers or falsify accounts. The Republican also is calling for the collection of more data to understand how the ride-hailing services contribute to the region’s epic traffic congestion.

TX: New holding center for migrant children opens in Texas

apnews.com

A former oilfield worker camp off a dirt road in rural Texas has become the U.S. government’s newest holding center for detaining migrant children after they leave Border Patrol stations, where complaints of overcrowding and filthy conditions have sparked a worldwide outcry.

TN: Tennessee House speaker spent thousands in campaign funds on food and plane trips

tennessean.com 

Tennessee’s Republican House Speaker Glen Casada, who is set to resign next month, used thousands of dollars in campaign money to buy food and drinks, pay for a political consultant who he hired as a state employee and cover expenses on two trips for which he used the state plane.

OH: Ohio opens test track for driverless cars, the industry’s biggest

cleveland.com

A new state-funded facility for testing driverless cars and other “smart” vehicles has opened in Ohio. The new center cost $45 million, of which $25 million came from Ohio State University, with the rest coming from the state. Officials said the new facility was the biggest in the industry.

WA: Washington state sues Navy over expansion of jet training

seattletimes.com

The Navy’s expansion of loud, low-flying Growler jet training flights on Whidbey Island drew a lawsuit from Washington state Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who alleges the Navy did not do enough to examine the flights’ impacts on people and wildlife.

HI: Hawaii governor vetoes vacation rental tax collection bill

apnews.com

Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige said he would veto a bill that would require websites like Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term vacation rental hosts, saying he wanted the state to coordinate with counties like Honolulu that have new regulations.

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