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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/27

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/27

TX: Texas GOP plans to use disinformation, document shows

houstonchronicle.com

Texas Republicans plan to use a disinformation campaign to help them win back a dozen state House races, buying up website domains that look like they belong to Democratic candidates and loading the sites with negative information, according to a leaked document.

DC: D.C. sues Juul, alleging e-cigarette maker marketed to teens

washingtonpost.com

The District of Columbia’s Democratic attorney general, Karl Racine, filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs, alleging the e-cigarette giant marketed its products to teenagers and misled customers about their addictive quality.

CT: Connecticut legislators looking to expand PTSD benefits for emergency responders

ctmirror.org

After striking a landmark compromise this spring on post-traumatic stress disorder benefits for police and firefighters, Connecticut lawmakers will consider expanding protections next year to cover more emergency personnel.

MO: In Missouri, public defenders push to put poor defendants on waitlist

theappeal.org

Public defenders in St. Louis County, Missouri, are seeking to introduce a waitlist for poor defendants in need of their services. They say the list, which is awaiting approval from a judge, will help improve the quality of representation by swamped attorneys.

OK: Citizen-led ballot measures gaining steam in Oklahoma

paulsvalleydailydemocrat.com

Apparently frustrated by years of inaction, Oklahomans are increasingly circumventing the legislature to create laws at the ballot box. Voters have weighed in on five citizen-initiated ballot measures in the past three years, giving their stamp of approval to three.

DE: Delaware city will extend water lines to contaminated homes near base

wboc.com

The Dover City Council in Delaware voted to waive requirements that properties near the Air Force base dealing with contaminated water be annexed into the city to connect them to the city’s utility system.

MD: Maryland medical examiner steps aside amid high death toll

baltimoresun.com

As homicides and drug-related deaths continue their years-long rampage, Maryland’s long-serving and well-regarded chief medical examiner said he plans to leave his post.

PA: Pennsylvania passes new child sexual abuse laws

apnews.com

Pennsylvania passed new child sexual abuse laws more than a year after a grand jury report showed the cover-up of hundreds of cases of abuse in most of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses over the past seven decades.

MN: Minnesota study points to chemical compound in U.S. vaping illnesses

mprnews.org

Minnesota health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses.

US: Blue states appeal decision in Trump tax case

timesunion.com

Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York announced that they are appealing a judge’s decision rejecting their challenge of the Trump administration’s 2017 package of tax legislation, which they contend unfairly targets Democratic states. 

WI: Wisconsin governor signs legislation that could expand hemp farming

jsonline.com

Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed legislation broadening the Wisconsin program that allows hemp farming. The new law expands on recent state and federal laws that made it easier to farm hemp with low levels of THC.

NM: New Mexico bail reform working as intended, study finds

abqjournal.com

University of New Mexico researchers found that 83% of released defendants during a recent nearly two-year period had no new arrests while awaiting trial. Of those arrested, a small number were accused of committing first-degree felonies that are typically the most violent types of crimes.

CO: Colorado city council approves new minimum wage

denverpost.com

The Denver City Council unanimously increased the Colorado city’s minimum wage to thundering applause throughout its chambers.

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