What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/4

Top State Stories 5/4

MO: Missouri lawmakers agree to call special session to consider governor’s impeachment

The Missouri General Assembly has taken the historic step of calling itself back into special session to decide whether to impeach Republican Gov. Eric Greitens. According to the petition signed by 138 House members and 29 senators, lawmakers will consider the findings and recommendations of a House committee investigating Greitens, "including, but not limited to disciplinary actions."

NY: Mayor moves to bring safe injection sites to New York City

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is championing a plan that would make New York City a pioneer in creating supervised injection sites for illegal drug users, part of a novel but contentious strategy to combat the epidemic of fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioids.

PA: In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia schools hold toxic dangers for students

Every school day in Philadelphia, children are exposed to a stew of environmental hazards, both visible and invisible, that can rob them of a healthy place to learn and thrive. Too often, the Pennsylvania district knows of the perils but downplays them to parents, according to an investigation by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

CT: Connecticut will be first state to participate in policing database, governor says

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, said he intends to make Connecticut the first state to participate in a national database aimed at identifying racial bias in policing. The John Jay College Center for Policing Equity runs the National Justice Database, a project aimed at rapidly producing useful reports tailored to each department that participates.

LA: Louisiana House votes to allow more guns at schools, universities

The Louisiana House voted to allow visitors to carry guns at K-12 schools and on university campuses if they have concealed weapons permits, regardless of whether the institutions are public or private. The bill now moves to the Senate.

KS: Kansas lawmakers keep alive a bill letting agencies refuse adoptions to gay couples

A bill to ensure adoption agencies can refuse placements to gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs remains alive as Kansas lawmakers wrap up their work. The legislation cleared a key procedural hurdle and moves one step closer to voting. 

NV: Nevada regulators consider easing penalties under opioid law

Tough proposed disciplinary regulations aimed at curtailing overprescribing of opioid painkillers would be eased considerably under a recommendation by a subcommittee of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners. The consequences for violations of the law would be left to the board’s discretion, based on a prescriber’s "good faith attempts at compliance."

OK: Oklahoma governor to decide whether residents can carry guns without license

Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, will now have a chance to decide whether Oklahomans can carry guns without a license. In a late-night session, the Oklahoma Senate gave final approval to a bill that would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a firearm without a permit or training, a policy known as "constitutional carry," if they are at least 21 years old.

CA: New California legislation would allow state taxpayers to dodge part of federal tax plan

To allow Californians to sidestep the new $10,000 federal cap on state and local tax deductions, taxpayers could donate to nonprofits, universities, community colleges or K-12 public school districts, and those entities would transfer 90 percent of that donation to the state. In turn, the state would lower a taxpayer’s state income tax liability by issuing a credit equal to 80 percent of the original donation.

IA: Planned Parenthood blocked from sex ed grants under Iowa budget

Republican lawmakers are taking aim once again at Nebraska's Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, advancing a budget bill that would prevent the agency from accessing funding designed to provide sexual health education.

DE: Delaware Senate set to vote on underage marriage ban

Delaware could take a major step toward becoming the first state to fully outlaw marriage for anyone younger than 18. The state Senate is slated to vote on a controversial bill that would make it illegal for minors to wed, regardless their parents’ approval. The legislation is largely aimed at preventing parents from forcing their underage children into marriage.

NH: New Hampshire House passes Medicaid expansion by large margin

The expansion of Medicaid, which would provide health insurance to an additional 50,000 low-income New Hampshire residents, cleared the New Hampshire House by a 303-29 vote. The amendment reauthorizes the health insurance program for low-income households for five years, with a review after two and a half years.

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