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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/1

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/1

FL: Trump backs a plan promoted by Florida governor to let states buy drugs from Canada

miamiherald.com

In a move that could help Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, carry out an ambitious effort to cut drug prices, the Trump administration announced a plan intended to make it easier for states like Florida to bring in prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.

NY: Teachers barred from carrying guns in New York schools

nytimes.com

In the aftermath of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump embraced a proposal to arm teachers to prevent mass shootings in schools. In New York, the answer from state lawmakers was a firm no.

NC: New election fraud charges in North Carolina

newsobserver.com

A Republican political operative who worked for former congressional candidate Mark Harris in North Carolina faces felony charges in connection with the 2018 general election, an indictment revealed by the county district attorney shows.

NH: New Hampshire cracks down on animal cruelty

unionleader.com

A two-year battle at the state House over New Hampshire’s animal cruelty laws, following several high-profile abuse cases, ended as Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, signed two bills strengthening protections for animals and increasing penalties for animal cruelty.

NM: New Mexico private fishing ban might not be a keeper

abqjournal.com

Under the New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s program, private landowners have been able to ban uninvited anglers from fishing in streams running through their land. The state Game Commission voted to halt the program for up to 90 days.

WI: Conservatives ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to block governor's budget vetoes

jsonline.com

The lawsuit was brought by three taxpayers with the help of the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. It argues Democratic Gov. Tony Evers exceeded his authority by doing what his predecessors from both parties have done — carving up a state budget to enact new policies.

IL: New law will bar Illinois employers from asking job applicants for pay history

chicagotribune.com

Illinois companies will no longer be allowed to ask job applicants or their previous employers about salary history under a measure Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law.

CO: Federal government approves Colorado reinsurance program

coloradosun.com

Colorado’s reinsurance program — responsible for what is projected to be a dramatic decline in health insurance prices for some people in 2020 — has received federal approval and, thus, will go into effect.

MN: Minnesota's hands-free law takes effect

startribune.com

Minnesota’s new hands-free law forbidding drivers from holding phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel has taken effect — and police will be watching for distracted drivers.

MD, DC: Washington, D.C., Metro asks Maryland to release $56M withheld in funding dispute

washingtonpost.com

Washington, D.C., Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld has asked Maryland to immediately release $56 million that the state has withheld in a funding dispute, saying the transit agency is making “a good faith effort” to address the state’s complaints.

SC: Partial refunds coming for South Carolina utility customers

thestate.com

Roughly $60 million in checks will be mailed to customers of Dominion Energy South Carolina who paid more than $2 billion for a nuclear power plant that was never finished. The checks are the first round of up to $146 million in cash payouts stemming from a settlement over the failed plant project.

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