An outside investigation into sexual harassment and bullying within the office of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic caucus found that people across the Capitol repeatedly have been subjected to sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.
A new Texas law, effective Sept. 1, is designed to keep cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco products out of public schools by creating more “social distance” between younger students and students old enough to purchase them. Nearly 12% of Texas high school students smoke cigarettes and 19% use e-cigarettes.
From one courthouse to the next, Massachusetts clerk magistrates and assistant clerks continue to differ widely in how they handle requests for criminal charges reviewed during confidential hearings, according to new court data provided to the Boston Globe.
Pro-choice advocates including abortion providers asked a federal judge to strike down and permanently block an Ohio measure known as the “heartbeat bill,” which effectively bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed the law in April.
Depending on your point of view, they are either miracles of modern marketing or a heinous eyesore on New York City’s waterways. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation to outlaw the ads that “blight our shores.” But you may not have seen the last of them.
Business interests, associations, nonprofits and other groups spent more than $36.4 million on lobbyists in fiscal 2019 to influence Colorado lawmakers and government agencies. The total is up 9% from the $33.4 million spent the year before, and 22% higher than spending in 2015.
Hoping to fend off the extinction of mountain lions and other species that require room to roam, transportation officials and conservationists will build a mostly privately funded wildlife crossing over a major Southern California highway. It will give big cats, coyotes, deer and other creatures a safe route to open space.
Malheur County officials have asked Sheriff Brian Wolfe to assess whether the Oregon newspaper Malheur Enterprise has engaged in criminal conduct in its reporting. The calls come after investigative reports about county economic development projects.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state’s attorney general, both Republicans, are setting aside $1.5 million to create a first-of-its-kind legal services clinic for military veterans throughout the state.
The head of Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights, who has been under fire for insensitive comments about women, is taking a leave of absence. His comments have led Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to call on him to resign or for officials to fire him.
North Carolina legislators voted to approve a bill requiring sheriffs to hold prisoners beyond normal release times for deportation investigations. However, the legislature does not have enough votes to override a likely veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson vowed an “aggressive legal response” to defend a law designed to encourage giant farming operations to invest in Missouri. A judge temporarily blocked the law, which will ban counties from enacting regulations stricter than state rules.
This fall, more American students than ever will start their first day of school learning in a language other than English. An official from the American Councils for International Education said there has been an explosion of dual-language immersion programs, including in Spanish, Russian and Mandarin Chinese.