The Senate gave initial approval to a measure that would let county clerks in Texas recuse themselves from signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples because of religious objections.
The bill signed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is designed to encourage manufacturers to create new jobs in Maryland by giving relief from sales, property and income taxes in exchange for training workers.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as thousands of acres across Florida are consumed by wildfire. Fire already has consumed 250 percent more land in the first three months of this year than in the first quarter of last year.
Nearly 40,000 Minnesota children were suspected of being abused or neglected last year, 25 percent more than in 2015. Likely causes: increased awareness about child protection issues, better reporting and a growing opioid-addiction crisis.
The Alaska House voted to increase the state's oil production taxes and reduce subsidies of new drilling in a bid to reduce the state’s $2.8 billion deficit. It's unclear whether the Senate will approve the bill.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he is seeking more "reforms" to New Jersey's perpetually troubled public-worker pension system, including diverting lottery receipts to the most underfunded system of any state.
Oklahoma already has borrowed $240.7 million from its now-empty rainy day fund to meet its monthly spending bills. Now, it needs to borrow more as tax collections fall short of expectations.
The proposal would require online retailers to remit sales taxes if their gross revenue in Nebraska exceeds $100,000 or they conduct 200 or more transactions in the state. Those that refuse would have to notify buyers and the state that the tax is due.
A key House committee approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise Tennessee’s tax on gasoline and diesel fuel over a three-year period to pay for a $10 billion backlog in road projects.
The Legislature’s finance committee will look at imposing a penny-per-ounce tax on certain carbonated and noncarbonated nonalcoholic beverages that contain added sweetener. Money raised would not go to offset Connecticut’s $1.7 billion deficit, but to education to combat childhood obesity.
Amid a growing national opioid-addiction epidemic, a California lawmaker has proposed creating “safe injection sites” for addicts to take drugs under the supervision of medical professionals. The bill would create pilot programs in eight counties.
The bill would have increased Montana’s tax on a pack of cigarettes from $1.70 to $3.20. Nearly half of the extra money would have gone to give elderly and disabled caregivers a raise.
The measure prohibits the use of digital video and audio streaming or recording devices in toilets, bath or shower facilities, locker rooms, diaper changing areas, and certain other spaces in Iowa’s public libraries, public schools and other government offices open to the public.