California set two renewable energy records last week: the most solar power ever flowing on the state’s main electric grid, and the most solar power ever taken offline because it wasn’t needed.
The North Carolina House failed to block Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 359, which would have brought new penalties for medical professionals who allow abortion survivors to die. It was the first time the Republican-majority legislature upheld a veto by Cooper.
Republican Gov. Kay Ivey is still reviewing a bill the Alabama legislature passed that would require sex offenders whose victims are children to undergo a “chemical castration treatment” as a condition of parole.
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to ship what has long been considered some of the world’s most deadly nuclear waste from South Carolina to burial grounds in the western United States. Cold War weapons production sites in Washington and Idaho could also benefit from the plan.
The sponsor of this year’s bill which allowed classroom teachers in Florida to carry guns said it’s possible armed teachers could similarly be on the hook, legally, if they don’t do everything required of them to keep kids safe during a shooting.
The New Hampshire House and Senate have now both passed bills raising the minimum wage, currently at the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, to $10 in 2021 and $12 in 2022. Differences between the two bills will have to be resolved before a final version gets to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who has said he believes minimum wage policies are a federal and not a state issue.
In a forceful call for "structural change," Kentucky’s education commissioner said he wants lawmakers to clear the way for performance-based pay — a controversial education reform strategy that would reward effective teachers with more money.
When Louisianans go to the polls in November 2020 to vote for president, they will also be faced with a ballot measure asking them to decide whether to enshrine anti-abortion language in the state constitution. The amendment would become relevant if the landmark U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision Roe v. Wade is overturned.
The Connecticut Senate approved a two-year, $43 billion budget with Democrats hailing the plan as fiscally prudent and Republicans blasting the package as a bad deal with too many tax increases. Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, is expected to approve it. The budget includes new taxes, a plastic bag ban and debt-free community college.
Less than a month before New Jersey’s embattled corporate tax incentive program expires, Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, pushed his plan for a complete revamp he said won’t just enrich large companies — as critics have charged — but boost startups and rebuild communities.
State agencies are concentrating on developing a mandatory standard to boost the number of electric vehicles in Colorado after talks ended with auto manufacturers about a possible voluntary approach. Auto manufacturing trade groups proposed a voluntary approach as state agencies started taking steps to adopt a statewide mandate.
Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, rolled out a $239 million bond package that would, among other things, invest in broadband internet and renewable energy, replace aging roads and bridges and rebuild the Land for Maine’s Future program.
Some gun rights groups want Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a line item in the Texas budget that puts $1 million toward a public safety campaign on gun storage. But one powerful bloc isn't actively opposing the measure: The National Rifle Association.