By: - February 27, 2020 12:00 am

NY: New York governor allocates M to coronavirus fight

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York state would set aside some million to fight the coronavirus, as well as plan for possible quarantines at homes, hotels and hospitals.

MD: ICE has run facial-recognition searches on millions of Maryland drivers

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have been permitted to run facial-recognition searches on millions of Maryland driver’s license photos without first seeking state or court approval, state officials said — access that goes far beyond what other states allow and that alarms immigration activists.

US: Trump can withhold millions from ‘sanctuary’ states, court rules

The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities, a federal appeals court said.

MS: New lawsuit: Mississippi prison has ‘barbaric conditions’

More than 150 inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman said in a new lawsuit that prison conditions are so horrific and unsafe they violate prisoners’ constitutional rights. The suit alleges that staffing is “dangerously deficient,” living conditions are “not suitable for animals,” among other things.

MN: Minnesota’s prisons short-staffed; violence underreported, auditor’s report says

Minnesota’s prisons are short-staffed and rely heavily on overtime — conditions that can threaten inmate and staff safety, a new report says. The Office of the Legislative Auditor report also notes unprofessional workplace conduct, limited oversight and underreported violence.

WI: Wisconsin governor vetoes tax cut, says more needed for schools

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a tax cut, saying Republican lawmakers should have coupled it with additional money for schools. It marked the second time in a year that the first-term governor vetoed an income tax cut offered by Republicans.

SD: South Dakota Senators defeat proposed ban on commercial surrogacy

South Dakota senators on the Health and Human Services Committee struggled with their votes on a bill to ban commercial surrogacy before narrowly sending it to the 41st legislative day, effectively killing it, in a 4-3 vote. 

NC: Racial bias in North Carolina leads to more punishments for black students: report

Racial bias in North Carolina’s public schools is leading to black students being punished too much and falling behind academically, according to data released by a civil rights group.

KS: Kansas House votes to increase police training for indigenous communities

The Kansas House tentatively approved a bill that would require training for police agencies to help address the high rates of murdered and missing indigenous people.

AK: Alaska feels the brunt as investors promise retreat on fossil fuels

Alaska was hit hard by news that JPMorgan Chase is the latest in a growing list of investors to restrict work with coal companies and stop funding new oil and gas projects in the Arctic. Alaska depends on the oil industry for revenue.

ID: Idaho committee won’t advance bill banning transgender therapy for youth

Idaho state Rep. Greg Chaney, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee, announced that he would hold a bill banning therapy for transgender children in committee.

AL: Alabama committees approve bill to block transgender treatments for minors

A bill that would make it a crime for doctors to prescribe opposite sex hormones or drugs that delay puberty to minors who identify as transgender won approval in two Alabama legislative committees.

UT: Utah Senate narrowly approves M for affordable housing

A Utah bill would pump million into the state-managed Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund for low-interest loans to private developers seeking to build affordable houses and apartments. Another million would be spent on rental assistance to struggling families. Another million would go to preserving existing dwellings.

NJ: New Jersey could expand ‘free’ college to public universities

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants million to send low-income students to any four-year, public college in the state tuition-free for two years; the program already is in place for community colleges.

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