Republican Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika illness were detected in Florida. Health officials believe none of the cases originated in the state, but from visits to affected countries.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan encouraged lawmakers to find more tax relief, reform Maryland’s criminal justice system and find innovative ways to improve education in his second State of the State address.
The Kansas House gave tentative approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would let the governor appoint state Supreme Court justices subject to Senate approval — changing the state’s current merit-selection process. But the vote was far short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the measure.
The Columbus, Ohio, airport is joining 13 others across the country, including New York’s LaGuardia, Chicago’s O’Hare and Los Angeles International, in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.
In the first in what could be several suits filed by players who claim they were ripped off in games allegedly rigged by the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, an Iowa man says his $9 million jackpot would have been nearly three times as big had the previous ones not been fixed.
House members approved a proposal to provide an estimated $22.6 million in tax relief to individuals, small businesses and corporations. The legislation would reduce the state's top two individual income tax rates and the corporate income tax rate.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed a new property-tax levy for affordable housing that would raise $290 million over seven years. That would double the size of the Washington city’s current levy to fund affordable housing that expires at the end of this year.
State sales tax collections have slowed in the past 10 months. December’s revenue was down 1.1 percent, November saw a 3.3 percent decline and October had a 5.4 percent year-over-year decline, according to the Texas comptroller’s office.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has signed off on legislation that suspends the Keystone Exams for at least two years to see whether there are better ways to measure achievement. High school students in Pennsylvania have been required to pass the tests to graduate.
Human traffickers could be sentenced to death if victims are killed in commission of the crime under a bill advanced a Utah House committee.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s administration is projecting that the state will have $5.22 billion in net general revenue in fiscal 2016 — enough to fully fund the state's general-revenue budget of $5.19 billion and leave a $35.9 million surplus.
Multiple efforts are being undertaken to give Oklahomans a chance to vote in November on changing the state’s alcohol laws, including a proposal that would allow strong beer and wine to be sold in grocery and convenience stores.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee told members of the public they couldn’t take videos or photos of the committee meeting, that only credentialed news media could.