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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/8

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/8

WI: Uncertainty growing in Wisconsin's manufacturing sector as survey finds job cuts

madison.com

Amid international trade disputes and the rising cost of materials brought on by tariffs, and despite a generous state tax credit, recent economic data show Wisconsin manufacturers are tightening their belts. A preliminary government employment survey found Wisconsin manufacturers employed 5,200 fewer people in August compared with a year earlier — the largest year-over-year decline since the last recession.

MN: Minnesota’s child care program needs more state subsidies, Democrats say

minnpost.com

As Minnesota faces a lack of affordable child care, Democrats and other advocates say a hike in subsidies can lower costs for parents and raise pay for workers. But Republicans are wary of giving more money to an agency they distrust.

NY: New York governor signs law banning pelvic exams on unconscious women

timesunion.com

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation requiring medical officials to obtain consent before performing a pelvic exam on a patient who is unconscious or under anesthesia. For many years, medical students have practiced pelvic exams on women under anesthesia but a handful of states have adopted laws that ban the practice.

HI: Hawaii ready to ban vaping

civilbeat.org

The Hawaii Department of Health is prepared to pull e-cigarettes from the shelves, officials said, but the department stopped short of placing an outright ban. Instead the department issued a public health advisory urging everyone to stop vaping until investigations are complete.

UT: Cases of vaping-related illness rise in Utah

sltrib.com

Cases of vaping-related illness in Utah rose again last week, from 71 to 76. More than 90% of the patients reported vaping unregulated THC products, which are illegal in Utah.

ID: Ruling could make it more difficult for Idaho minors abused by state officials to sue

apnews.com

An Idaho Supreme Court ruling could make it harder for juveniles molested by state officials to sue their abusers. The court said five men who said they were sexually abused as youths at a juvenile detention center can’t sue the state because they waited too long.

WV: Supreme Court won't take up West Virginia impeachment case

wvgazettemail.com

The U.S. Supreme Court said it will not hear arguments in the case that halted impeachment proceedings against West Virginia Supreme Court justices last year. A state court found that the House had violated Justice Margaret Workman’s right to due process when it passed the articles of impeachment against her and other justices in August 2018.

NJ: New Jersey governor announces steps to fight lead in school water

northjersey.com

New Jersey parents should soon be able to more easily see if their children are at risk of drinking lead in school water. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced three new school-focused measures: more frequent testing, lead pipe and faucet replacement, and ways for parents to find test results.

CO: Colorado proposes running public health insurance option through private insurers

denverpost.com

When Colorado’s public health insurance option rolls out on the individual market in a few years, the coverage will be administered by private insurance companies. Coloradans who receive coverage under the public option plans could get lower monthly premiums than through other commercial plans.

MI: Michigan governor vetoes anti-abortion pregnancy clinic funding

mlive.com

Tucked in among Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item vetoes last week was $700,000 for a group that provides anti-abortion counseling through clinics in Michigan. A think tank that investigates anti-abortion funding had recommended the veto, which the anti-abortion group protested.

FL: Federal judge eyes Florida's felon voting rights law

abcactionnews.com

A federal judge is eyeing whether to block a new law limiting voting rights for Florida felons. Attorneys for former prisoners called for federal Judge Robert Hinkle to temporarily put the law on hold during a challenge.

WY: Wyoming utility leading drive to expand wind and solar

trib.com

Wyoming will soon reckon with the shuttering of numerous coal plants that have provided electricity to the western grid for decades. The proposed changes would mark a historic revamping of the state’s energy landscape.

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