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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/30

GA: Georgia legislators challenge subpoenas from Trump special grand jury

ajc.com

Members of the General Assembly are tussling with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office over subpoenas served as part of the ongoing criminal investigation into the actions of former President Donald Trump and his allies following Georgia’s 2020 elections.

AZ: AG says territorial-era ban on abortions in Arizona is the law of the land, not 15-week ban

azcentral.com

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, believes a 158-year-old territorial law that mandates prison time for abortion providers is the governing law in the state and that a separate measure barring abortions after 15 weeks won't supersede it.

NY: New York lawsuits target ‘ghost gun’ sellers

timesunion.com

Ten firearms distributors accused of illegally selling thousands of “ghost gun” kits to New York residents are being sued by the office of state Attorney General Letitia James, who alleges they endangered the public by selling the unfinished weapons to individuals who in many instances had criminal backgrounds or were not lawfully permitted to possess them.

CA: Leak of California concealed-carry permit data is larger than initially reported

latimes.com

A massive leak of personal information from a California state database for permits to carry concealed weapons is larger than initially reported, officials said. The leak affected not only current permit holders but anybody who was granted or denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon between 2011 and 2021.

MT: Montana Supreme Court says legislature can’t mandate campus carry

montanafreepress.org

A unanimous ruling found that Montana GOP lawmakers violated the Board of Regents’ constitutional authority in allowing people to carry firearms on college campuses.

DC, MD, VA: DC-area officials move to help abortion clinics after Roe ruling

washingtonpost.com

Some localities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are relaxing zoning requirements for new abortion clinics. Others are offering grants to facilities likely to be inundated with out-of-state patients—especially those with lower incomes—and vowing that their jurisdictions will not cooperate in any investigations involving people who’ve arrived for an abortion from states with antiabortion laws.

OH: Abortion clinics ask Ohio Supreme Court to order state not to enforce 6-week “heartbeat” ban

cleveland.com

Preterm-Cleveland, Planned Parenthood Greater Ohio and other abortion providers asked the Ohio Supreme Court to order the state to not enforce the six-week “heartbeat” ban.

TN: With abortions halted in Tennessee, providers focus on helping patients travel

wpln.org

When prospective patients now call Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, they’re linked up with a navigator who connects them with clinics in Illinois and Virginia. Those in need can request gas cards, paid accommodations, or information about abortion funds that can help with additional expenses.

TX: Texas abortion funds languish in legal turmoil

texastribune.org

It’s unclear whether Texas’ tangled web of abortion laws would make it a crime to pay for a Texan to leave the state to get an abortion, but the threat has compelled the funds to cease services.

NJ: Record-high New Jersey budget with property tax rebates, big pension money, tax holidays passes

nj.com

With an economic slowdown looming, state lawmakers passed the largest spending plan in New Jersey history, a $50.6 billion state budget that includes billions in property tax relief, the state’s largest-ever surplus and a second consecutive full payment to the public worker pension fund.

SC: South Carolina officials celebrate new law giving military pensions a full break from income taxes

postandcourier.com

Military retirees no longer will pay any South Carolina income taxes on their pensions under a new law meant to attract and thank veterans while also keeping their skills in the Palmetto State. 

AL: Alabama inmate sues to block funding for prison construction

montgomeryadvertiser.com

An Alabama prison inmate sued to stop the state from spending money on new prisons, arguing that an injunction required Alabama to first put the money toward improving safety in the state’s prisons. 

FL: New Florida law offers more affordable payment plan for court-ordered fees 

tampabay.com 

Floridians with outstanding court fees, including from traffic violations, will be offered more affordable payment plans under a new state law taking effect this week. 

IN: Judge refuses to block Indiana bail restrictions

apnews.com

A federal judge has refused to block an Indiana law that will impose strict limits on charitable groups that pay the bail money needed to get people released from jail.

MO: Missouri governor signs law aimed at cracking down on homeless camps 

stltoday.com 

Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation that will criminalize homelessness by banning people from sleeping on state-owned land. Under a new law that has raised red flags among advocates for homeless Missourians, the attorney general would get the power to sue local governments that don’t enforce the ban. 

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