The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that towns in the state are obligated to provide affordable homes to make up for those that weren't built during the nearly two-decade period when the state failed to issue rules on low-income housing.
Thirteen states are asking a federal judge to block a last-minute Obama administration environmental rule aimed at preventing coal mines from fouling thousands of miles of streams. The rule would stop miners from dumping debris near streams and rivers, and require new testing and monitoring of streams near coal mines.
An Arkansas Senate panel endorsed Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million proposal to cut income taxes for more than 650,000 residents making less than $21,000 a year. The cut is less than half the reduction Hutchinson signed into law two years ago and less than what some GOP lawmakers would have liked, but the governor promised to seek deeper reductions later.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is pushing a 7-cent hike in Tennessee’s gas tax and new fees on electric vehicles and rental cars as part of a package aimed at tackling a $10 billion backlog of road projects. The plan also calls for cutting the sales tax on groceries by another half percent and $113 million in cuts to the state's business taxes.
A piece of legislation in front of the Virginia General Assembly would allow local law enforcement to create a $100 fine for dogs that “run at large” on other people’s properties. Hunters say the proposal unfairly targets their dogs that help track down deer, bear and other wildlife.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing higher taxes on marijuana sales and on some homes owned by seniors to close an anticipated $106 million deficit in funding for Colorado public schools.
Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked for a bill that would give him authority to hold "bifurcated" elections so that potentially tens of thousands of Kansas voters who register with federal forms could not vote in state or local elections.
On the first day of the session, the two chambers of the Texas Legislature couldn’t even agree on the size of the current budget. The House baked in some supplemental expenses, including $1.2 billion for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
New Mexico lawmakers will consider a proposed expansion of the state’s drunken-driving law that would set blood concentration levels for five drugs: marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamine and methamphetamine.
The Missouri House gave initial approval to a measure that would prohibit labor contracts that require all the workers who benefit from union representation to pay for it. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has pledged to sign a right-to-work bill if it makes it to his desk.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott wants to reshuffle the structure of state government by combining labor and economic development issues under one roof, merging Vermont’s liquor and lottery offices, and creating a more powerful agency for technology projects.
After heavy rains, urban water districts are urging California’s State Water Resources Control Board to allow the state’s emergency conservation rules to expire. Local officials said they’ve invested in storage and conservation programs and that they have strong water supplies. But water board members said conditions could turn dry again.
State lawmakers are looking to end a ban that prohibits Nebraska public school teachers from wearing any sort of religious garb, from burqas to yarmulkes. Thirty-six states had similar bans at various points, but Nebraska and Pennsylvania are the only ones that have yet to repeal them.