The Trump administration has again approved new rules for some of Kentucky’s Medicaid population, requiring them to either get a job, volunteer in the community or go to school to keep their government-funded health coverage.
Controversial purges of Ohio voter rolls will resume after a directive from Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, likely meaning that tens of thousands of inactive voters will become ineligible to cast a ballot.
Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds raised the possibility of automatically restoring voting rights to felons, a move that could affect at least 52,000 disenfranchised Iowans.
Oregon’s attorney general said the rate of recidivism among defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity is “too high,” and key lawmakers said they plan to rewrite the state’s laws after an analysis by the Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica.
A new California law eliminating the payment of money as a condition of release from jail is expected to decimate the earnings of bounty hunters, surety companies and about 3,200 registered bail agents in the state. A coalition of bail bond industry groups has submitted more than enough signatures required for a statewide referendum to overturn the law in 2020.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott‘s proposal appears far more conservative than two plans the Texas legislature rejected last year that would have capped city and county property tax growth at 4 or 6 percent a year. Rather than meet in the middle, Abbott is proposing a 2.5 percent cap, roping in school taxing districts and making it more difficult for voters to circumvent the caps.
Connecticut’s congressional delegation is at odds with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration over its failure to apply for an expansion of the HUSKY program that would give low-income residents access to new telemedicine services, especially for psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment.
Vermont is one of 49 states to pass compassionate release legislation, which is a special dispensation for inmates suffering from terminal or serious illnesses to die outside prison. But while prison officials are supposed to initiate consideration of medical release when an inmate presents severe health issues, those providing inmate health care have sometimes failed to recognize terminal illnesses.
The proposed increase would peg lawmakers' salaries to the average of neighboring states, boosting Montana lawmakers' pay by 69 percent, from $92 a day to $156 a day while in session.
Idaho workers take home about $11,000 less a year than the average American, even when the state’s low cost of living is factored in.
New Jersey multi-dealer used-car malls remain plagued by "unscrupulous activity," the State Commission of Investigation said in a new report. Dealers at auto malls throughout the state engage in activity ranging from selling dangerous salvaged vehicles to "renting" dealer license credentials on the black market, according to the commission's follow-up report to a similar one three years ago.
The courts may decide the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's absentee ballot deadline, but state legislative leaders are grappling with the idea of changing it through legislation.
Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker proposed the first new state law in response to the Sept. 13 Merrimack Valley gas explosions. It would mandate that certified professional engineers be required to sign off on all serious natural gas work, one of the urgent recommendations made by federal regulators investigating the disaster that rocked Lawrence, North Andover and Andover.