Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law that sets a five-day limit on initial prescriptions for pain-killing opioids in New Jersey and requires insurance companies to accept addicts into treatment without delay.
The number of people killed in car crashes last year exceeded 40,000 for the first time in a decade, reversing a trend that saw traffic fatalities dwindle for several years. Officials attribute the increase mostly to the improved economy and lower gas prices.
The Michigan House’s tax policy committee voted along party lines to gradually phase out the personal income tax. The plan would blow a $1.1-billion hole into the state’s budget in the first full year of its implementation.
The bill would require that 15 percent of each year’s revenue growth from the prior year go into a rainy day fund, and prevent North Carolina legislators from spending more than a set amount from the fund.
In Texas, the old hands say there are only two seasons: spring football and fall football. But lately there’s a year-round game getting played as well: the competition to build the most expensive high school football stadium in the world.
Kansas House members gave early approval to a bill that would increase personal income taxes and reinstate taxes on some businesses. The bill would generate about $590 million next year, when the state faces a potential $500 million shortfall.
An Oklahoma House committee approved a bill that requires women seeking an abortion to provide the father's written, informed consent, despite objections that the measure would be found unconstitutional.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said he would entertain tax measures to address Illinois’ deep financial woes. He said he was open to broadening the state’s sales tax base, but tied any income tax hikes to a permanent freeze on local property taxes.
Independent “dark money” groups that spend to influence New Mexico’s elections would face new requirements to disclose their donors under a bill adopted by the state Senate.
Minnesota lawmakers are moving to require diversity and crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers after two fatal shootings of black men put police-community relations in the spotlight.
A bill that would allow licensed physicians in Hawaii to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill, competent adults who have a prognosis of six or fewer months to live has passed its first Senate committee. Last year, a similar proposal didn't even get a hearing.
Despite having only a single, nonpartisan chamber, state senators in Nebraska have become so engrossed in an argument about debate rules that they have passed just two bills in a month, and there's no compromise in sight.
Senators voted to make it illegal to secretly take photos or videos under a person's clothes. The action comes after a divided state Court of Appeals found that a man didn't break any Georgia laws when he filmed up a woman's skirt while she shopped at a grocery store.