CA: California governor approves automatic voter registration
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure that would allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the DMV to obtain or renew a driver’s license starting next year.
NY: New York City and state agree on transit funding
State and city officials have struck a deal to pay for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ambitious five-year $29 billion plan to repair and expand the nation’s largest transit system. New York City agreed to sharply increase its contribution to the authority, a move that state officials had demanded.
TX: More foreign migrants make their way to Texas
Thousands of migrants born in other countries continue to stream into Texas, though lately more of them have lived somewhere else in the country first, according to a new analysis by the state demographer. The share of people from Latin America arriving in Texas is shrinking while Asian arrivals have increased dramatically.
KY: Kentucky’s big health insurance cooperative going out of business
The Louisville-based Kentucky Health Cooperative, the largest private provider of health insurance policies on the state’s health insurance exchange with 51,000 customers, will end current memberships this year and will not offer any new plans.
MI: Major reforms proposed for treatment of juvenile offenders in Michigan
The package of bills include one that would change the age at which a juvenile can be charged as an adult from 17 to 18 and another that would prevent juveniles from being housed with adult offenders under one of the bills in the package.
IL: Freed from prison, but waiting compensation as Illinois budget fight drags on
Several former Illinois inmates wrongly convicted of crimes have had to put their life plans on hold as the compensation they should be receiving from the state, often thousands of dollars, is being held up because of the budget impasse.
MN: Minnesota’s drug registry aims to put a lid on prescription drug abuse
Hoping to stem the abuse of prescription painkillers, Minnesota regulators have sent letters to more than 2,400 health care providers identifying 194 patients who may be “doctor shopping” to obtain drugs illegally.
IA: Iowa’s treatment of police body-camera footage under review
As Iowa law enforcement and public safety agencies begin using body cameras to record interactions with the public, questions arise about how the state’s open records laws will apply to footage from the cameras.
MO: Missouri human trafficking task force starts work
The new state task force will hear from victims of human trafficking as it searches for ways to strengthen Missouri’s anti-human-trafficking laws and raise awareness of the crime.
WI: Bicycling advocates renew push for Wisconsin ‘vulnerable user’ law
A statewide bicycle advocacy group wants Wisconsin legislators to adopt a law that would let prosecutors charge negligent drivers who kill bicyclists or runners with a misdemeanor.
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