What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/20

Top State Stories 6/20

NC: Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina sex offender social media ban 

The U.S. Supreme Court moved to buttress free speech rights in the digital age, striking down a North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social media services.

US: Few opioid-addicted youth get standard treatment medication

A new study finds only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance.

WI: Supreme Court to hear potentially landmark Wisconsin case on partisan gerrymandering

Accepting a case from Wisconsin, the Supreme Court said it will consider whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party violate the Constitution, a potentially fundamental change in the way American elections are conducted.

KY: Kentucky food banks may get boost from new law

Nonprofits hope a new Kentucky law will encourage supermarkets to donate food they typically throw away by shielding them from being sued if someone gets sick after eating their donations.

LA: Louisiana will partially 'ban the box' for college admission

Under a new state law, Louisiana's public colleges and universities will have limited authority to ask applying students about their criminal histories to determine admission.

CA: California lawmakers want tougher gun restrictions for ‘fugitives from justice’

Four months after the Trump administration loosened a gun control law to apply only to people who have fled the state where their warrant was issued, California Democrats created a replacement policy through the state budget. 

NJ: New Jersey legislators begin marijuana legalization effort

Democratic lawmakers set in motion a campaign to make New Jersey among the first states in the Northeast to legalize marijuana. Voters in eight other states and Washington, D.C., have approved marijuana legalization, but New Jersey could be the first to do so through legislation.

CT, FL: Florida governor urges Connecticut businesses to ‘give up’ on high tax state and move

Florida Gov. Rick Scott told Connecticut business owners to "give up" on a state that has raised the income tax twice in the last six years and continues to face billions in deficits. Scott's staff handed out a glossy comparison chart titled "Florida vs. Connecticut" that noted that Florida has no income tax and is gaining population while Connecticut is shrinking.

HI: Hawaii lawmakers promise special session on rail funding 

More than two months after Hawaii lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session with no deal on how to fund Oahu's beleaguered rail project, state lawmakers are trying to reassure the federal government that they'll hold a special session on the issue by August.

TX: Texas craft breweries worry new law will limit their ability to grow

A new Texas law will force breweries that produce more than 225,000 barrels of beer a year to pay a distributor to deliver that beer — even if they're delivering it to on-site taprooms just yards away from where it's produced. 

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