The agency that manages Colorado’s version of the Children’s Health Insurance Program has begun sending letters to families that are currently covered and notifying them that their kids’ health insurance could end Jan. 31 if Congress doesn’t act. Federal funding for the health insurance program expired last month.
The workload of the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office has exploded because of the opioid crisis, forcing medical examiners to drop a long-standing policy of performing an autopsy on every suspected drug death in the state.
Fourteen female lawmakers have signed a letter to Idaho legislative leadership requesting mandatory sexual harassment training in the Statehouse. House Speaker Scott Bedke, a Republican, said training is already being planned for the start of the 2018 legislative session.
Under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature this year, any school district resident — regardless of whether they have a child in school — can now challenge material as pornographic, biased, inaccurate or a violation of state law and get a hearing before an outside mediator.
A proposed Arizona law could send you to prison for a year or more if you wear a mask in public. Masks and costumes would be a felony at civil protests, political events or even any “public event.”
The California Supreme Court, overturning a lower court ruling, upheld a 2002 law that permits the state to order farmers and unions to reach binding contracts. The Legislature passed the law after determining that farmers were refusing to negotiate with unionized workers.
With the election of Democrat Phil Murphy as governor, New Jersey is almost certain to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use within a year, creating a cannabis market that could be worth $1 billion a year and generate an annual $300 million for the state’s tax coffers. And that means Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, set to launch in the first quarter of 2018 and offering only oil-based products, may find itself outmaneuvered.
A former South Dakota lobbyist says an ex-lawmaker should be denied a state appointment because of inappropriate comments he made to her in 2012.
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is soliciting help from educators across the state in rewriting standards for science, health, the arts and early learning.
The number of sexual harassment claims filed with Maine’s human rights panel has been dropping for more than a decade, from a high of 170 in 2000-01 to 58 in 2016-17.
A group of police officers who wore body cameras experienced a 37 percent reduction in use-of-force incidents and complaints filed against them, according to a yearlong study by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Officers wearing the cameras also issued 6.8 percent more citations and made 5.2 percent more arrests than officers without cameras, the study found.
Twice a week, five city offices coordinate to clear homeless encampments across Washington, D.C., as part of Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “comprehensive strategy to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.” But advocates say the city’s encampment cleaning — which records show cost taxpayers more than $172,000 in a three-month span — does little more than punish residents who have nowhere else to go.
Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp waded into a prickly political battle when he called on lawmakers to pass a measure to modernize Georgia’s adoption laws without a controversial “religious liberty” provision and pledged to quickly sign it into law if elected governor.