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Laura Maggi

Finance

Marijuana Retail Sales See Biggest Month to Date in Colorado

But experts caution pot tax revenue doesn’t necessarily solve state budget problems.

Health & Human Services

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Ruling on Lead Paint Remediation

A coalition of cities and counties sued manufacturers under the state’s “public nuisance” law. They have won a $400 million fund to help treat housing.

Public Safety

Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty

The justices found racial bias in the imposition of capital punishment by juries.

Tech & Data

State AGs Want FCC Action on ‘Neighbor Spoofing’

These types of robocall scams “cannot be tolerated,” 35 state attorneys general wrote the Federal Communications Commission.

Management

Considering Whether a Federal Age Discrimination Law Applies to Small Public Agencies

A Supreme Court case looks at whether the law prohibiting employers from discriminating on the basis of age applies to a small fire district in Arizona.

Public Safety

Waiting for What Florence’s Floodwaters Will Bring Next in the Carolinas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio’s background check difficulties … New York City’s open data updates … and Florida’s new fight against algae blooms.

Public Safety

Making Rescue Volunteers Part of the Official Response

A rescue website developed during Hurricane Harvey—and in use again during Hurricane Florence—wants to work more directly with local governments.

Management

Hovercraft Case in Alaska Tests Federal Rules on Rivers in National Parks

A 9th Circuit decision—now before the U.S. Supreme Court— is being viewed by some as a potential “springboard for the expansion of federal control over state-owned navigable waters throughout the country.”

Management

Court Rules First Amendment Could Protect Food Sharing

An appellate court last week found that the First Amendment covers a weekly shared meal at a Fort Lauderdale park where homeless people are known to congregate.

Health & Human Services

Thousands Could Lose Medicaid as 1st State Implements Work Requirements

Arkansas state officials say new requirements will help people get into the workforce. Advocates, however, contend they will just kick people out of the insurance program.

Management

Despite Drop in Black Unemployment, Significant Disparities Remain

Fourteen states had black unemployment rates above 6 percent at a time when the national unemployment rate was 4 percent in June, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report.

Management

Judge to Allow Census Citizenship Question Lawsuit to Continue

A coalition of states, cities and advocacy groups argue that adding the question will drive down response rates ahead of the 2020 decennial count.

Management

Michigan Local Government Officials More Optimistic About State

The Center for Local State and Urban Policy found more local leaders than last year saying they are optimistic Michigan is heading in the right direction.

Infrastructure

N.Y. Subway Chief’s Lack of a Mayoral Meeting Raises Eyebrows

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah sexual assault evidence tracking … Pennsylvania weatherization funding … and a Guam official’s teachable moment.

Health & Human Services

Maine Legislature Returns to Consider LePage Vetoes

Lawmakers are expected to come back into session on Monday to consider dozens of recent vetoes by Gov. Paul LePage on bills ranging from Medicaid expansion to banning "conversion therapy."

Management

July Brings New Minimum Wage Hikes for Some U.S. Cities and States

The highest minimum wage currently listed is in Emeryville, Calif., where businesses with more than 55 employees must pay at least $15.69 an hour.

Health & Human Services

U.S. Supreme Court Finds That California Crisis Pregnancy Law Violates Free Speech

The decision likely will have broader implications as other jurisdictions have disclosure requirements on the books for pregnancy centers, although those have also been subject to legal challenges.