Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown set a goal for California to reduce emissions to 40 percent below what they were in 1990, which would be North America’s most stringent standards for reducing greenhouse gases.
Justices ruled 5-4 that states may forbid judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions. In doing so, the court upheld a Florida law that is similar to restrictions in 29 states that elect judges.
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that requires insurers to provide up to $30,000 a year in coverage for children 6 and under who have been diagnosed with autism. It makes Georgia the nation’s 41st state to require insurers to cover some therapy for kids with autism.
Faith groups, consumer advocates and veteran lawmakers are calling for a crackdown on payday and auto title lenders, but they will have to overcome the objections of an industry with tremendous political clout. In the absence of state action, 22 Texas cities have approved local ordinances to regulate the industry.
A bill that would prevent private citizens in North Carolina from keeping a lion, tiger or other dangerous wild animals in their backyard passed the North Carolina House.
This is the third straight year Medicaid expansion efforts have died in the Louisiana Legislature. This year’s proposals came amid a backdrop of a $1.6 billion budget shortfall and the costs of uninsured care threatening the financial viability of some of the state’s hospitals.
By the time 50 Connecticut police agencies wrap up a month-long ticketing blitz this week, they will have given out an estimated 12,500 citations in a campaign dubbed "U drive. U text. U pay."
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration halted expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, citing concerns that its economic impact has been overstated and its debt payments could drain money from Massachusetts’ treasury.
Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple may have to call a special session after North Dakota lawmakers adjourned without passing a budget for the state’s retirement system.
The Florida Senate sent to Republican Gov. Rick Scott a bill that outlaws so-called revenge porn, the online posting of sexually explicit photographs or videos of another person without their consent.
Wisconsin drivers have been slow to embrace a new type of identification card known as Real ID. The licenses, which meet new federal standards, will eventually be needed to board a plane.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has declared a state of emergency over Minnesota’s avian flu outbreak, ate turkey in front of the cameras. Lawmakers meanwhile prepared fast-track legislation to deal with the epidemic.