This was updated on Nov. 8 to reflect the Wisconsin Assembly upheld three vetoes and not two.
A bill that would have essentially doubled Wyoming's excise tax on alcohol to provide more funding for substance use treatment programs was rejected by lawmakers during a committee meeting. It would have brought in more than $2 million annually to the state for mental health and substance use programs.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, is asking state agencies to reduce their budgets, with the exception of K-12 public schools. Little asked directors to pare 1% out of their current year’s budgets and identify another 2% base reduction from their budgets for the coming year.
Lawmakers released draft legislation for a major overhaul of Utah’s tax code. The bill would cut Utah’s income tax rate from 4.95% to 4.58% while significantly expanding the per-child tax credit, increasing the sales tax on groceries, and creating a new earned income tax credit and grocery tax credit.
The Wisconsin Assembly narrowly upheld three of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' budget vetoes, preventing $15 million from going to a new mental health center both parties say they want. Republicans who control the Assembly are taking a swing at overriding a third veto as well.
Voters in New Mexico’s last two Prohibition-era holdout counties overwhelmingly approved ballot measures allowing the sale and consumption of alcohol. Supporters said the change could spur more restaurants and other businesses.
The wireless industry wants a clear path to install the box-like equipment on streetlights and utility poles in Maryland and wants statewide legislation. But local governments want to control the location of the equipment, which delivers cellular signals faster than traditional cell phone towers, and what it looks like.
Georgia students taking certain advanced classes in high school will take fewer state tests under a new state policy. The state Board of Education voted to stop requiring students who take certain Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses to take state end-of-course exams in the same subject.
The bail law that passed earlier this year is expected to lessen the number of people held in jail in New York while awaiting trial. It eliminates pre-trial detention and money bail for the wide majority of misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases.
A new report finds that over the next 20 years, the road maintenance related to studded tire use will cost Alaska way more than what it takes in from fees drivers pay to use them. The research was requested by the state and conducted by the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering.
Tensions between the Rhode Island Democratic Party and its Women’s Caucus have escalated again, this time over a move by party leaders to ban the caucus from raising its own money and endorsing an independent slate of candidates.
In Delaware, lawmakers work in Legislative Hall six months out of the year, which allows most to have more than one job. But some who work non-flexible hours in a separate career find it difficult.
With a measure to limit certain vehicle fees, called car-tab fees, to $30 leading in the polls, Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the state's Department of Transportation to postpone all upcoming projects not yet underway. The new measure is expected to slash billions in transportation funding from the state's budget in coming years.