The Missouri municipal court reform bill will cap court revenue and impose new requirements in an attempt to end what was called predatory fines and jail terms aimed at the poor. The measure is a response to practices exposed by last year’s shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
The bill, stalled by differences between the Senate and Assembly, is designed to provide New Jersey workers with paid sick days.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican plan that would have enrolled future state and public school workers in a 401(k)-style retirement plan. The Democratic governor already has vetoed a state budget put forth by the Republican-led legislature.
The Assembly sent Republican Gov. Scott Walker a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks from fertilization. The procedure at that stage of development occurs infrequently in Wisconsin.
Ohio deposited more than $526 million into its rainy day fund, lifting the balance of the reserves account that was once at just 89 cents to more than $2 billion. The fund is a hedge against economic downturns.
The Florida League of Cities wants the state Supreme Court to reject a proposed 2016 ballot amendment that would allow homeowners and businesses to sell solar power. Private and municipally owned utility companies say such an amendment would void the franchise fees they pay to be an exclusive source of electric power to cities.
About 564,000 acres of farmland will lie fallow in California this year because of the drought, researchers from the University of California, Davis, say. They calculate that will mean $1.8 billion in lost farm revenues and 8,550 fewer farm jobs.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan launched a commission to examine which state regulations are making it unduly difficult to do business in Maryland.
The measure would limit severance packages for Illinois community college presidents to a year's salary and benefits. The legislation is in response to a retirement payout of $763,000 for one departing president.
Avian flu has been found in wild birds and backyard poultry flocks in Idaho, leading to heightened state efforts to control it before it infects commercial poultry. Outbreaks have recently been found in California, Oregon, Utah and Washington.