As of July 18, Texas’ 35 state-licensed shelters had permission to accommodate up to 6,286 children. With 4,937 kids living in them, that means they’re at 78% capacity.
Georgia has finalized a plan to spend the public’s money on subsidies for high-speed internet lines, laying the foundation for broadband expansion in rural areas. Whether it will work remains to be seen.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources asked 125 municipal wastewater treatment systems to begin investigating for the presence of a group of chemical contaminants that pose health hazards to humans. The facilities would sample and analyze water flowing in and out of their treatment systems for perfluorinated compounds, commonly known as PFAS, according to the DNR.
New guidelines from the Kansas Department for Children and Families that direct child placement agencies to place LGBTQ youths in homes that respect the children’s gender identities. The guidelines, issued under the administration of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, clash with legislation passed in 2018 that allows child placement agencies to refuse service to gay couples because of firmly held religious beliefs.
Despite a wet July, Washington is preparing for a busy late summer, and perhaps early fall wildfire season. As a result, the state is training additional prison inmates to potentially respond to wildfires. To qualify, an inmate must have less than four years remaining on their sentence.
Taking "the Regents," one of the oldest academic exam systems in the country, has been a rite of passage for high school students in New York for generations. That may soon change as the state Board of Regents considers scrapping the high school Regents exam requirement as part of an effort to improve the state's graduation rates and better define the significance of a New York high school diploma.
Twelve consecutive years in office would be the new maximum for state lawmakers under a proposed ballot initiative planned by the United Utah Party. The party pitches itself as a centrist alternative to the state’s Republican and Democratic organizations.
Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's bill to provide pension relief to regional universities, health departments and other "quasi-governmental agencies" passed a crucial test when the House approved the plan 52-46. It now goes to the Senate.
The Minnesota working group is part of an effort to help officers and lawmakers grapple with a spate of fatal encounters sparking community protests, lawsuits, and a re-examination of law enforcement practices nationwide. The 16-person group will convene three public hearings to generate a report recommending policy changes by February 2020, when the Minnesota legislature convenes.
Massachusetts legislators reached a compromise that gives the administration of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker more power to require pharmaceutical companies to negotiate discounts for particularly expensive drugs. It also allows the administration to set a proposed value for a drug, and to hold a public hearing about that value.
Backers of a proposed citizen-initiated law to require background checks for most gun sales in Ohio have gotten the green light to start collecting petition signatures to, ultimately, place the measure on the statewide ballot.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has removed the head of the state’s Public Education Department while expressing dissatisfaction with efforts to implement sweeping education reforms.