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Media outlets report on news from Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, Maryland, Maine, California, Connecticut, Missouri and Wisconsin.
The four-year agreement, which covers 85,000 employees in seven states and the District of Columbia, must still be voted on by workers. It would raise wages, offer new education programs and curb outsourcing of some jobs.
The Trump administration has been critical of California’s environmental regulations recently. Last week the administration said it will revoke a waiver that allows California to set stricter car emission standards.
As the growing number of lung injury cases tied to vaping continues to climb, state public health officials take steps to fight the trend. “Californians are encouraged to stop vaping until health officials fully understand what’s causing this public health crisis,” said Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom. After declaring a public health emergency, Massachusetts announces a vaping product ban that goes further than any other state with a four-month prohibition on all sales. Meanwhile, a case in Kansas brings the U.S. death toll to nine people.
Media outlets report on news from Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
California’s Department of Justice alleges that Sutter Health bought up competing medical providers in Northern California and used that market dominance to increase prices for insurance plans. Sutter recently released a statement defending its business practices. The trial is expected to run for months. And other hospital and industry news is reported from Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.
The Los Angeles Times reports on the months of negotiating and lobbying that took place outside of the public view and shifted Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s position over the course of the vaccine law debate. Other vaccine news is reported out of New York, Maryland and Oregon.
During a visit to California President Donald Trump told reporters that San Francisco was in “total violation” of environmental rules because of used needles that were ending up in the ocean. In recent days, the Trump administration has focused its attention on the homeless crisis in California, baffling the state’s leaders.
President Donald Trump — who is using a visit to California to drive home his point about the homeless crisis in the state — echoes some of the same points that California leaders have been making for years. The solution to the problem, though, is likely to be far from bipartisan. Meanwhile, local officials are still “baffled” about a potential Trump administration shelter plan.
Connecticut is one of 31 states that reported measles cases this year, part of the worst outbreak of the disease in the U.S. since 1992. Meanwhile, in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom defends his eleventh-hour changes to a controversial vaccination law.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state will pump $20 million into a public awareness campaign as well as crack down on sales of illicit products. While he says he lacks the authority to ban the products outright, Newsom said he would like to sign a bill if the legislature sends him one. Lawmakers were quick to agree. Meanwhile, a man in Tulare County, Calif. becomes the seventh confirmed fatality in the national vaping-related illness outbreak.
California leaders and President Donald Trump can seem at war with each other sometimes, but many of the state’s new laws are linked with the presidency. “Donald Trump has been the impetus for putting everything on warp speed,” said Garry South, a Democratic political strategist in California. “It has pushed Democrats in California to take actions that might otherwise have been viewed as a little less urgent if we had a Democrat in the White House.” In other news on the administration: the Border Patrol’s morale issue, the “public charge” rule, and health data at HHS.
President Donald Trump has publicly bickered with California leaders such as Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom over the state’s homeless crisis. Following reports that the Trump administration is considering demolishing homeless encampments and moving unhoused people into government facilities, mayors were left trying to determine if they were dealing with a speculative threat or the real possibility of drastic federal action.
But despite some 11th-hour hesitations over the past week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the legislation cracking down on medical exemptions into law. Protesters forced delays in both the Assembly and Senate. They unfurled an upside-down American flag from the Senate’s public gallery in a traditional signal of distress and chanted “My kids, my choice” and “We will not comply.”
These online forums, like 8chan, that extol shooters, mass violence, and other toxic ideals are becoming a battleground for law enforcement to find the next possible threats to public safety. But the anonymity in which they thrive can make the process difficult. Meanwhile, in other gun violence news: San Francisco designates the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization”; President Donald Trump hints at a coming proposal; active shooting drills becoming a frightening norm for school kids; politicians in red states walk a careful regulation line; and more.
The legislation, which would give the state better oversight of vaccination exemptions, has already undergone changes after it faced swift and vocal push-back earlier this summer. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s changes will probably be added to a second bill that could essentially override provisions in SB 276, should both reach his desk.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Thursday released a wide-ranging plan, which ranges from health care to employment to disaster protections and makes her the only presidential candidate to have a proposal solely addressing the needs of Americans with disabilities. Meanwhile, advocates say 2020 candidates who tout “Medicare for All” could learn some lessons from Los Angeles County’s attempts to revolutionize health care.
The Trump administration has argued that smugglers are using the Flores agreement and other court rulings to their advantage, and the new rules will help stop the flow of immigrants entering the country illegally. The states say that the new rules could lead to the prolonged detention of minors, and in turn cause increased trauma for tens of thousands of children and their families.
Both the Trump and Obama administrations have railed against the tight restrictions put in place by the Flores agreement, which dictates the way immigrant children are treated when they are held in custody. As early as Wednesday, DHS could release new regulations that replace those protections. The New York Times takes a look at this history, the impact and the frustrations that have come from the agreement. In other news on immigration: more states sue over “public charge” rule, officials say detainees won’t be vaccinated for the upcoming flu season, and the government eyes a California location for a new shelter.
A day after they were announced, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed legal challenges to block the Trump administration’s new rules aimed at denying green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. In their filings, the two northern California counties argue that the policy would “worsen” the health of their residents and increase public health risks. More lawsuits from other localities are expected.