What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/2

Top State Stories 5/2

AZ: Arizona teachers to end strike if plan passes 

Organizers of a historic teacher strike in Arizona say educators will go back to work if lawmakers pass a school funding plan. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP legislative leaders agreed on a state budget proposal that could be passed into law this week, but it falls short of meeting teachers’ demands for classroom resources. 

US: Six states sue Trump to force an end to DACA 

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration over its failure to terminate an Obama-era program that provides work permits to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Joining Texas in the DACA lawsuit are the Republican attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia.

CT: Connecticut moves closer to banning bump stocks 

The state House of Representatives approved a bill that would ban bump stocks, moving Connecticut one step closer to joining a number of other states that have prohibited the devices used in the deadly Las Vegas shooting last October. 

UT: Federal government gives Utah three years to reduce ozone pollution 

The Environmental Protection Agency has formally declared portions of seven Utah counties to be in violation of national standards for ozone, an airborne pollutant that is particularly harmful to children. The state has three years to reverse the trend of rising ozone levels. 

IA: Republicans hope a challenge to Iowa's fetal heartbeat bill will overturn Roe v. Wade 

Iowa Republicans took a step toward passing the strictest abortion ban in the nation — one that everyone agrees would end up in court if it becomes law. The legislation would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks into a pregnancy — often before many women even know they’re pregnant. 

OK: Fired Oklahoma police pension chief charged with seven felonies 

The fired executive director of the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System was charged with seven felony counts stemming from allegations he disguised personal vacations as business trips. The vacations included multiple trips to Dallas for the annual Oklahoma-Texas football game, according to the state attorney general's office. 

NE: Nebraska attorney general sues to stop legislative committee from questioning prisons director 

Nebraska's prisons director doesn't want to talk publicly about his department's lethal injection protocol — how he developed it or where he got the drugs to carry out the death penalty intended, so far, for two condemned prisoners. 

DE: Amended bump-stock ban slated for new vote in Delaware House 

A proposed ban on devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire more rapidly is slated for a new vote in the Delaware House nearly two months after the chamber overwhelming approved an earlier version of the bill. Since then, the legislation has been trapped in the middle of a showdown between lawmakers in the House and Senate over the appropriate penalty for violating the ban. 

KS: Kansas Legislature passes bill to open files on child tragedies and police shootings   

With just a few days left in the session, the Kansas Legislature passed a major transparency bill that will provide the public with more information after child tragedies and police shootings. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers and was sent to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer for his signature. 

ND: Judge slaps down North Dakota's effort to fight voter ID ruling 

A federal judge forcefully slapped down North Dakota’s efforts to fight his ruling that loosened the state’s voter identification law, denying the state’s request to delay part of that ruling amid an appeal. The request focused on an order preventing the state from requiring that IDs include a “current residential street address,” which Native American communities often lack. 

AL: Alabama to add more than 100 pre-K classrooms in fall 

The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education will add 107 pre-K classrooms in 33 counties this fall, the office of Republican Gov. Kay Ivey announced. Ivey’s office said the new classrooms will expand the state’s voluntary kindergarten program to reach nearly 19,000 children in more than 1,000 classes in 67 counties. 

LA: Civil rights groups seeking number of Louisiana inmates held for years without trial 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, the inmate rights’ group Voice of the Experienced and the re-entry group Operation Restoration asked sheriffs in all 64 Louisiana parishes for information on how long their detainees have been held in custody awaiting trial. The groups say far too many people are being held in Louisiana jails for lengthy stints before trial.

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