Republican Gov. Doug Ducey rejected legislation that would have kept secret for two months the names of Arizona police officers involved in serious or deadly shootings. The bill was inspired by last summer’s fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.
Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy banned government-funded travel to the Midwestern state. Connecticut is the first state to issue a travel boycott to protest of Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law. Two cities, Seattle and San Francisco, also have issued bans.
In a move that could raise the hurdles states face in attempting to execute prisoners, the American Pharmacists Association has discouraged its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections. The group says providing the drugs runs contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers.
Police in Iowa have seized cash or property from thousands of people since 2009, using state and federal forfeiture laws. The bulk of the forfeitures resulted from traffic stops, often for minor violations and involving vehicles with out-of-state plates.
The bill would allow people with handgun-carry permits to go armed in any local park in Tennessee, regardless of local ordinances banning them in cities such as Memphis and Nashville.
West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation, and law enforcement and healthcare professionals say that the current heroin epidemic stems from the abuse of prescription painkillers, which create a similar high.
The $189 million facility would have 700 beds for state prisoners who are diagnosed with mental illnesses. The prison, which wouldn’t open until at least 2020, also would ease overcrowding in the Washington state prison system.
Kansas is considering issuing $1 billion or more in pension bonds because it has a chance to improve the state retirement system’s financial health, not because officials want to back off short-term funding commitments, key lawmakers say.
The measure would create a two-year pilot program allowing for "suspicion-based" drug screening and testing for applicants who are eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Drug tests would be given if the welfare applicants are suspected of using drugs, as determined by their written responses to questions.
A new state audit finds one of three of Kentucky's rural hospitals are in poor financial health, raising concern about adequate access to care in rural areas, where hundreds of thousands of people have recently received coverage under Medicaid for the first time.
Efforts to reform Florida’s system would end the state’s dependence on not-for-profit managed care providers and open the door to for-profit managed care companies to compete for the $506 million in state business.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is asking the legislature for more than $3 million to open 100 new cells for condemned men at San Quentin Prison.