Republican Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberties bill that triggered a wave of criticism from Hollywood, sports leagues and Georgia business leaders for what they saw was its discrimination against gay and transgender people.
The U.S. Geological Survey released maps that for the first time show the potential risk of man-made wastewater wells in parts of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas can be equal to quake hazards in California.
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo warned that the Kentucky Legislature could adjourn without a budget, as House and Senate negotiators cannot find common ground on a $21 billion spending plan for the next two years.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The bill is based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
Fewer homeowners have signed up for rooftop solar systems since Hawaii’s public utilities commission stopped offering net energy metering, which the solar industry says has led some companies to lay off workers.
Negotiators agreed on the details of a $42.3 billion budget that has no new taxes, but which provides enough money for Maryland’s public colleges and universities to hold tuition increases to no more than about 2 percent and pay Baltimore $18 million to demolish vacant houses.
The judge struck down part of an Alabama law that required abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants college presidents to cap tuition increases at 3 percent. Language in the state budget, which he has yet to sign, provides greater state oversight of tuition rates.
Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says he will not take executive action to expand Medicaid in Idaho after the Legislature adjourned without passing legislation to deal with the problem. He said he would work with lawmakers toward a solution next year.commercialappeal.com
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed additional spending on transportation, Tennessee’s Medicaid program and education beyond the state budget request he sent to the Legislature nearly two months ago.