Top State Stories 11/6
TX: Texas voters approve state income tax ban, most other constitutional amendments
Voters in Texas gave widespread support to amendments to the state constitution that would make it harder to enact a state income tax, stabilize funding for state parks and allow retired law enforcement animals to be adopted by their handlers.
PA: Pennsylvania voters give wide support to Marsy’s Law, even though it won’t count yet
Voters in Pennsylvania gave wide support to the state constitutional amendment that would grant explicit rights to crime victims. But certification of the so-called Marsy’s Law amendment vote was temporarily blocked by the state Supreme Court shortly before Election Day.
CO: Voters in Colorado reject tax revenue issue, sports betting undecided
Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure that would have let the state keep excess tax revenue in years when it has a surplus, while a separate measure that would legalize sports betting was too close to call.
WA: Washington state voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action measure
Washington state voters appeared like they might, for the second time in two decades, vote against affirmative action. The latest ballot count shows they were narrowly rejecting a measure to reinstate affirmative action in public employment, education and contracting, although many more votes remained to be counted.
NY: New York City adopts ranked-choice voting for some races
New York City voters passed a ballot measure that will make the city the most populous place in the country to adopt a ranked-choice voting system. The new system, which passed with overwhelming support, will let people rank up to five candidates in order of preference, rather than picking just one to support.
ME: Maine voters approve bonds, constitutional amendment
Maine voters have approved a $105 million transportation bond package and a constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring disabled residents who are unable to sign their names can support citizens’ initiatives and people’s veto petitions.
NJ: Voters say ‘Yes’ to Airbnb regulations in New Jersey’s most expensive local referendum
In the most expensive municipal referendum in state history, Jersey City voters overwhelmingly preserved an ordinance that regulates short-term rentals, ending a bitter fight over the future of services like Airbnb in New Jersey’s second-largest city. Airbnb spent more than $3 million on the election.
WI: Wisconsin governor blasts GOP firing of agriculture secretary as ‘political BS’
Republicans in the Wisconsin state Senate fired Gov. Tony Evers’ agriculture secretary, handing the Democratic governor another defeat. Senate Republicans said their vote was a way to help struggling farmers amid one of the worst downturns for the dairy industry.
RI: Judge allows Rhode Island governor’s ban on flavored vapes to stand
A Superior Court Judge has refused to block Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s emergency public health order prohibiting the sale of non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.
SD: South Dakota groups file petitions to legalize marijuana
South Dakota groups submitted separate signed petitions that would allow residents to vote next year on whether to legalize medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.
DC: District of Columbia lawmaker used office to benefit private clients, probe finds
District of Columbia Council member Jack Evans repeatedly used his office on behalf of private clients who paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars, failing to recognize the conflicts and never properly disclosing the payments, according to an investigation by a law firm hired by the council.
IA: New rule would bar Iowa regents from betting on their teams
Now that sports wagering has been legalized in Iowa, members and employees of the governing board for the state’s public universities could soon be barred from gambling on the college teams they help oversee.
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