Democratic Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a compromise plan that could leave Portland and Oregon with some of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation — and could potentially keep the issue from reaching what could be a crowded fall ballot.
The Obama administration is preparing to announce sweeping changes in the way federally owned coal is mined and sold, including a moratorium on some new coal leases and a review of how taxpayers are compensated for coal taken from government lands.
The $3 billion deal between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe is increasingly in jeopardy of being rejected by the Florida Legislature. Some lawmakers say the compact, which would make craps and roulette legal, didn't involve enough input from other betting operators.
New Jersey legislators have passed a bill that would require most employers in the state to provide workers with a retirement savings program. It is not clear whether Republican Gov. Chris Christie will sign the legislation.
Faced with an opportunity to investigate and potentially impeach Gov. Paul LePage on charges that included intimidation, a majority of Democrats in the Maine House instead supported an order that implicitly chastises the Republican governor but doesn’t mention his name.
Committees in both houses moved quickly to see that the state’s courts remain open amid a legal dispute over efforts to curb the Kansas Supreme Court’s administrative power.
Arlington, Virginia, effectively ended homelessness for military veterans in its county. Last year, the state was the first to meet slightly different federal criteria for ending homelessness among veterans.
The new Texas unit will initially include three attorneys — just one was dedicated to human trafficking cases before — as well as five investigators, a forensic accountant and victims’ advocate.
Minnesota has launched a state-backed program for state residents interested in refinancing their student-loan debt. The state ranks fifth nationally in the amount of college-loan debt carried by residents, who have on average nearly $32,000 in outstanding loans.
A Missouri House committee advanced proposals that would require voters to show photo identification at the ballot box — something Democratic members of the committee denounced as a return to racist Jim Crow laws.
Long-range projections show South Dakota could have a roughly $23.5 million deficit for budget year 2019. General fund revenues are expected to increase from about $1.5 billion this year to roughly $1.59 billion in 2019, but spending is expected to grow to more than $1.61 billion in the same period.
The Kentucky Senate signed off on a bill to exempt school and university construction from Kentucky’s prevailing wage law that generally sets higher wage rates for public works projects. The bill is unlikely to pass the House.
A bill that would prevent government funds from being used to provide transportation for women having abortions in West Virginia got sidetracked in committee after questions were raised about federal patient privacy laws.