The deployment of additional state police and Texas National Guard troops to the southern border last June has reduced illegal border crossings but cost more than $100 million and compromised the Department of Public Safety's ability to combat crimes elsewhere, according to an internal assessment prepared for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and lawmakers.
From televisions and body cameras to cyber carjacking, a package of bills reflects the California legislature's attention to privacy. Two state lawmakers say it's time to tame what they call the "Wild West of privacy."
Bipartisanship broke out at the legislature in support of a bill that would require health insurers to pay for “telemedicine” consultations the same way they pay for in-person visits.
The Senate has passed a bill that would ban using credit cards to pay for Internet lottery games—a move that lottery officials say would severely dampen revenue from the games that will be launched later this year.
The bill targets super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on elections.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's $100 million flood protection plan for the Music City includes a 2,100-foot-long flood wall located on the city's downtown riverfront.
The North Dakota Senate has approved a measure that would expand early childhood education and provide $6 million in grant money for as many as 6,000 preschoolers.
Republican Gov. John Kasich turned salesman-in-chief in his State of the State speech to make the case for two of his budget proposals that are under attack: his tax-reform plan and redesigning public-school funding to reflect the ability to raise taxes locally.
Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico have been able to find common ground on at least one key issue: keeping children safe and cracking down on those who hurt them.
The Senate endorsed a wide-ranging bill that would create a new 10-year felony for a person who fails to protect a child when they know or should know the child is in danger.
Georgia House leaders rejected Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to cut health insurance benefits to 22,000 part-time school employees and their families, but local school districts would wind up picking up the $103 million tab.
Senate President Peter Courtney said he wants to give new Democratic Gov. Kate Brown a chance to review the list of nominees before the Senate votes to confirm them.
When it comes to health-care funding, Florida’s in a funny position. The state has twice turned down billions of dollars from federal Medicaid that would have covered care for about a million poor Floridians. This year may be no different.