Republicans in Congress are moving to wipe out Obama administration regulations that allow California and other states to create programs to automatically enroll private-sector workers without retirement plans into state-run savings accounts.
North Carolina is headed for a $552.5 million budget surplus this year, prompting debate on whether to cut taxes or better fund education in an effort to strengthen the middle class.
Republican lawmakers want to fast-track a plan to eventually offer vouchers to every public-school student in Arizona and privatize oversight of the public money given to parents to pay private-school tuition and other expenses.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Pennsylvania prisons can no longer keep former death-row inmates in solitary confinement after their sentences have been changed. The court cited the harmful psychological effects of lone imprisonment.
Although overall ticket sales rose 9 percent last year versus 2015, the number of millennials who play is falling, creating consternation among leaders of an industry that generates $80 billion in annual revenue.
Currently, criminal defendants have to explain at a pre-trail hearing why they deserve immunity from prosecution under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Lawmakers are shifting the burden of proof on to prosecutors.
A bill would require Hawaii’s counties to establish rent-control ordinances for both old and new housing. Honolulu is one of the most expensive cities to live in in the U.S.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton proposed pumping $125 million into upgrading Minnesota’s aging state computer systems and improving cybersecurity to protect information on citizens that is housed there.
Ohio asked Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Texas and Virginia for a lethal injection drug in an unsuccessful attempt to continue putting inmates to death. None of them agreed to provide it to Ohio, which had its last execution in 2014.
A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill aimed at banning so-called sanctuary cities across the state, threatening to withhold state funding from any city that disobeys.
A Mississippi House bill that would take civil service protection away from most of the state’s 32,000 employees for the next three years goes to the Senate. It would allow agency heads to more easily fire them or shift their positions to save money as the state budget crunch persists.
The proposal would require health care providers in the state to list prices for their most common procedures. Alaska’s health costs are among the highest in the nation.
Several states issue permits to carry concealed weapons to nonresidents, and some to people as young as 18. That means 18-year-olds in Kansas could obtain one of those permits and get around Kansas law, which limits concealed carry to people 21 and older.