The U.S. Supreme Court faulted North Carolina again in a racially tinged voting rights case, upholding a lower court's ruling that Republican lawmakers mapped state legislative districts in a way that diluted the clout of black voters. But the justices threw out another ruling ordering special elections by November to fill the state Legislature seats at issue in the dispute.
With 790 Arizona residents dead from opioid overdoses last year, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey moved to require health providers to more frequently update state health officials on overdose deaths and opioid-related encounters, expand distribution of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, develop new guidelines for prescribing opioids, and increase access to medication-assisted treatment.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved to require insurers in his state to stick with broad-coverage mandates, hoping to lock in the Affordable Care Act’s gains for New York residents even as Republicans are trying to repeal the law in Washington. Cuomo also finalized rules mandating commercial health policies to cover contraceptives at no additional cost to female enrollees.
Democratic leaders have settled on a disputed method to shave the crippling increases in pension costs forecast for Oregon's public employers over the next six years: employee cost sharing. The plan, along with other cost-containment measures, is the opening gambit in an end-of-session tug of war over new revenue proposals and the effort to plug the state's $1.4 billion general fund deficit.
Three years after Illinois made a bold change in how science would be taught and tested, little is known about how students have performed because neither schools nor families have seen state science exam scores since 2013-14.
The state Health Department's chief lawyer told a joint meeting of the Senate and House Public Health Committee that running Arkansas' medical marijuana program will cost about $1.5 million over the next year. Medical marijuana registration cards will cost about $50, and an Arkansas driver's license or state ID will be required to obtain one.
After spending the session peeling back what they deemed taxpayer-financed “corporate welfare” in the name of jobs, the Florida House is returning with a plan to replace those programs with a new $85 million economic development fund that gives Republican Gov. Rick Scott exclusive control — and few strings attached.
A Nevada program to help parents put kids in private school is unfunded in an education budget bill that has now passed both the Senate and the Assembly. That leaves Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval to decide whether to veto a budget without the $60 million he asked for to fund the education savings accounts.
Unpaid furlough days for state workers will not be ordered before the end of this month, after an infusion of roughly $80 million in one-time money for New Mexico’s cash reserves was approved during a special session that ended earlier this week.
Tesla, which is suing the state in federal court in Grand Rapids, has subpoenaed records of communications between the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association, key state lawmakers, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder just prior to the passage of a 2014 law that bars manufacturers from selling directly to customers and requires them to sell through franchised dealerships.
The $3.7 billion package for the 2017-18 school year freezes per-student spending for Louisiana's roughly 700,000 public school students. However, it includes $10 million more for “dual enrollment,” which allows high school students to earn college and career credit, and an $8 million hike for high-needs students.
South Carolina’s gas tax hike will take effect July 1, but it will take time — years, in some cases — before drivers will see orange cones go up at road-repair projects.