Michigan and the city of Flint agreed to replace at least 18,000 home water lines by 2020 under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit over lead-contaminated water. Under the settlement, the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money, setting aside $87 million with another $10 million in reserve.
The proposed rules from the California department of corrections would allow nonviolent felons to seek parole at the conclusion of the base term for their primary offense, before serving additional time for other charges. The plan also expands the early release credits inmates can earn to reduce their sentences.
Local government officials in Kansas are pushing the Legislature for changes in a law that imposes a lid on how much property taxes can be raised starting July 1. Bills that would do that haven’t been called up for a vote.
The proposal would let Nevada judges decide if a juvenile sex offender has to register and appear in the public sex offender database while they are a minor and after they turn 21.
Nine months after deciding to expand gambling, Pennsylvania legislators haven't agreed on how to do it. The latest proposal calls for legalizing video-gaming terminals, allowing patrons of bars, clubs and even truck stops to play slots or poker.
The Texas Senate tentatively approved legislation that would revamp the state’s voter identification rules, a response to court rulings that the current law discriminates against minority voters. The bill would add options for voters who say they cannot “reasonably” obtain one of seven forms of ID currently required at the polls.
The supplemental bill signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie delivers some $260 million in construction funds for New Jersey roads and $140 million in transit construction funding.
The spending bill unveiled by Colorado lawmakers offers a modest increase in state employee salaries and education at the expense of cuts to hospitals.
Under the bill, the oil industry would no longer have to report spills of oil, produced water or natural gas liquids that are less than 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, if the spills stay on the well site or facility location. The reporting exemption only applies to North Dakota oil wells and facilities constructed after Sept. 1, 2000.
The average tuition at West Virginia’s public colleges and universities increased by about $4,200, or roughly 147 percent, in the past 15 years, a new report finds, as lawmakers debate how much to cut higher education to balance next year’s state budget.
The South Dakota House failed to override Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s vetoes of two bills that would have made it easier to carry concealed handguns.
The Arkansas House approved a proposed constitutional amendment that, if referred to the November 2018 ballot and approved by voters, would make it harder to pass constitutional amendments.