Top State Stories 7/13
CA: California blocks gun sales to those at risk of breaking law
Gun makers and dealers in California will be required to block firearms sales to anyone they have “reasonable cause to believe is at substantial risk” of using a gun illegally or of harming themselves or others, under a new law signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
TX: New video shows details of Uvalde, Texas, police response
A new 77-minute video shows in excruciating detail how dozens of local, state and federal officers—heavily armed, clad in body armor, with helmets, some with protective shields—did not enter or attempt to enter the Uvalde, Texas, classrooms where a mass shooting unfolded.
LA: State judge blocks Louisiana abortion ban
Louisiana authorities have once again been blocked from enforcing a near-total ban on abortion, this time under a state court order.
CT: Connecticut approves social equity marijuana growers
Connecticut’s Social Equity Council approved 16 social equity cultivator licenses to grow marijuana and create jobs in so-called disproportionately impacted areas of the state, identified by past cannabis convictions and unemployment rates.
FL: Florida governor dodges questions on abortion plans
Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis has been hesitant to detail his plans for abortion policy, reflecting the new and, in some states, difficult political terrain for Republicans in the post-Roe v. Wade era.
GA: Judge upholds limits on mass mailings of Georgia absentee ballot forms
A federal judge denied an attempt by advocacy organizations to throw out a part of Georgia’s voting law that prohibits mailing multiple absentee ballot applications to voters.
NY: New York abortion clinics see surge in patients from other states
New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, citing a surge in patients coming to New York from other states, announced an additional million in funding for abortion clinics to expand staffing.
PA: Pennsylvania expands child tax credit
Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has approved a new, permanent child care tax credit that will allow families to claim thousands of dollars in benefits. The new tax credit was created as part of the state’s new .2 billion budget.
TN: Tennessee increases reimbursement rates for child care providers
Tennessee’s commitment to increase the reimbursement rate by 20% comes roughly two months after child care providers in 27 states and Washington, D.C., went on strike to push for better wages and expanded subsidies.
DC: DC Council to let drivers with unpaid tickets stay on the road
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., moved forward with a plan to end the practice of preventing residents from renewing their driver’s licenses if they have unpaid traffic fines.
OR: Oregon cuts penalty for bakers who refused wedding cake for lesbian couple
The state of Oregon has slashed the financial penalties it assigned a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple almost 10 years ago. In compliance with a state appeals court ruling, the 2015 fine of ,00 was cut to ,000.
HI: Indoor masks will be optional at Hawaii public schools
Preparing for the start of the new school year, Hawaii officials announced that indoor masks will no longer be mandatory at public schools due to a decline in coronavirus cases and an increase in vaccine availability.
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