A bipartisan bill to set aside $100,000 to promote agriculture products to Cuba was due for a hearing today before the House Agriculture Finance Committee. The move comes after U.S. officials announced in December steps to begin normalizing relations with the communist island nation after decades of hostility.
In a historic opinion striking down Nebraska’s gay marriage ban, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon defended the rights of children being raised by two moms or two dads. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals now will take up the ban.
Leading Texas Republicans asked the Obama administration for greater flexibility to administer Medicaid — a move that has gotten little traction in the past — while reiterating that they would not participate in an expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act.
The Kentucky General Assembly gave final approval to a telephone deregulation bill that frees AT&T and other landline phone companies from having to provide basic phone service to every home in the state.
Ohio state officials have filed suit against BP, claiming the oil giant wrongfully collected more than $33 million in state reimbursements to clean up storage tank leaks.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget would force layoffs of about 100 of the state Department of Education’s roughly 300 workers, the state school superintendent said. The Jindal administration disputed the figures, saying the department’s 17 percent cut is in line with reductions at other agencies as the state seeks to close a $1.6 billion shortfall.
California's voter-approved law to keep convicted sex offenders from living near schools and parks violates parolees' constitutional rights, the state's highest court has ruled, saying the blanket ban has done more to leave offenders homeless than to protect children.
Over the objections of most of the chamber’s Democrats, the state Senate passed a $15 billion transportation package, including an 11.7-cent gas tax increase.
The bill's sponsor has also proposed licenses for cyclists.
The Arkansas House approved a bill that would allow public college faculty and staff members with concealed-carry permits to carry weapons on campus. Several representatives spoke against the bill, citing concerns about taking away local control from colleges and universities.
Lowering South Dakota’s minimum wage for workers under 18 would save state government, one of the largest employers, only about $27,000 a year, according to a legislative analysis.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker would get more control over the agency that oversees Wisconsin’s merit hiring system, under his proposed budget bill.
A bill to allow terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs and devices that have yet to receive full approval from regulators is on its way to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
School districts with a student uniform policy of solid pants, skirts or shorts and collared shirts would be eligible for $10-per-student from the state under a bill proposed by the House K-12 subcommittee.