What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/2 – The Pew Charitable Trusts

TX: Governor limits Texas counties to one absentee ballot drop-off location, bolstering GOP efforts to restrict voting

texastribune.org

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation directing Texas counties to designate just one location for ballot drop-offs and allowing political parties to install poll watchers to observe the process.

CA: California adds COVID-19 equity requirement. It could trip up counties’ reopenings

latimes.com

California’s larger counties will not be permitted to reopen their economies further unless they reduce coronavirus infections in the hardest hit places where the poor, Black people, Latinos and Pacific Islanders live.

CO: Colorado governor to mass-pardon thousands of marijuana convictions

denverpost.com

Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis plans to mass-pardon 2,732 convictions of low-level marijuana possession through an executive order, after signing a bill earlier this year that gave him that authority. Polis’ pardon will only apply to convictions in state courts through 2012 of up to 1 ounce for recreational use.

NM: New Mexico hospitalizations up 30%

abqjournal.com

The number of coronavirus patients in New Mexico hospitals has climbed 30% over the last week, a sign of the increased spread of the disease. Hospitalizations are trending up in every part of the state.

AZ: All Arizona counties meet benchmarks for reopening gyms, movie theaters, other businesses

azcentral.com

The Arizona Department of Health Services said the milestone reflected the “continuing decline of COVID-19’s community spread across Arizona.” To reopen, businesses have to submit an online attestation stating they are following public health protocols and guidelines including occupancy limits, a mask requirement and steps to prevent groups from congregating.

ID: Idaho governor again keeps state in Stage 4

idahostatesman.com

With the average daily coronavirus caseload going up and hospital numbers painting an unpleasant picture, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, announced that the state will remain in Stage 4 of the state’s pandemic reopening plan — the eighth

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