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PA: Budget lapse breeds disparity in Pennsylvania schools
An almost three-month-old state budget impasse has forced some Pennsylvania schools to modify day-to-day operations while other districts, relying on local resources and budget reserves, don’t expect problems for some time.
FL: Polemic Florida screening tool dropped
A Florida judge has ruled invalid a polemic screening questionnaire used to remove thousands of children from the state’s Children’s Medical Services Network. Children eligible for CMS usually require specialized health care to treat serious diseases.
DE: Amid budget grief, big raises for Delaware political aides
Delaware legislators quietly gave their top political aides thousands of dollars in raises, even as they reduced or eliminated pay hikes for rank-and-file state workers, according to a review of payroll data by The News Journal.
OH: Ohio lawmakers introduce ‘equal pay’ bill
Two House members introduced legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between Ohio men and women by requiring state employers to review employee salaries and encouraging all employers to adopt policies supporting equal pay for people in comparable jobs. In Ohio, women make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.
GA: Rebel flag emblem to stay on redesigned version of specialty Georgia license plate
Georgia officials will soon roll out a redesigned license plate that still features the Confederate battle flag emblem, months after halting the sales of the state-sponsored specialty tag in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.
LA: Louisiana colleges and universities may face midyear budget cuts
Louisiana’s public colleges and universities have been instructed to “be prudent” with their current budgets in the likely event that higher education has to absorb more of the state’s midyear budget shortfall. The budget gap for the current fiscal year might total hundreds of millions of dollars.
DC: DC hotel workers propose strict Airbnb regulations
One bill, backed by a large hotel workers union, would ban the rental of whole units in the District of Columbia without the owner or occupant being present and prevent hosts from renting out more than one unit at a time.
NC: North Carolina voter ID lawsuit can proceed in state court, judge rules
A Wake County judge has refused a request from state lawmakers to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s amended voter ID requirement.
WI: Wisconsin court says sex offenders have First Amendment right to photograph children
Wisconsin’s Court of Appeals has ruled that a law barring registered sex offenders from photographing children in public violates their right to free speech.
ND: Tax revenue falling short, North Dakota gets a ‘wake-up call’
North Dakota’s tax revenue fell more than million short of projections in July and August as the oil industry continued to idle drilling rigs, prompting lawmakers to warn of the budget effects and suggest an updated revenue forecast may be needed.
MD: After long delay, Maryland to launch medical marijuana program
Nearly 2 1/2 years after legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, Maryland is preparing to issue business licenses to dispensaries and cultivation centers.
TN: Tennessee lawyers allowed to store secrets in ‘cloud’
Tennessee lawyers can store confidential documents in the “cloud,” according to an ethics board opinion that says attorneys can use third-party, remote digital storage systems as long as they take “reasonable care” to make sure that information stays confidential and is protected from being hacked.
TX: Texas will expand access to women’s health care
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission plans to combine two women’s health programs into one new program called Healthy Texas Women, and for the first time will expand access to teenagers aged 15 and up. The program will be limited to people whose household income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level—about ,000 per month for a family of four.
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