UT: Utah appeals court upholds ‘stop and frisk’
The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld the police practice of “stop and frisk.” The court ultimately sided with police in a challenge to the practice, which has largely come under scrutiny in other states for targeting minorities.
OK: Oklahoma health officials hire consultants for alternatives to Medicaid expansion
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority finalized a contract to pay no more than .5 million to Health Management Associates Inc. to help Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt finalize and implement a health care plan he has hinted centers on some form of a Medicaid block grant.
MI: Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan
Four Michigan Medicaid enrollees filed the lawsuit challenging requirements set to take effect next year, arguing the Trump administration lacked authority to approve new rules.
ID: Idaho college freezes out Medicaid enrollees
Just two months before the next semester starts in January, right when the expansion gets off the ground, Brigham Young University-Idaho decided it wouldn’t consider Medicaid to be a valid form of insurance.
OR: Oregon Supreme Court bans police officers from asking random questions during traffic stops
The Oregon Supreme Court ruled police cannot use a broken taillight or a failure to signal as justification for scouting a driver’s car for illegal guns or drugs.
WI: Wisconsin governor signs bill to remove voting requirement that has turned away people with disabilities
Wisconsin voters with disabilities will no longer be required to state their name and address — a requirement advocates for people with disabilities said was humiliating and even preventing some from casting ballots.
NJ: Legal weed is now up to the voters, and that has New Jersey mayors worried
As New Jersey mayors grapple with the ways cannabis businesses would affect their towns, they’re worried about exactly what will happen now that legislative leaders have decided to leave legal weed up to the voters in a ballot question next year.
MO: Home buyouts split apart a flood-prone Missouri town
Dozens of flood-prone houses are being torn down in Mosby, a small Missouri riverside town, under a federally funded buyout program intended to reduce the risks and costs from future flooding. When the voluntary buyouts are complete, nearly half of Mosby will be gone.
ME: Maine plans to expand syringe exchange program
Maine plans to launch a .5 million expansion of syringe exchanges to combat the surge in hepatitis C cases. The Maine Center for Disease Control says the state has had 51 acute cases in 2019 and is running a rate nearly three times the national average.
WA: Washington poised to adopt new rules for investigating police shootings
The Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission, after a year’s worth of contentious public hearings, is poised to debate and adopt rules to bring about sweeping changes to how police investigate when officers use deadly force.
FL: Sheriff suspended after school shooting sues Florida
Scott Israel, the former sheriff of Broward County, has sued Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in federal court. Israel was suspended by DeSantis, who cited Israel’s handling of the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
NM: New Mexico lottery seeks higher prize payout to be competitive
At 61.1%, New Mexico’s lottery has the lowest average payout among U.S. states. To increase payouts and draw more players, the state Lottery Authority is advocating for a reduction in the portion of sales allocated to a state scholarship fund.
MN: What the Volkswagen settlement says about the difficulty of cutting transportation emissions in Minnesota
The settlement offers a rare chance to shrink Minnesota’s carbon footprint without spending taxpayer dollars. But the plans also underscore the challenge of reducing the millions of tons of carbon emissions that emanate from vehicles.
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