The mass shooting in Dayton has led to renewed calls for gun restrictions in Ohio. Even Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, who campaigned as a staunch Second Amendment supporter, unveiled a package of gun control proposals, including background checks for gun sales and “red flag” legislation that would take guns away from dangerous people.
California blocked more than a hundred felons and other prohibited persons from buying ammunition in the past month using a new law requiring background checks. Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra reported the numbers to a federal judge in arguing against an injunction sought by gun groups to block the new law.
The Louisiana Department of Health has suspended a feature of its new eligibility system that automatically kicked people off the Medicaid rolls if they did not respond to requests for annual renewal information. The move will keep 75,000 people from losing coverage.
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan met with state and federal law enforcement to discuss threats posed by white supremacists. Maryland must counter "the evil of white supremacists and racially motivated violent extremists," he said.
The Montana commissioner of political practices has rejected a complaint filed by Republicans saying that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock used state resources during travel on his campaign for president. Bullock has agreed to reimburse a state protection detail for political trips.
Alabama’s law on absentee voting has changed in several ways, including a new requirement to provide a copy of a photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot. The law also allows absentee voting for caretakers away from home and prisoners whose offenses were minor.
Nearly four months after Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a law allowing companies to grow and sell medical marijuana, he and other top politicians still haven’t appointed members to the commission that will hash out the rules for dispensing the drug.
Days after federal authorities released an indictment of an Illinois state senator for allegedly embezzling almost $275,000 in salary and benefits from the Teamsters union, the Democrat is out as chairman of the Senate Labor Committee.
Arkansas should have harsher penalties for those who commit crimes against others because of their race, ethnicity or religion, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, adding that he would support taking guns away from dangerous people. Arkansas is one of only four states without a hate-crime law.
Most of Oklahoma's top lawmakers said gun control was not a relevant issue, despite renewed calls from many citizens that state and federal law be changed to restrict some access to firearms.
Students in Delaware soon will be able to ride a bus with passes paid for by their schools. Democratic Gov. John Carney is set to sign the bill which will allow district and charter schools to buy and provide annual passes.
New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, a Democrat, called for a special session that would focus on combating potential domestic terrorism, such as creating a new counter-terrorism unit within the state Department of Public Safety and increasing funding for law enforcement.