Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.
A class-action lawsuit accuses New Mexico's Taxation and Revenue Department of illegally denying driver’s authorization and other ID cards to residents who can’t or don’t want to provide the more onerous documents required for a full driver’s license. The cards are an alternative to the federally mandated "real ID" licenses required for air travel and other purposes.
Tennessee lawmakers raked in more extra pay last year — on top of their legislative salaries, than in the last five years. Lawmakers received $2.4 million in taxpayer money for expenses like mileage and office work, state records show. That’s $370,000 more than last year, a 17 percent increase. The money is on top of the roughly $22,000 salary most lawmakers receive for their work.
There are a few signs of progress a week into the three-week period established by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for lawmakers to produce a replacement congressional district map. Senate Republican leaders introduced legislation to replace the 18-district map ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last week, but they say a lack of guidance from the justices is a problem.
About 870,000 guns were sold in California during 2017, down by 450,000, or 35 percent, from 2016, according to a Sacramento Bee review of new FBI instant background check data. In 2016, gun buyers raced to buy rifles equipped with “bullet buttons.” Those rifles, which are easier to reload, were banned at the start of 2017.
The Iowa House of Representatives is set to consider a bill that would allow those convicted of first degree murder to be put to death by lethal injection, potentially reversing a half-century-old ban on capital punishment in the state.
Virginia House Speaker M. Kirkland Cox signaled that Republicans would be willing to go forward with some kind of Medicaid expansion if Democrats support a work requirement for recipients. In a letter to the governor, he indicated that he would consider providing health care “coverage to more Virginians” under certain conditions.
Tens of thousands of people have turned to the government for health care and food amid Alaska's recession, prompting questions from state lawmakers about the sustainability of those safety-net programs. The state projects 240,000 people to be enrolled in the Medicaid health-care program next year, up from 163,000 in 2015.
A bill to put new requirements on unlicensed day cares in Alabama would require any facility receiving state or federal funds; operates for a profit or has a child who qualifies for a subsidy to get licensed. Unlicensed day cares would also be subject to new oversight. State law exempts day care programs considered an “integral part of a local church ministry or a religious nonprofit” from licensing requirements.
A leading Republican lawmaker has filed a bill to stop Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration’s attempt to eliminate liquor license quotas, a move critics say would bring a glut of bars and liquor stores in rural Kentucky.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, ordered his state to rejoin a regional carbon trading program that his Republican predecessor, Chris Christie, had pulled out of in 2012. The program requires power plants in participating states to buy permits for the carbon dioxide they emit. State officials often use revenue from these permit auctions for energy-efficiency programs.
A drugmaker will pay Mississippi $33.4 million in a lawsuit over drug pricing. Watson Pharmaceuticals, now part of Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals, will make the payment after the state Supreme Court upheld a verdict in a suit claiming drugmakers wrongly inflated prices paid by the state-federal Medicaid health insurance program. Mississippi's Medicaid agency will get $8 million of the settlement.
A national association of probation and parole officers has come to the aid of a group of Louisiana felons challenging a four-decade-old state law that prohibits felons on probation and parole from voting. State District Judge Tim Kelley reluctantly upheld the 1976 law last year, saying he agreed with the plaintiffs but could not bend the law.