A bipartisan legislative committee said Republican Gov. Dave Heineman’s failure to declare an overcrowding “emergency” prompted the Department of Correctional Services and administration to deal with crowded conditions “in the shadows,” and at times outside the law.
Most of the state's public library systems could be forced to roll back their tax rates and collectively refund millions of dollars to local taxpayers under a pair of lawsuits alleging that library districts have improperly raised rates without voter approval as required by law.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe asked lawmakers to reinstate a law allowing buyers to purchase only one handgun a month, which had been repealed during his Republican predecessor's administration.
A two-year budget shortfall facing Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has swelled to nearly $1.2 billion after a state panel revised its forecasts for tax collections to reflect still-sluggish growth in Maryland’s economy.
Unusual political allies have joined together to back a campaign in South Dakota to ban payday lending.
Members of tea party groups, business leaders and elected officials agree that the upcoming legislative session likely will feature heated debates and emotional fights over immigration-related legislation — possibly within the same party.
The Recovery School District failed to account for more than $7 million in property, mostly computers and laptops, in the current financial year, the legislative auditor said. The district oversees 59 Louisiana public schools the state has taken over for poor performance.
Independent Gov.-elect Bill Walker submitted to the legislature a proposed $106 million capital budget designed to help the state weather a $3.5 billion deficit and totaling a fraction of what the state has spent on capital projects in recent years.
Now that same-sex couples have won the right to marry in West Virginia, attorneys who argued their case want to be paid. But county officials say they don’t think the government should have to pay because they had no choice but to defend the state’s law.
Wisconsin taxpayers may have to pay more than $1 million in legal costs to the same-sex couples and attorneys who successfully sued the state over its constitutional ban against gay marriage.
Recent shootings around the country have left many reexamining police departments and policies. But they've also led to a renewed focus on personal protection with increased gun sales and a legislative proposal to allow guns on college campuses.
Newly re-elected Maine Gov. Paul LePage says his focus during his final four-year term will be welfare reform, spending reform, lowering energy costs and reducing the size of government. The Republican said a government that is “too big and too expensive” discourages job creation.