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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/25

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/25

FL: Florida Senate removes sheriff criticized in mass shooting

sun-sentinel.com

After hours of debate filled with gripping, emotional details about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre, the Florida Senate voted to remove suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. The mostly party-line vote reflected the wishes of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis against Broward Democrats who voted to reinstate him.

NJ: New Jersey seeks to revoke liquor license for one of Trump’s golf clubs

washingtonpost.com

The state of New Jersey is seeking to revoke the liquor license for one of President Donald Trump’s golf clubs — a rare and potentially damaging punishment, triggered by a 2015 case where the Trump club allegedly overserved alcohol to a man who then caused a fatal wreck.

TX: Mass shootings have changed Texas

elpasotimes.com

Texas remains the state with the most mass shooting deaths. It's changing the way Texans care for their children, practice their faith and police their neighborhoods.

OK: Oklahoma petitioners turn in 313,000 signatures to get Medicaid expansion on 2020 ballot

tulsaworld.com

Medicaid expansion supporters delivered more than 313,000 signatures to the Oklahoma Secretary of State’s Office in an effort to get the issue before voters. The number was well above the nearly 178,000 required to get State Question 802 on the 2020 ballot.

WI: Say goodbye to ‘soy milk’ and ‘walnut burgers’ if Wisconsin lawmakers get their way

jsonline.com

Terms like “almond milk,” “soy cheese” and “walnut burger” would be banned under legislation Republican state lawmakers are pursuing in Wisconsin. The measures are meant to help struggling Wisconsin farmers, particularly dairy farmers who have seen a wave of bankruptcies amid low prices and trade wars. Dairy farmers have long contended alternative beverages have cut into their sales.

PA: Why is top Pennsylvania Senate aide wining and dining on campaign credit card?

spotlightpa.org

In the Pennsylvania state Senate, Shelly Brown is a top administrator, earning $162,000 a year to make sure employees get their parking and paychecks and avoid personnel problems. Come lunch time, however, she seemingly dons another hat: political operative for her boss, Republican Senate leader Joe Scarnati.

MS: In Mississippi’s fractured mental health system, it’s the haves vs. the have-nots

mississippitoday.org

Mississippi’s poorly constructed mental health system gives providers insufficient funds to provide court-ordered, community-based services, and a poorly conceived Medicaid system cuts into their revenue stream, according to mental health providers.

WA: Washington uses poor data reporting practices for student arrests

crosscut.com

School districts must report to the federal government every time they refer students to police, but officials in Washington schools aren’t certain that the data they’ve collected is accurate. This, in part, is because Washington law has lacked directives about how school districts should collect and report police referral data.

OR: Vaping has increased among Oregon teens

wweek.com

The Oregon Health Authority released new data that shows cannabis use among Oregon teenagers has remained stable since 2017, but vaping and vaping devices as the vehicle for using cannabis has dramatically increased.

ID: Idaho lawmakers to introduce child marriage bill

idahopress.com

Two lawmakers are working on a bill to put some limits on child marriage in Idaho, which currently has no minimum age. The Republicans are hashing out details of a measure that would set a minimum age for marriage, likely of 14, 15 or 16.

MT: Navajo company shuts Montana coal mine in dispute over sovereignty

apnews.com

One of the largest coal mines in the country, located in Montana, was indefinitely shuttered in a dispute over whether its new owner should be immune as a tribal entity from future lawsuits for environmental violations or reclamation costs. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company owners said they were standing up for the company’s sovereign rights as an entity wholly owned by the Navajo Nation.

ME: Ethics commission staff recommends against investigating Maine House speaker for finance violation

bangordailynews.com

The staff of Maine’s election ethics commission is recommending against investigating Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon for her past use of a partially corporate-funded committee to reimburse herself for political contributions, saying the Democrat did not violate state law because she did not intend to conceal the true source of the contributions.

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