Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that he will sign an executive order making Connecticut the first state to block anyone on federal terrorism watch lists from obtaining a gun permit. He said he is working with the White House to get the list.
House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on legislation to make permanent a moratorium that prevents states from taxing access to the Internet. The seven states that have taxes — Ohio, Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin —would be required to phase out the taxes by mid-2020.
Justices heard arguments in a case that pits the legislative branch against the court itself. At issue in the case, in which lawmakers tied funding of the Kansas court system to the outcome: Whether it is constitutional for the lawmakers to alter the court’s administrative authority.
A new spike in unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into the U.S. is pushing federal officials to open at least three shelters — two in Texas and one in California.
New Mexico cities, counties, colleges and other public entities spent nearly $7.2 million in 2014 and 2015 to lobby the state and federal government. Two-thirds, or more than $4.8 million, went toward lobbying officials in New Mexico and $2.4 million was spent to lobby in Washington.
The 19-member group of faculty, staff and students issued 25 suggestions for implementing Texas’ newly passed campus carry law that takes effect in August. The law allows license holders to carry concealed handguns on to public university campuses.
The ailing Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System added to the state’s ongoing pension problem by announcing a $24.4 billion unfunded liability for 2015, up from $21.5 billion in 2014. Even if the state devoted its entire two-year budget to closing the gap, the fund still wouldn’t cover what it owes future retirees.
Lawmakers began exploring whether to expand gambling in Georgia but gave no clear indication about whether they would back efforts to legalize casinos and pari-mutuel betting on horse races.
Energy losses triggered by persistently low oil prices accounted for more than a 4 percentage point reduction in Oklahoma's gross domestic product in the second quarter. The state was one of only four that registered a decline in GDP, and it ranked dead last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to give Virginia state workers, college professors and school teachers a 2 percent raise. The salary bump is part of a two-year budget plan expected next week.
Florida officials predict that orange production will fall nearly 30 percent this year over last season because of damage wrought by non-native citrus diseases. The state agriculture commissioner wants lawmakers to spend $8.5 million to research the diseases.