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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/6

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/6

MI: Michigan State University to pay $4.5M fine in Larry Nassar scandal

freep.com

Michigan State University will pay a record $4.5 million fine for its poor handling of the Larry Nassar case, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

NJ: New Jersey city will replace private lead pipes for free

nj.com

Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka, a Democrat, said the replacement of the 18,000 old lead pipes snaking underground will be mandatory — and free — for all city property owners.

TX: Texas governor issues eight executive orders aimed at stopping potential mass shooters

texastribune.org

The orders by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott mostly focus on strengthening Texas law enforcement’s ability to respond to and prevent future shootings, largely through improving reporting channels and closing "information gaps" when members of the public or law enforcement agencies worry that a person might be a threat to commit violence.

OH: More groups raise questions about Ohio voter purge

dispatch.com

Three new groups are questioning Ohio’s voter purge — leaving open the possibility of another lawsuit — as the state prepares to cancel the registrations of hundreds of thousands of voters today.

CA: Why can’t California solve its housing crisis?

rollingstone.com

California is the epicenter of the tech industry and the wealthiest, most progressive state in the union, but homelessness is surging — and no one can agree on how to fix it.

MO: Who pays in Missouri when courts illegally take fees? 

stltoday.com

Two court cases in Missouri attempt to stop courts from unlawfully assessing fees.

VT: Vermont calls for investigation into power company’s Tesla battery program

vtdigger.org

The Vermont Department of Public Service is recommending an investigation into the potential risks and benefits of a proposal to add more home energy storage systems across the state.

NC: North Carolina courts followed U.S. Supreme Court dissenter's lead

slate.com

A 2019 U.S. Supreme Court ruling was a painful setback for voting rights advocates. But a silver lining was Justice Elena Kagan's dissent, which showed state judges how to kill off gerrymandering using their own constitutions.

FL: Florida guardianship laws weakened by elder-law attorneys’ lobbying

orlandosentinel.com

A 2015 law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature underscores the influence that the elder-law industry has in shaping Florida’s guardianship laws.

MS: Mississippi group turns in signatures to get medical marijuana on ballot

clarionledger.com

A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi has turned in more than enough signatures — pending state certification — to get the issue before voters next year.

OK: Oklahoma Supreme Court delays challenge to permitless carry petition

oklahoman.com

The Oklahoma Supreme Court agreed to delay hearing a challenge to the petition to halt the permitless carry law until signatures are counted.

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