The Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts, ruling that lawmakers had violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race in drawing them. The decision could affect many voting maps, generally in the South.
Texas job applicants who have committed a single, nonviolent offense would not be required to disclose that offense to potential employers. The bill excludes those whose crime was sexual and violent.
It would cost $400 billion a year to create a publicly funded universal health care system in California, according to a new state financial analysis. California’s proposed general fund and special fund spending for the next budget year is $180 billion.
Connecticut state employees would receive no general wage increases for three years and pay more for their pensions and health care under a tentative deal with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy that would save the state more than $1.5 billion over the next two years.
Under the measure that Republican Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to sign, an Alabama voter who participates in the primary of one party could not participate in the primary runoff of the other party.
The bill would impose a quarterly fee of 10.5 percent of gross revenue on daily fantasy sports providers, and require the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs to issue permits to fantasy sports operators, including casino licensees and racetracks.
Oregon lawmakers have sent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown a bill that would ban some practices that can lead to unequal pay between men and women, such as using salary history to screen job applicants. The bill would also give more legal remedies to workers who feel they’re being paid unfairly.
Seventy-three people sit on Louisiana’s death row, but Louisiana finds itself in the same predicament as many other states with capital punishment: It has run out of its supply of drugs for lethal injections, and pharmaceutical companies whose drugs were being used for the deadly cocktail have largely blocked further access.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has vowed to take the unusual step of vetoing the entire $76 billion state budget if it raises property taxes on Wisconsin homeowners.
A Rhode Island Senate committee is considering a proposal that would allow schools to provide at-home virtual education to students if classes are canceled because of inclement weather or another emergency.
The Michigan State Police is launching a new click-it-or-ticket campaign. Michigan ranked No. 1 for seat belt use in 2009, but dropped to 12th last year.
The original version of the bill signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam would have required the phrase "In God We Trust" to be printed on all license plates issued in Tennessee. But sponsors agreed to make the new design optional after the state attorney general raised constitutional concerns.