Top State Stories 8/22
CA, GA: California bans state-funded travel to Georgia over transgender school sports law
California is banning state-funded travel to Georgia after the state passed a law allowing athletic associations to prohibit transgender girls from competing in girls’ interscholastic sports.
WI: University of Wisconsin System considering automatic admissions for in-state high school graduates
The University of Wisconsin System is considering automatically admitting high school graduates to its campuses in hopes of stemming enrollment declines and boosting college access.
LA: Louisiana is failing its most vulnerable children, with deadly consequences
The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services is in crisis. An investigation by the The Advocate/Times Picayune has found that the agency is hemorrhaging staff even as reports of child abuse and neglect soar.
IN: Indiana governor is latest official to visit Taiwan
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb of Indiana announced that he arrived in Taiwan, becoming the latest U.S. official to visit the self-governing island amid its escalating tensions with China. Holcomb said the trip is about economic ties, including a Taiwanese semiconductor design center planned for Indiana.
NV: Needle exchange project modeled on urban efforts aims to save lives in rural Nevada
In recent years, harm reduction tactics have begun to spread across the country, including to rural areas in Nevada. Needle exchanges are part of those efforts, which focus on minimizing the negative effects of drug use, rather than shaming people.
MO: Missouri regulators field complaints, inquiries about spread of slot machines
Missouri gaming regulators have recorded nearly 100 reports of illegal slot machines this year as the unregulated industry continues to flood the state with gambling devices.
NM: New Mexico fails to buy key component for emergency warning sirens
Documents show New Mexico neglected to purchase the software that makes the sirens operational, rendering them useless; officials put the blame on the vendor.
MN: Without state funds, Minnesota THC market hard to monitor
Minnesota retailers have little incentive to quit selling non-compliant products given the lack of a licensing structure and dedicated funding to enforce the state’s legal THC market. The state had only about a month between the hemp bill’s passage and its implementation.
NE: Photo ID requirement for voting headed to Nebraska ballot in November
It’s an important decision for Nebraska voters to consider in a state that has not had any evidence of real or organized voter fraud, just isolated incidents of voter error.
FL: Grand jury wants 4 current Broward School Board members in Florida removed
A grand jury report, commissioned as a result of the school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, said the Broward County school board members “have engaged in acts of incompetence and neglect of duty.”
AK: Results from Alaska’s first ranked choice vote are still days away
Voting in Alaska’s ranked choice election has already concluded, but results won’t be known until more than two weeks after the election was held. Only one other state, Maine, has conducted ranked choice voting in congressional elections before.
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