Inadequate and unsafe jails are problems across the nation, with aging facilities holding an increasing number of people. They often operate with little to no oversight, experts say. And with reluctance to spend money on jails, it seems unlikely the decrepit structures will see a face-lift anytime soon.
The Virginia Supreme Court refused to rule Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in contempt of court for individually restoring the voting rights to 13,000 felons after the court threw out his blanket clemency order that would have done so for more than 200,000.
Arizona police officers will no longer detain people solely to investigate their immigration status under a settlement reached on Thursday after a lawsuit challenged the “show your papers” provision of an immigration law.
Most of Louisiana’s money comes in during the second half of the fiscal year, while expenses are often larger in the beginning. This is the first time a Revenue Anticipation Note has been used in Louisiana state government since the 1980s.
Mississippi shut down a privately operated prison that a federal judge once concluded was effectively run by gangs in collusion with corrupt prison guards, and its prisoners transferred to other state facilities.
Truckers say that a federal government plan to electronically limit the speed of tractor-trailers will lead to highway traffic jams and possibly an increase in deadly run-ins with cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed requiring electronic speed limiters on all trucks and buses over 26,000 pounds so they couldn’t go faster than possibly 60, 65 or 68 mph.
The governors of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota sent a letter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking for changes in regulations intended to increase sales of gasoline blended with a higher percentage of ethanol.
The director of Nebraska’s troubled prison system laid out an ambitious proposal to add 164 new full-time positions and build a $75 million prison addition for elderly and seriously mentally ill inmates. The budget proposal asks for an additional $5 million in state general funds in 2017-18 and $15.3 million extra the following fiscal year, on top of the new prison construction.
More than two years after Washington state launched legal marijuana sales, it's planning to more regularly test the pot for banned pesticides.
The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee sent a proposal for a $1.9 billion domed stadium designed to bring the NFL to Las Vegas to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval for his consideration. The plan would require a $750 million public investment.
Almost 4 percent of the more than 300,000 civil cases filed in Texas courts in 2015 involved plaintiffs or petitioners who didn't have an attorney. Ahead of the next legislative session, lawmakers and legal service providers are looking for ways to make the legal process easier for those who represent themselves.
Groups on both sides of a Maine ballot initiative to expand background checks on gun sales are buying television airtime and mobilizing their bases ahead of what could be one of the costliest referendum campaigns in the state’s history.
Bottled water companies pay very little to collect water in Pennsylvania, so lawmakers there are considering charging them annual licensing fees.