In some of its strongest language to date, the Oklahoma Geological Survey said the state’s swarm of earthquakes is likely triggered by the underground disposal of billions of barrels of wastewater from oil and gas wells.
The Senate approved Gov. Brian Sandoval’s plan to raise business taxes more than $430 million a year to bolster the state’s education system and economic development efforts. Sandoval is one of at least 10 Republican governors supporting tax hikes this year.
The bill would allow terminally ill patients in Texas who have exhausted other treatment options to try experimental drugs that have passed at least the first of three U.S. Food and Drug Administration trial phases.
One bill requires a 48-hour waiting period after counseling. The other would make Tennessee one of 23 states to hold abortion clinics to the same standards as outpatient surgery centers. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to sign them.
House lawmakers have embraced a plan to raise fines from $50 to $150 for people caught more than once reading, composing and sending messages from wireless devices while driving.
Democratic lawmakers said that North Dakota could lose $6 billion in revenue over the next decade if a House-passed bill that would lower the oil extraction tax rate becomes law.
If lawmakers can’t resolve their budget differences before May 1, Republican Gov. Rick Scott warned he’d call them back into session to adopt a "continuation budget" to fund the critical needs of the state at existing levels next year.
The state faces an additional $25 million hit in its next state budget to provide the aid it promised to public schools — something Kansas officials learned less than three weeks after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation to prevent such surprises.
The Wisconsin Senate voted to repeal the state's two-day waiting period to buy a handgun and has sent the measure to the Assembly.
Top education advocates, prominent state Democrats and some Republicans implored Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to released $68 million the legislature set aside for the state's 13 costliest school districts.