Tens of thousands of California child care providers gained new rights to bargain for better wages and health benefits under a new law Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed.
Minnesota state election officials have warned that more foreign sources are likely to try to penetrate states' election systems than in 2016, adding that there are already signs of widespread online disinformation campaigns underway.
In Denver, Colorado, a year-old city law requires that landlords accept Section 8 vouchers. And it’s likely to be a contentious issue at the statehouse this year as Democrats push for a similar requirement for the entire state.
Ohio voters whose registrations were canceled in September overwhelmingly were purged from the rolls of eligible electors because they didn’t cast ballots in the last six years.
Businesses in Portland, Oregon, will not be allowed to give single-use plastic items — including plastic straws, stirrers, utensils and individually packaged condiments — unless customers ask for them.
Under a newly effective law, Florida drivers must put down cell phones in school zones, school crossings and construction zones. Warnings will be issued until January, when fines of $60 take effect.
A central Mississippi sheriff’s department would adopt an “unbiased policing policy” and set new rules about traffic checkpoints and encounters with pedestrians, under a proposed agreement in a racial profiling lawsuit.
Planes are spraying mosquitoes in three Michigan counties in an attempt to control the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, which has spread to nine people in southwestern Michigan and claimed three lives.
Health authorities in Utah are investigating 10 more cases of vaping-related lung illness that surfaced over the past week and the total number of documented cases shot from 47 to 71.
What’s more, once they recover, some Alabama inmates are quickly rearrested and booked back into the jail from which they were released.
Iowa officials approved nearly half a million dollars more to cover attorney fees for former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s continued fight against a jury verdict that found he discriminated against a gay former state executive, bringing the total to more than $2.4 million.
Oklahoma’s public decency and public nudity laws are still in effect, as are city and county rules limiting nudity, despite a federal court ruling that struck down a Colorado city's ban on women going topless in public, Attorney General Mike Hunter said.