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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/15

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/15

CA: New California law gives more time to file child abuse charges

sacbee.com

Currently, survivors of childhood sexual assault in California must file a lawsuit either by age 26 or within three years of having acknowledged the abuse. The new law increases the statute of limitation to age 40 and gives adult survivors five years.

CO: Colorado regulators finalizing ban on certain additives in cannabis vape products

denverpost.com

Colorado’s marijuana regulators are finalizing a ban on certain additives in cannabis vape products, a significant step given new urgency by a national crisis over a mysterious lung disease linked to e-cigarettes and marijuana vape pens.

PA: Across Pennsylvania, lucrative Trump tax break isn’t delivering for the places that need it most

spotlightpa.org

While there are some success stories, a tax incentive program hailed by President Donald Trump as a lifeline for struggling urban areas is largely benefitting projects in areas of Pennsylvania that were already experiencing redevelopment.

IL: Illinois drivers have paid $1B in red light camera tickets in the past 10 years

chicago.cbslocal.com

Illinois drivers have forked over an astounding $1 billion in red light camera fines in the past 10 years, according to a new study. Now some lawmakers in Springfield are reviving a push to ban red light cameras.

VA: The (tax refund) checks are in the mail in Virginia

richmond.com

The Department of the Treasury mailed the last of almost 2.7 million refund checks under a compromise approved by the General Assembly and signed by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to compensate Virginia taxpayers who paid higher taxes this year as an unintended consequence of federal tax changes.

VT: To prevent violence, Vermont schools watch what kids do online

vtdigger.org

Carefully calibrated algorithms can patrol the hallways of the internet to alert Vermont school officials when they might need to intervene. At least that’s the pitch from a burgeoning industry.

WI: Wisconsin hemp growers call on agriculture department to change regulation after testing delays

wpr.org

Some Wisconsin hemp growers say state agriculture officials didn't test their fields on time, making their crop more likely to surpass the allowed level of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. State officials confirm some delays, but say alternative processing isn't an option under state and federal laws.

NY: New York commission considers lowering political contribution limits

timesunion.com

A New York commission tasked with creating a system of taxpayer-funded election campaigns seems to be moving toward tightening political contribution limits. Of the states with contribution limits, New York allows the largest contributions to statewide officials, who are capped at $22,600 for a primary election and $47,100 for the general election.

MO: Hundreds apply for Missouri’s new ‘Fast Track’ grant program

missourinet.com

About 400 Missourians have applied so far for the state’s new Fast Track financial aid program, designed to fill Missouri’s greatest workforce needs by covering the full cost of schooling for adults 25 or older pursuing a certificate, an industry-recognized credential or bachelors in a high demand field.

MI: Michigan, worker unions reach agreement

lansingstatejournal.com

Unions representing Michigan's state workers have come to tentative agreements with state officials over wages and health insurance through 2021. Most workers will get a 6% pay increase over three years if the deal is approved.

WA: Two Washington tribes make first call for removal of Columbia River dams

seattletimes.com

In a historic stand, the Yakama and Lummi nations called for taking down three Columbia River dams to restore salmon runs once the mightiest in the world.

AK: Shrinking ice leaves subsistence hunters with little in Alaska town

alaskapublic.org

The year 2019 has been very hot in Kotzebue, Alaska. This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released numbers showing that summer temperatures were three degrees warmer on average. That’s on top of a spring that was six degrees warmer than the previous record.

ID: Idaho governor issues first statewide proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day

idahostatesman.com

While Idaho officially recognized Columbus Day Monday, Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, also issued a proclamation declaring it Indigenous Peoples Day, the first statewide recognition of the day.

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