Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York would offer free testing to all pregnant women who had traveled to a country experiencing a Zika outbreak, regardless of whether they were showing symptoms.
President Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax to provide for the long-term funding of the Highway Trust Fund and to pay for new rail corridors, transit systems and new technologies such as self-driving cars.
New Mexico lawmakers are considering a pair of nonbinding measures that would signal support for the development of a temporary storage facility to house spent nuclear fuel that has been piling up at reactors around the nation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would convene an expert panel before approving some new opioids, strengthen requirements to study a drug after it has come to market, and increase access to training on pain management for doctors and other prescribers.
Professional computer technicians who trip across child pornography may be required to report it or face misdemeanor charges under a bill being considered by the Utah House.
The measure, headed for the desk of Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, repeals West Virginia’s 81-year-old law that requires workers be paid prevailing wages on public construction projects.
Preliminary tax revenue for January stands $167 million less than Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget estimated. The weak stock market is partly to blame, and analysts warn the slump in income tax receipts could last into June.
Virginia senators approved the first piece of a gun deal hashed out with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe that expands the right to carry concealed weapons in return for strengthening some gun laws. The compromise would reinstate a reciprocity agreement with 25 states to recognize their concealed permits.
Every Arizona public-school student could get state money to attend private schools by 2020 under a vast expansion of a school-voucher program lawmakers are attempting to fast-track.
The bill, designed to encourage young people to consider farming as a career, would reimburse new farmers up to $30,000 of their student debt over a period of five years.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says he opposes legislative efforts to fund Missouri roads and bridges with general state revenue instead of dedicated sources such as fuel taxes, saying the approach could mean less money for other services such as mental health care and education.
South Dakota lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow people or organizations to discriminate against same-sex couples, unmarried pregnant women or transgender people without jeopardizing state contracts or employment.
A Nebraska judge has ruled that a pair of prison inmates should be allowed to marry via video conference, rejecting arguments from the Department of Corrections that such a ceremony would be a waste of time and money because it would not be legally valid.