A handful of bills are currently working their way through the Wisconsin legislature that would stiffen the penalties for drinking and driving. Among them is a proposal to criminalize a first OWI, which is currently treated as a traffic violation, making it punishable with a $500 fine, 30 days in jail or both.
Republicans in the Senate returned to the Oregon Capitol after a multiday walkout to vote on an education tax proposal after Democrats agreed to drop a vaccine proposal among other possible concessions.
Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislature created the Immigration Enforcement Review Board eight years ago to hold local and state officials accountable, complaining the federal government had failed to secure the nation’s borders. Now the state is disbanding the panel.
New York’s upstate cities opened their doors to refugees, giving new life to neighborhoods, helping alleviate labor shortages and shoring up city budgets. But that rejuvenating bounce ended after the Trump administration drastically cut the number of refugees allowed into the country.
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill that sets aside $100 for all Colorado children born or adopted between 2020 and 2040. The amount is adjusted for inflation, so it may be more than $100 in future years.
The head of Louisiana’s House Republican Caucus is pushing to roll back part of the state sales tax that lawmakers implemented last year in a deal to shore up the state’s budget. But Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards argues the tax break would threaten the state’s newfound fiscal stability.
A state measure would require California cities and counties to permit duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes on much of the residential land now zoned for only one house.
After Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant balked at a Medicaid proposal he requested last fall, the state hospital association reformulated the plan that could insure hundreds of thousands more Mississippians.
A pair of failed bills from the 2019 general session intended to improve the integrity of Wyoming elections will be getting a second look from state lawmakers. One bill would require photo identification at the polls, the other would limit the practice of crossover voting in the state’s primary elections.
Responding to concerns about stress and suicides among corrections officers, the Michigan Department of Corrections has appointed an employee wellness program manager.
The Vermont measure would remove a six-year statute of limitations currently in place for civil suits. It aims to help victims who often take years to come forward against their abusers.
Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal to revamp Nevada’s decades-old funding formula for K-12 schools, a phased-in plan aimed at changing how existing money is distributed to the state’s 17 districts without cutting funding to any of them.