Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order that will automatically restore the right to vote to about 180,000 felons in Kentucky who have served out their sentences and meet other criteria.
The U.S. has fallen behind other nations at many levels, from prekindergarten enrollment to the percentage of adults with advanced degrees, a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds.
Hotel workers in the District of Columbia want the City Council to advance legislation that would require Airbnb hosts to obtain licenses and submit to inspections. The bill would also prevent property owners from using Airbnb to rent out multiple units at a time.
Faced with crowded prison populations and rising costs, the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission has tentatively approved a plan that could significantly reduce how long certain drug offenders are behind bars.
For parents having trouble deciding whether their 5-year-old is ready for kindergarten, a bill under review in the state House Education Committee would make the decision easier for them. It calls for full-day, mandatory kindergarten enrollment for 5-year-olds.
Delaware's Human Relations Commission urged Democratic Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers to issue a formal apology for slavery.
Records largely fail to disclose the identities of Arizona lawmakers on whom lobbyists spend money. Less than 14 percent of the roughly $333,000 spent to lobby them in the first half of this year was tied to lawmakers by name.
Florida’s current incentive program for the film industry has used up its $296 million and will end in July, but film industry advocates are stepping up lobbying efforts to extend it.
Concerned over a series of teen driving deaths, an Atlanta lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to increase the age at which a teen could get a license from 16 to 17. Currently, Georgia law mandates that teens wait until 17 if they haven’t taken driver education training.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture Board has approved a proposed rule change that would define “dangerous wild animals” and ban importing them for exhibition or public performance. The rules would make an exception for zoos and filming for movies or television.
Legislative debate is brewing on whether fantasy sports sites, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, constitute illegal gambling, and whether they should be licensed or shut down in California.
Can Starbucks sell wine and beer? The Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission wants that question answered — preferably by the Legislature — before granting a state liquor permit to the national coffee chain.