The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit struck down Texas’ tough voter identification law as discriminatory against blacks and Hispanics, setting up a potential Supreme Court showdown over the contentious issue of state photo ID rules.
Prison officials withdrew proposed regulations to impose the nation’s first total ban on letters to inmates, except for official legal correspondence. The regulations were proposed to stop easily concealed strips of the addictive drug Suboxone from flooding into Maryland’s prisons.
Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey put gunmakers and sellers on notice that they are not to sell slightly altered assault-style rifles that she said are intentionally designed to circumvent Massachusetts’ ban on assault weapons.
The Department of Revenue warned that the state has no more money to pay for tax credits that help Louisiana residents shave the cost of buying solar panels for their homes.
A Cook County judge tossed from the fall ballot a constitutional amendment to take away the Illinois’ General Assembly’s power to draw boundaries for legislative districts.
The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy plans to add synthetic opioids tied to recent overdose deaths across the country to the list of controlled substances in the state. States like Ohio, Wyoming and Georgia have already taken steps to ban the substances.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration wants a judge to throw out a court settlement that is intended to ensure that church-run foster-care programs in Kentucky don’t try to proselytize to children in their custody.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the investigation will include the study of chemicals commonly used by New York dry cleaners that pose a health risk to workers.
The House chairman of the Legislature’s Insurance and Financial Services Committee has submitted legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from charging older Mainers higher premiums based solely on their age.
A group of Mississippi lawmakers is making moves to pass legislation that would increase the penalties for those convicted of assaulting or murdering law enforcement officers. The move comes on the heels of murders of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas following growing tension over shootings of black men by law enforcement officers.
A Pennsylvania county judge is making convicted drug dealers buy naloxone kits for the communities in which they sold drugs. Naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose caused by opioids like heroin.
Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a bill that would keep school districts and public universities from authorizing prior restraint of school-sponsored media.
A state senator said he would introduce legislation to permit Ohio cities to override the state’s open and concealed weapon policy during “events of regional or national significance.” The move comes after Republican Gov. John Kasich said he didn’t have the power to prevent firearms from being carried openly at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.