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Also in our State & Local news roundup: Baltimore mayor likes police body cameras but dislikes police body camera legislation.
Here’s our State & Local news roundup for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 ...
BALTIMORE, Maryland: Members of the City Council OK’d legislation on Monday night that would mandate that police officers wear body cameras. And although Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says that she wants police body cameras implemented, Mark Reutter of Baltimore Brew reports that the mayor wrote a letter to the council stating her intent to veto the legislation and urging the council to wait until a mayoral committee finishes its study of the issue.
CHEYENNE, Wyoming: State lawmakers this week will hold a hearing on proposed changes to the Wyoming Constitution that would specifically state that individuals have a right to privacy. As The Associated Press reports that “the proposed amendment would limit what materials the state could compile on its citizens that the federal government might later request from the state,” among other actions, including banning the practice of selling motor-vehicle license information to marketers.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: Don’t expect the state of Indiana to follow the lead of some other Republican-dominated states that have boosted the minimum wage anytime soon. Last week, voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota approved minimum-wage increases through ballot initiatives. But as Dan Carden reports for The Times of Northwest Indiana, even larger GOP legislative supermajorities in the state House and Senate has shrunk “the already insignificant chances for a minimum wage increase to practically nothing.”
HARTFORD, Connecticut: After major problems at the polls in Connecticut’s capital city last week, The Courant’s editorial board is calling on the city’s registrars of voters to resign over “egregious misconduct” that led to massive delays at voting precincts. The office, The Courant reports, has been the subject of seven citizen complaints filed with the State Elections Enforcement Division since 2010 that “resulted in orders or agreements to comply with state election laws and procedures.”
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Florida: State wildlife officials are aware of reports of an owl that has been attacking and terrorizing local residents, including children. As First Coast News reports, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to find a falconry group to help capture the bird but in the meantime, a spokeswoman suggests that locals “wear a hard hat or carry an umbrella and pop the umbrella up so the bird does not see you,” according to the local television station.
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