By: - July 29, 2014 12:00 am

OH: Bill could cripple Ohio’s fair-housing law

Activists have vowed to fight new Senate legislation they say could cripple efforts to find and punish landlords for housing discrimination.

CA: Governor hopes to sell Mexico on following California’s green path forward

With California’s help, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing Mexico to demonstrate a greener path in merging economic growth with environmental preservation.

VA: Court rules Virginia marriage is for all

A federal appeals court struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional — a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.

KS: Death sentence reprieve fuels drive to change how Kansas high court is selected

The state Supreme Court’s decision to overturn two brothers’ death sentences for a robbery, rape and killing spree is likely to fuel another push by conservative Republicans to give the governor and legislators more say in how the justices are chosen. 

NJ: New Jersey Senate leader says pension plan has ‘zero’ chance of passage

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said legislative Democrats will not make a deal with Republican Gov. Chris Christie to further cut back pensions for public workers, which they did three years ago.

NY: Cuomo defends his handling of ethics panel

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo defended his office’s dealings with a panel he appointed to root out public corruption, saying his aides offered only advice to the commission.

MS: Mississippi a national leader in negotiating school lunch prices

Mississippi officials say a purchasing cooperative has helped the state negotiate lower prices for nutritious foods, unlike many other states that are trying to meet federal standards. 

FL: Florida Medical Association votes to support Medicaid expansion

Members of the Florida Medical Association have approved a resolution endorsing Medicaid expansion, a politically contentious issue that the group’s leaders have generally avoided over the last two legislative sessions.

AL: Groups worry about 9-1-1 charge hitting state’s poor

A coalition of conservative and consumer groups is protesting an increase in Alabama’s monthly 9-1-1 charge that officials say is necessary to keep the state’s emergency districts running.

TX: Texas agencies to crack down on illegal water use

Law enforcement officers for the Lower Colorado River Authority and other agencies will increase patrols to prevent people from illegally drawing water from central Texas lakes and the lower Colorado River.

TN: Tennessee’s gay couples find divorce as complicated as marriage

Gay couples seeking divorce, particularly those living in Tennessee but married legally in other states, run into a hodgepodge of marriage recognition laws and residency requirements.

MA: Volleyball likely to be an official Massachusetts state sport

The state legislature has given speedy passage to making volleyball, invented in Massachusetts, the state’s official recreational team sport.

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