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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/1

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/1

CA: Child care workers get bargaining rights in California

sacbee.com

Tens of thousands of California child care providers gained new rights to bargain for better wages and health benefits under a new law Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed. 

MN: Election security officials look to Minnesota National Guard for help

startribune.com

Minnesota state election officials have warned that more foreign sources are likely to try to penetrate states' election systems than in 2016, adding that there are already signs of widespread online disinformation campaigns underway.

CO: Colorado Democrats may change Section 8 voucher rules

denverpost.com

In Denver, Colorado, a year-old city law requires that landlords accept Section 8 vouchers. And it’s likely to be a contentious issue at the statehouse this year as Democrats push for a similar requirement for the entire state. 

OH: Vast majority of the 180,000 Ohio voters purged because they didn’t vote

dispatch.com

Ohio voters whose registrations were canceled in September overwhelmingly were purged from the rolls of eligible electors because they didn’t cast ballots in the last six years.

OR: Oregon city's new plastic straw policy takes effect

koin.com

Businesses in Portland, Oregon, will not be allowed to give single-use plastic items — including plastic straws, stirrers, utensils and individually packaged condiments — unless customers ask for them.

FL: Florida cell phone driving law gets tougher

floridatoday.com

Under a newly effective law, Florida drivers must put down cell phones in school zones, school crossings and construction zones. Warnings will be issued until January, when fines of $60 take effect.

MS: Sheriff, ACLU propose plan in Mississippi racial bias case

apnews.com

A central Mississippi sheriff’s department would adopt an “unbiased policing policy” and set new rules about traffic checkpoints and encounters with pedestrians, under a proposed agreement in a racial profiling lawsuit.

MI: Michigan targets mosquitoes in fight against deadly virus

wsbt.com

Planes are spraying mosquitoes in three Michigan counties in an attempt to control the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, which has spread to nine people in southwestern Michigan and claimed three lives.

UT: Utah urges residents to stop vaping THC

sltrib.com

Health authorities in Utah are investigating 10 more cases of vaping-related lung illness that surfaced over the past week and the total number of documented cases shot from 47 to 71.

AL: Alabama sheriffs release sick, dying inmates from jail to avoid paying their hospital bills

al.com

What’s more, once they recover, some Alabama inmates are quickly rearrested and booked back into the jail from which they were released.

IA: Iowa to pay nearly $500,000 more in ex-governor case fees

apnews.com

Iowa officials approved nearly half a million dollars more to cover attorney fees for former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s continued fight against a jury verdict that found he discriminated against a gay former state executive, bringing the total to more than $2.4 million.

OK: Women still not allowed to go topless in public, Oklahoma attorney general says

oklahoman.com

Oklahoma’s public decency and public nudity laws are still in effect, as are city and county rules limiting nudity, despite a federal court ruling that struck down a Colorado city's ban on women going topless in public, Attorney General Mike Hunter said.

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