What We're Reading: Top State Stories 3/6

Top State Stories 3/6

FL: Florida judge bashes Miami-Dade for helping federal immigration agents

A Florida circuit judge said Miami-Dade County violated the 10th Amendment of the Constitution when it detained a Haitian national based only on federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents’ interest in investigating his immigration status.

WY: Wyoming legislators override veto, uphold state hiring freeze

The Wyoming Legislature upheld a state hiring freeze that was opposed by Republican Gov. Matt Mead. But lawmakers failed to override Mead's veto of cuts affecting the Wyoming Business Council, Department of Corrections and Wyoming Pipeline Authority budgets.

NY: Payroll card regulations in New York are struck down

A New York state effort to more tightly regulate the prepaid cards on which many employees receive their wages was struck down by a review board, which ruled that the state’s Labor Department exceeded its authority in imposing fee limits and other restrictions on the cards.

TX: Texas House proposes using $1.4 billion from rainy day fund for health and human services

The proposal would continue pay raises for Child Protective Services workers, pay for renovations at Texas’ aging mental health hospitals and state-supported living centers for people with disabilities, and partially reverse a sweeping $350 million budget cut to a therapy program for children with disabilities.

ND: North Dakota House panel takes step toward ending state ban on parking meters

The House Transportation Committee gave a "do pass" recommendation to a bill that would dent North Dakota’s decadeslong ban on parking meters by allowing voters to approve a political subdivision's use of them.

UT: HIV-positive sexual disclosure bill heads to Utah Senate

The Utah House approved a bill that would make it a class A misdemeanor for an HIV-positive individual to fail to disclose their status to a sexual partner.

GA: Georgia House votes to collect sales taxes from ride-hailing services 

Ride-hailing services would be required to collect sales taxes from passengers under the bill, which would settle an issue left unresolved three years ago when the General Assembly passed comprehensive legislation setting ground rules for companies including Uber and Lyft to operate in Georgia.

CA: Southern California regulators approve tougher refinery rules, voluntary measures for ports

Southern California air quality officials voted to impose tougher rules on oil refineries, but rejected a proposal to regulate pollution from ports and warehouses, which are responsible for much of the region’s harmful emissions.

NM: New Mexico Senate votes to limit guns inside Capitol

New Mexico senators sent a bill to the House that would prohibit openly carrying firearms inside the Capitol, unless the person is a law enforcement officer. Residents with a permit to carry a concealed weapon could also have a firearm, if they keep it concealed.

OH: Ohio eyes less-costly alternative to EpiPens

In an effort to deal with the skyrocketing cost of potentially life-saving EpiPens, Ohio is looking at allowing pharmacists to substitute cheaper alternatives to counter emergency allergic reactions.

MO: Wave of gun legislation filed in Missouri General Assembly

Missouri lawmakers have filed more than 20 bills that would alter gun rights — ranging from requiring the reporting of lost firearms to prohibiting firearm sales for anyone on the federal no-fly list and establishing a state gun.

ID, OR: Legal weed, Idaho customers breathe life into tiny Oregon town

Huntington, Oregon, has become a hot destination for Idaho residents who buy marijuana products from the dispensaries in town. But Republican Gov. Butch Otter of Idaho is calling on the federal government to help stop such marijuana trade.

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