With just days remaining in most of the country to buy Affordable Care Act coverage for 2018, enrollment is ahead of the same time last year but is almost sure to fall short in the end because of a compressed enrollment season.
An investigation by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune shows that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cut unfair real estate deals, secretly waived legal safeguards for property owners, and ultimately abused the government’s extraordinary power to take land from private citizens in Texas and other border states.
If the Federal Communications Commission changes national net neutrality rules, internet service providers that restrict access, block content or charge varying rates to different customers could find themselves facing sanctions from Washington state, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said.
To help lay the groundwork for the 2045 goal, Hawaii’s mayors will work with private partners to develop the infrastructure necessary to accommodate new types of fuel including electricity, hydrogen and renewable diesel. The mayors also committed to using only renewable energy to power government vehicles by 2035.
Since Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, announced her Computer Science for Rhode Island initiative in March 2016, she has frequently touted her goal that every public school student in Rhode Island will be taught computer science. But a vast swath of high schools don't even offer computer science classes. It's taught at just a few middle schools and not at all in elementary schools.
Thanks in part to increased oil prices, Alaska expects to earn $2.1 billion in unrestricted general fund revenue in the current budget year, up by $247 million from a preliminary report issued just weeks ago. Unexpected production tax payments made after the preliminary report was issued and an adjustment to mineral royalties being deposited into the general fund also contributed to the increase.
A Washington, D.C., Council committee gave unanimous approval to a bill creating a program to provide qualified candidates with taxpayer funds to run their campaigns. These candidates would have to swear off any contributions from large donors, corporations and political action committees.
New York is barring insurance companies from charging more for drivers based on their occupation or level of education, under rules announced by the state Department of Financial Services. A multi-year investigation found some insurance companies have been using such factors as whether a person lacks a college degree or works in a low-paying job to charge more for auto insurance, officials said.
A law quietly slipped in October’s state budget allows Pennsylvania residents to enjoy what only out-of-state-residents could previously — aerial fireworks.
An Arizona lawmaker wants to make it cheaper and easier for music fans to see concerts by stopping bots from scooping up hundreds of tickets that are resold on sites like StubHub.
El Paso County commissioners have voted to amend the land use code to permit tiny houses wherever mobile homes are allowed — agricultural zoning districts, on some residential lots and in recreational vehicle parks. The Colorado county’s change will also let residents live in the homes permanently.
Nevada is awarding $2.7 million to Las Vegas police to continue to pay for testing a backlog of thousands of sexual assault evidence kits, including some that went untested for up to 30 years.
The Virginia Code has long made it a misdemeanor to “profanely swear or curse” in public, and any transgression can result in a $250 fine. But when state delegates and senators gather in Richmond in January for Virginia’s annual legislative session, one Republican delegate will try to change that.