OR: Oregon governor ready to take lead on divisive climate plan
Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said that she’s ready to use her executive power to lower carbon emissions following a political crisis in which Republican state senators fled the state for more than a week to thwart climate legislation.
CA: California now requires background check for ammo sales
The new California law — championed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, a longtime advocate of gun control — is meant to protect the public by keeping ammunition from getting into dangerous hands, the state says.
CO: Death rates among pregnant women in Colorado are rising
Half of all deaths in Colorado among pregnant women and those within the first year after giving birth are the result of self-harm — defined as suicide and overdose. Mental health-related deaths, including opioid overdoses, are on the rise in the state.
GA: Georgia courts agency hacked in ransomware attack
Hackers have infected computers at Georgia’s Administrative Office of the Courts, demanding a ransom payment and causing officials to shut down court websites.
MS: Mississippi plans its own space force, governor announces
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, announced two new state-backed space projects during an event at Hancock County’s Infinity Science Center.
FL: Stealing stuff worth less than still a crime in Florida, but soon won’t be a felony
Thefts of goods worth less than in Florida will soon no longer be classified as felonies after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis approved a bill that brings the first change to the legal threshold in 35 years.
NV: Nevada law restores voting rights to ex-convicts
A new law puts Nevada in the company of 15 states and Washington, D.C., that immediately restore voting rights to felons, while two states — Vermont and Maine — never take away a prisoner’s right to vote.
MN: More Minnesota nursing homes are closing, and rural towns feel the pain
Over the last two decades, nursing homes around Minnesota have been closing. And it has hit rural Minnesotans especially hard.
NC: Cheaper to buy out North Carolina beach homes, report says
Coastal towns in North Carolina may be better off buying out beachfront property owners than spending years trying to protect those homes from floods, erosion and shifting sands, a study finds.
ND: AMA sues North Dakota over abortion law
The law, set to take effect in August, compels doctors to tell their patients that medication-induced abortions can be reversed through a procedure the American Medical Association considers experimental and unethical treatment.
NY: In New York, lawmakers limp toward better addiction treatment
New York lawmakers passed several bills this month designed to increase access to on-the-spot treatment for people with opioid and other addictions. But advocates say they’re disappointed lawmakers didn’t include the state’s incarcerated population.
KS: Kansas law now lets drivers refuse a sobriety test
Kansas drivers can no longer be charged with a crime for refusing a sobriety test, under a July 1 change in state law. But refusal to comply comes with a yearlong license suspension.
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