The head of the Michigan health department and the state’s chief medical officer are the latest to be charged in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a trio of bills that prohibit New Jersey employers from discriminating against people with expunged criminal records, accelerate some expungements, increase the number of convictions that can be expunged, and reduce the waiting period to expunge an entire juvenile record.
A panel of Missouri senators advanced legislation to create new abortion regulations — including annual inspections of clinics — requested by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens in his call for a special session focused solely on abortion laws.
Medical marijuana cards will cost as little as $50, edible products will come in opaque, child-proof packages and a 10 percent excise tax on sales of recreational marijuana will be designated for Nevada’s rainy day fund. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill that would have allowed those convicted of past marijuana-related crimes involving an equal or lesser amount of what’s now legal to have that crime vacated from their criminal records.
San Antonio is forging ahead with plans to reduce emissions, despite the EPA’s announcement last week that the implementation of new, stricter standards for ozone levels in the air will be delayed until 2018. The push sets San Antonio apart from other Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, which have yet to meet the current emissions standard and aren't actively working to meet the stricter standard.
The battle between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota’s Republican-controlled Legislature over the governor’s veto of $130 million in legislative funding pits the governor’s constitutionally delineated line-item veto power against the Legislature’s constitutionally outlined independent power.
The Louisiana House Appropriations Committee advanced a budget proposal that backs away from the chamber's push for the state to spend less money in the coming year, but would leave about $100 million in projected revenue unspent.
Students who need physical examinations for school activities could receive them from chiropractors instead of physicians under a proposal approved by the Wisconsin Assembly Health Committee.
Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, in effect since January, has brought in $25.6 million. But city officials say it will fall short of a projected $46.2 million for fiscal 2017, which ends June 30.
A new Delaware law requires that students over the age of 16 who wish to withdraw from school prior to graduation obtain written consent from their parent or guardian and attend an exit interview. Schools will inform the students about the potential consequences of dropping out of school, including a greater risk for unemployment and a lower earning potential.
A $166.7 million effort to automate Medicaid enrollment instead has led to delays for tens of thousands of Oregonians. The glitches mean the agency was dispensing billions in Medicaid payouts not knowing whether the recipients were sufficiently low-income to qualify. Nearly 300,000 have been kicked off the plan since March 2016, after the agency resumed verifying eligibility, state figures show.
A New York state judge has upheld the legal authority of the Tenant Protection Unit, a key initiative of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protect rent-regulated tenants from overcharges, harassment and intimidation by unscrupulous landlords.
A bill moving through the North Carolina Senate would allow drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing to get a special symbol on their driver’s license, and add new training for law enforcement on how to interact with deaf people.
A new program tied to Nebraska's 150th year of statehood aims to ensure every fourth-grader across the state gets to take part in a memorable ritual: visiting the Capitol.