What We're Reading: Top State Stories 3/10

Top State Stories 3/10

CO: Colorado Senate approves marijuana clubs

The Colorado Senate passed a first-in-the-nation bill expressly allowing local jurisdictions to permit bring-your-own pot clubs, as long as they do not serve alcohol or any food beyond light snacks. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is hinting that he will veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking.

ND: North Dakota Senate considers prohibition on foreign campaign contributions

The North Dakota proposal would add a provision to state law that is similar to the federal prohibition on foreign campaign contributions.

UT: Utah Legislature adopts toughest drunken driving law in nation

The Senate vote means Utah is likely to become the first state in the nation to limit drivers to a blood-alcohol content of 0.05.

IA: Iowa House approves voter ID bill

The bill would require every Iowa voter to present government-issued identification at the polls. If enacted, Iowa would become one of 34 states with laws requesting or requiring some form of identification on Election Day.

TX: Should ‘made in Texas’ mean 100 percent Texas grapes?

A bill in the state Legislature would require that Texas-labeled wines be made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes. Under federal law, wine can have an appellation of origin from a state if a minimum 75 percent of its grapes are grown in that state. 

KY: Kentucky poised to enact nation’s second ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law 

Kentucky lawmakers sent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin a bill that would make the targeting of police officers and other first responders a hate crime. Last year, Louisiana became the first state to expand its hate crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews.

OK: Oklahoma Legislature moves to prohibit left-lane driving

The Oklahoma House approved a bill that bans driving in the left lane unless it's done to overtake and pass another vehicle. Drivers would also be able to use the lane when traffic conditions or road configuration require them to use that lane to maintain safety.

WI: Wisconsin governor issues order making it easier to find state public records

Republican Gov. Scott Walker asked state agencies to post the most commonly requested documents online so they are readily available to the public, and to post how quickly they respond to records requests under Wisconsin’s open records law. The executive order also requires all state government public notices and meeting minutes to be uploaded to the state’s public notice website.

HI: Aid-in-dying bill passes Hawaii Senate

Hawaii’s aid-in-dying bill is modeled on Oregon’s law, which was approved 20 years ago. The measure now moves to the House, where its prospects are uncertain.

AR: Arkansas considers banning videos showing officers killed

A bill in the Arkansas Legislature would prevent the broad release of material showing officers dying in the line of duty. It was prompted by the online circulation of a dash-cam video from 2011 showing an Arkansas police officer pleading for his life before he was shot and killed.

IN: Indiana lawmakers hope to combat youth suicide

A bill under consideration in the Indiana House would require schools to provide at least two hours of suicide prevention training every two years to those who have direct contact with students in grades 7 through 12. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those ages 15 to 24 in Indiana.

LA: Eight Louisiana technical and community colleges to merge campuses

Like other Louisiana public colleges and universities, the two-year schools are feeling the brunt of ongoing budget cuts.

NC: North Carolina proposal would add protections for ex-governors

Under the bill, former North Carolina governors who have just left office would be entitled to a state bodyguard for a year. The proposal was prompted by a January incident in which a group of people chased former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and shouted at him for his support of legislation barring transgender people from bathrooms that don’t match their biological sex.

In Baltimore, an Urban Hospital Reaches Out to its Neighbors Many Women See Negative Consequences of Unplanned Births, Survey Finds