Massachusetts is one of eight states where silencers — or suppressors, as they’re known in the industry — are banned for civilian use. The Legislature’s public safety and homeland security committee is scheduled to discuss bills that would end the ban.
Even if the route receives the green light from Nebraska, it could be months before construction begins because of promised lawsuits and uncertainty over the economic viability of the $8 billion project.
Until now, the California Senate Rules Committee has handled all human resources issues, similar to the process used by the state Assembly. High-ranking staffers in both houses oversee those efforts, though lawmakers are the ultimate judges of both improper behavior and the appropriate discipline.
The proposed agreement that Democratic Gov. David Ige’s administration has been negotiating with Airbnb to collect taxes on vacation rentals would not allow Hawaii to disclose rental property owners’ names or rental locations to the city for enforcement purposes, according to an Airbnb representative.
Opponents warned that full legalization in New Hampshire could add to the opioid crisis by encouraging drug use and put the state in direct conflict with federal law, which continues to classify marijuana as a prohibited drug.
The District of Columbia plans to help up to 2,000 green-card holders who work for the D.C. government and their family members apply for U.S. citizenship, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, a Democrat, said. The city is joining with the National Immigration Forum to provide information sessions, legal help, assistance finding language classes and coaching for the citizenship test. D.C. is the eighth city to participate in the program, joining Los Angeles, Houston, Miami and others.
A judge has refused a request by South Carolina House Republicans to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a coalition of news outlets challenging the party's caucus contention it has a constitutional right to ban public access to its meetings and records.
Texas prisons are shedding officers with a staggering 28 percent turnover rate in the last fiscal year, a "mass exodus" that some experts say stems from a strengthening economy and recovering oil and gas sector.
A bipartisan group of legislators expressed concern over a new law that will reduce coverage for thousands of new Medicaid beneficiaries in Iowa.
Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Financing Authority voted to approve borrowing up to $1.5 billion against future revenues from the 1998 multi-state tobacco settlement to cover a deficit from the 2016-17 fiscal year. The borrowing means that a significant portion of Pennsylvania's annual payment could be diverted from the health and research programs it has traditionally supported.
The state Economic Development Authority approved a 10-year, $31 million tax enticement to the Mars candy company that would bring 483 jobs to Newark, including 113 new jobs for New Jersey. The candy maker is planning to expand in either New Jersey or Illinois, where it already operates regional facilities.
In a special session to solve a $227 million budget gap, Republican lawmakers proposed furloughs for state employees, cuts to health insurance subsidies, a halt to new gender designation on birth certificates, and setting up the state to accept a $30 million bailout from Montana's only private prison. The proposals contrast with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's plans to solve the crisis with temporary tax increases and budget cuts.