Nevada lawmakers have approved $357,000 to fund New Year’s Eve security in Las Vegas, about triple the amount spent last year. The money will support a record 358 Nevada National Guard troops to be stationed at several spots throughout the celebration.
Firefighter and police officer unions celebrated a victory at the Michigan Capitol as Republican legislators scaled back a local government retirement reform package critics feared could slash promised benefits for public workers.
Oklahoma state tax revenues for November were up more than 12 percent over the same month last year, marking the eighth consecutive month that state tax revenues have experienced year-over-year growth.
The three plans that provide pension and health benefits for state government retirees will need $477 million more next year, and $317 million more will be needed from local governments and school districts in Kentucky for the pension and health benefits of their employees.
A bill approved by the New Jersey Senate would make operating a drone under the influence of alcohol a disorderly person offense, which carries a sentence of up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. It also would make using a drone to hunt wildlife and endanger people or property a similar offense.
In an effort to slow overdose deaths, Delaware health officials say they may follow the lead of some European and U.S. cities by providing safe places for heroin users to get high. The state may also seek an extension of the deadline for signups under the Affordable Care Act, from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1.
The study, which covered five years ending in 2016, examined how state transportation, housing, parks and other projects were handled under the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires developers to disclose and often lessen their project’s effect on the environment before proceeding with construction. The study found that 1 percent of projects required detailed analyses under the law and less than 1 percent of them were sued.
A federal appeals court has upheld a Montana law that says judicial candidates cannot seek, accept or use political endorsements in their campaigns. A candidate for justice of the peace had challenged the rule, saying it violated his right First Amendment rights.
New Mexico’s state Human Services Department is walking back cuts to Medicaid widely opposed by hospitals, advocates for the poor and some doctors, but it has not abandoned the proposals entirely — still leaving some patients facing higher costs for health care in the coming years.
The unfunded liability of Iowa's largest public employees' pension fund has increased to almost $7 billion amid recent actuarial changes that reflect lowered expectations for future investment gains.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in Wyoming has increased each year since 2014, despite moderate economic growth. But the number of homeless families, chronically homeless individuals and homeless veterans showed a decrease from 2016.
Ohio awarded $10 million in grants to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic.