From Maine to Hawaii, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms to demand action on gun violence and school safety. Students around the nation joined the youth-led surge of activism set off by the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Lawmakers called for the release of a report that could offer insight into specific problems following eight deaths in Connecticut’s prison system. The correction commissioner has said the secret report might reveal his department’s legal strategy in future litigation and is therefore exempt from public disclosure.
The bill signed by South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster would limit the public's ability to challenge business or industrial development permits on environmental grounds.
Indiana lawmakers failed to meet a midnight deadline, causing the unintentional death of a handful of bills and setting off a round of finger-pointing. The casualties included two of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s priorities: a funding boost for school security and a plan to encourage and regulate driverless vehicles.
Colorado lawmakers will take $7 million in “extra” education money they’ve been wrangling over and put it toward bills that improve school safety. One such bill would provide grants to schools that want to buy radio technology that allows more direct communication with emergency responders.
A federal judge blocked an Ohio law that would ban abortions when a woman’s reason for the procedure is a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, has signed a law that will create publicly financed elections, reversing her previous opposition to a plan that advocates say will help curb money’s influence in politics.
An industry group that represents grocers asked the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to block the release of more than a decade’s worth of records to a South Dakota newspaper that show how much retailers have been paid each year in the food stamp program.
A net neutrality bill in California would bar broadband companies from interfering with a customer’s internet access based on the nature of the content or type of service. It also would prevent providers from varying speeds between websites or charging customers additional fees for their services to reach more people.
A bill introduced in the Delaware House would make it illegal for anyone under 18 to get hitched, regardless of whether their parents approve.
An Arkansas circuit judge stopped the state from issuing its first five medical marijuana growing permits, casting uncertainty over the future of the new industry.
Kentucky lawmakers rewrote a bill that would have given churches and religious organizations the right to ignore civil-rights protections offered by Lexington and several other Kentucky cities to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.