Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said repeatedly he will sign the measure into law despite opponents who have called it discriminatory. The backlash against similar legislation in Indiana has that state's governor seeking to further clarify the law's scope.
Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced he will seek to end child and family homelessness by 2020. About 1,500 people in Vermont live without housing on any given night, Shumlin said, and about half of those in emergency homeless shelters are families with children.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says county taxpayers will not have to share in the cost of a stadium intended to keep the NFL Rams in St. Louis. The move strips $6 million a year from the financing scheme and raises questions about the financial viability of the $985 million facility.
The Supreme Court narrowly ruled that doctors and other health-care providers cannot sue states to bump up Medicaid reimbursement rates they say are unlawfully low.
The measure would require state agencies to record their contracts with outside vendors in a database run by the comptroller’s office. It would also prohibit state agencies from signing contracts with former state employees for two years after they leave their state jobs — an attempt to limit the revolving door between the private sector and state government.
New ethics measures propose that lawmakers convicted of public corruption may have to forfeit their pensions, those who are lawyers would often have to reveal the names of clients, and all legislators would have to verify their whereabouts to collect their daily travel stipend. But watchdog groups say loopholes remain if the measures are enacted.
Three people were sentenced to death in Ohio last year, far below years previous when as many as 17 were sentenced to death in a single year -- in both 1995 and 1996, an annual report on capital punishment shows.
The backlash against Indiana becoming the 20th state to pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act could extend to Michigan if similar legislation already in the hopper moves to the front of the line at the state Capitol.
Republican House Speaker Tim Moore says lawmakers will look closely at the potential economic fallout of an Indiana-like religious freedom law before voting on one for North Carolina. Critics of the proposal include Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
A committee recommended that House members not pass a measure that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation before it comes up for a floor vote. The North Dakota Senate approved the measure last month despite a similar do-not-pass recommendation from a committee.
Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who a decade ago sought to ban gay marriage, will officiate at state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s wedding to his domestic partner. Rosenberg is a liberal Democrat.
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, arrived in Carson City with scores of allies to rally behind a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government.