Four weeks after Hurricane Maria, 80 percent of Puerto Rico still does not have electricity. Industry experts said poor planning, a slow response by power officials and Puerto Rico’s dire financial straits had led to a situation that would be unfathomable in the continental United States.
A bipartisan group of 10 governors is calling on Congress to vote on a deal to stabilize Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, insurance markets. They wrote that Congress should at least fund payments to insurers through 2019.
Frustrated by judges overturning their legislation, North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers have taken steps to try to change the composition of the bench.
Hundreds of pages of court records related to sexual abuse allegations against clergy members are being made public in response to an order from a New Mexico judge, marking the largest disclosure of such records since alleged victims began suing the Archdiocese of Santa Fe nearly three decades ago.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, city officials are considering walking back a 2016 move to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and potbellied pigs, amid concerns it hurts businesses that do not obtain animals from so-called “puppy mills.”
With evacuation orders in Northern California being lifted, a small army of insurance adjusters and crews certified to haul hazardous materials will start assessing property losses. In an effort to expedite reconstruction, local community leaders are calling on county officials and state and federal regulatory agencies to relax building permit requirements and environmental rules such as a mandatory 10-day notice before removing debris laden with asbestos.
Under the agreement, Alaska tribes initially will be allowed to take on small, specific roles such as finding relatives of Native children or supervising visits with children. Eventually some tribes will take on most if not all child welfare duties, including investigations of reports of child abuse and neglect, foster care, working with troubled parents, and adoptions.
Submitted by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the approved change eliminates a provision of the rules that stipulates “sex change operations shall be non-covered.”
The jury duty exemptions for all Maine professionals, such as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, sheriffs, judges and lawyers, except for the governor and active duty members of the military, will end Nov. 1. The state law exempting these professionals has been in place since 1985.
The Massachusetts Health Connector and Division of Insurance announced the state is moving forward with higher rates after President Donald Trump’s decision to end certain federal insurance subsidies.
Aurora, one of Colorado’s largest cities, launched a bike-share permit program in October that has already attracted two companies, and the city is open to adding other providers. Aurora sought interest from bike-share companies with dockless programs instead of focusing on a traditional, docked program.
Between January and June of this year, Uber spent $1.8 million on lobbying, making it the top spender on lobbyists and lobbying expenses in New York state. The ride-hailing company had been advocating to allow ride-hailing apps to operate outside of New York City, which in April was enacted in the state budget.
Without any debate, the Michigan state Senate passed a measure to eliminate the fees and forgive millions of dollars owed by Michiganders. But newer debts that are less than 6 years old would not be forgiven.