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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/24

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/24

WA: Washington legislature readies bipartisan push to pay college athletes

mynorthwest.com

Washington legislators will soon renew a push for legislation to allow college athletes to earn money for sponsorships, an effort that Republican state Rep. Drew Stokesbary believes will gain momentum following California’s first-in-the-nation passage of such a measure.

NC: North Carolina governor urged to make changes at Board of Elections

newsobserver.com

Election security advocates and the head of the North Carolina NAACP want a new leader at the N.C. Board of Elections. In a letter sent to Gov. Roy Cooper, they asked the Democratic governor to demand the resignation of the election board’s chairman and say the elections board has not done enough to focus on cyber security.

MD: Maryland AG sues Kushner apartment company, alleging thousands of violations

baltimoresun.com

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, has sued an apartment management company owned by senior White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, alleging it routinely used “unfair or deceptive” rental practices while running rodent-infested apartments in Baltimore and the surrounding region.

PA: Pennsylvania lawmakers abruptly abandon attempt to limit public access to campaign expenses

spotlightpa.org

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania legislature abruptly reversed course and said it would abandon a measure that could make it harder to find out how lawmakers and other elected officials spend millions of dollars in campaign cash. The change comes a day after The Caucus and Spotlight PA reported on the proposal.

MI: Bills aims to rein in support animals in Michigan

upnorthlive.com

A new bill backed by bipartisan Michigan lawmakers looks to create more rules for people claiming to have an emotional support animal. A landlord would have the right to ask for documentation from a physician licensed in the state and lying about it would be a crime.

WY: Teen suicide in Wyoming has jumped 40% in three years

trib.com

Among adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19, Wyoming’s suicide rate jumped from 22.2 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2016 to 31.1 this year. It’s the second-worst rate in America, behind Alaska. While teen suicide has been on the rise nationally, Wyoming’s rate is triple the national average.

OK: Oklahoma judge pauses abortion ‘reversal’ law

oklahoman.com

An Oklahoma County judge issued a temporary injunction halting an abortion reversal law from taking effect pending further litigation. The law would require doctors who perform abortions to inform their patients that a medication-assisted abortion may be reversible if a patient only takes one pill of a two-dose regimen.

KY: Kentucky to get nearly $40M from settlements with two drug companies

kentucky.com

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced two settlements totaling $39.7 million that would benefit Kentucky’s Medicaid program and General Fund, which pays for most state programs.

OH: Ohio, locals unifying to negotiate opioid settlements

dispatch.com

Ohio’s local governments are moving toward joining the state in jointly negotiating settlements of lawsuits filed against opioid-makers and distributors, according to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.

VT: Vermont settles for $10M with Suboxone distributor

vtdigger.org

Vermont has reached a nearly $11 million settlement with a pharmaceutical distributor that allegedly wrongly promoted an opioid addiction medication, causing improper expenditures of Medicaid funds.

OR: Audit finds attempt to streamline Oregon welfare programs could reduce access

statesmanjournal.com

Oregonians may face delays in accessing safety net programs if the state doesn't have enough workers in place to manage the flood of new data in a project intended to reduce red tape.

KS: Kansas government employee survey raises concerns about low wages, benefits

cjonline.com

Three of every five Kansas executive branch government employees said in a survey their most significant workplace concern was low pay and benefits, while 1 in 4 pointed to inadequate equipment, technology and training as the greatest shortcoming.

MS: Residents in one Mississippi county owe over $2M in trash fees

natchezdemocrat.com

A Mississippi county is looking at ways to hold residents accountable for more than $2 million owed in outstanding garbage collection fees. Property owners there collectively owe the sum to the local government, but the county is legally required to continue providing trash pickup service anyway. The garbage collection fee per household is $15 a month. But the debt problem has persisted for decades.

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