Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill that says sexual assault victims no longer will need to prove that they physically fought back against their attackers for the incident to be characterized as rape.
The bill, signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, creates tougher penalties for assaulting a police officer — even if the officer is off duty.
Rising sea levels caused by climate change may drive U.S. coastal residents to areas far from the seaboard, a new study says. Even landlocked states such as Arizona and Wyoming could see significant increases in population by 2100, and may be unprepared to handle the surge.
The Alaska Senate is considering gambling to pay for some of the state’s education costs by creating a raffle that residents can enter using the checks they get from the state’s endowed Permanent Fund.
The backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to let California leave the U.S., otherwise known as Calexit, have stopped gathering petition signatures. They intend to try again, however, with a retooled proposal for next year’s ballot.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage said he will veto a bill moving through the Legislature that would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients hasten their deaths.
The bill, awaiting action by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, would let the ballots of voters who don’t bring valid identification to the polls be set aside until the voters produced ID.
The bill would protect the state licenses of faith-based child adoption agencies in Alabama that choose not to place children with same-sex couples.
Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran says a push to give Florida some of the toughest ethics laws in the nation is dead for this year’s session, and he’s blaming his colleagues in the Senate for showing “zero interest.”
The North Carolina Senate’s proposal to cut $1 billion in taxes over the next two years will quickly lead to budget shortfalls, the General Assembly’s researchers calculate. By the budget year that starts on July 1, 2021, there would be a $598.9 million gap.
Ninety percent of Kansas firefighters are volunteers, and they say they need more funding as shrinking rural communities can no longer provide the tax money to support them. The state spends about $300,000 on firefighting, less than almost any other state.
Two Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to persuade their colleagues to approve a bill that would allow delivery robots to traverse the state's sidewalks and crosswalks.