Top State Stories 4/24
NY: New York governor wants ‘to do nothing to cooperate with ICE’
New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t want to make it easy for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to do its job. “I want to do nothing to cooperate with ICE,” Cuomo said. “I think they’ve trampled on constitutional rights.”
MS: Gerrymandering lawsuit headed back to court as Mississippi governor challenges order to redraw map
After the Mississippi legislature adopted a plan to increase the black voting age population in Senate District 22, Gov. Phil Bryant and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, both Republicans, ask a full appeals court to hear the case. Arguments are set for June.
WA: Permanent daylight saving time heads to Washington state governor’s desk
A bill to put Washington state permanently on daylight saving time passed the state House of Representatives and now heads to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for a signature. The governor intends to sign the bill.
MA: Massachusetts high court protects cellphone location data — with some exceptions
Massachusetts’ highest court extended the right to privacy to cover cellphone location data for the first time. But the court also left intact the right of law enforcement to “ping” a cellphone in emergencies to learn a person’s location without their knowledge.
WI: Wisconsin governor will veto ‘born alive’ abortion bill
Wisconsin doctors who do not provide medical care to babies who are born alive after a failed abortion attempt could face life in prison under a Republican bill headed straight toward Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ veto pen.
OK: Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidates civil justice damages cap
The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a state law that caps monetary damages for pain and suffering in personal injury lawsuits, the latest civil justice measure backed by the Republican-controlled legislature to be invalidated by the state’s highest court.
SC: South Carolina may require more visible ride-hailing license numbers
South Carolina senators have revised a proposed law to require ride-hailing cars to display license numbers in front of the cars. The move comes after a University of South Carolina student was murdered by a man she mistook for her Uber driver.
CO: Colorado lawmakers approve bill to develop public health insurance option
Colorado’s House has sent the governor a bill to develop a state-run health insurance option. The bill directs state agencies to recommend a plan to compete with private insurance plans and those offered on Colorado’s health care exchange.
US: Handful of US states poised to legalize sports betting
The number of states allowing sports betting is poised to expand. Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version.
TN: Tennessee bill giving parents public money for private school passes House
The Tennessee House narrowly approved Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher legislation, providing the administration its most significant victory since taking office in January.
NJ: New Jersey governor keeping state control of Atlantic City
New Jersey’s takeover of Atlantic City will remain in place under Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who had campaigned against it. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said the administration wouldn’t cut short the length of time of the takeover.
AK: How some teachers in Alaska are tackling the subject of climate change
Parts of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the global average. But teaching about climate change can be tricky in a state with a strong oil and gas industry.
HI: Hawaii lawmakers consider proposal to ID police fired or suspended for misconduct
Hawaii lawmakers are again considering a bill to require that police departments disclose the names of officers suspended or fired for misconduct, a subject that has prompted years of debate and litigation.
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