A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator, who also was registered as a Chicago lobbyist, has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. Most states allow lawmakers to lobby outside state government, and 18 states have no restrictions on such lobbying.
California became the first state in the nation last year to require solar panels on newly built homes, but it’s starting to look like the mandate wasn’t quite a mandate. The California Energy Commission also gave home builders the option of supplying solar power from an off-site facility, and now the commission is poised to approve the first off-site solar program for new housing.
In separate but parallel lawsuits, civil rights and legal groups are challenging Florida’s use of solitary confinement in prisons and juvenile detention centers, but they are facing pushback from state agencies.
President Donald Trump cannot sue the New York state attorney general or the state tax commissioner as part of his lawsuit to block congressional Democrats from obtaining copies of his state tax returns, a federal judge ruled.
Presidents of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United have formed the Georgia Professional Sports Integrity Alliance and sent a letter to state lawmakers asking them to legalize online and mobile sports betting.
Educators at public schools in Little Rock are planning a one-day strike because they want the Arkansas Board of Education to return the district to full local control. In 2015, the state board removed the elected school board and placed the superintendent under state authority.
Every week, dozens of inmates eligible for parole in Nevada remain incarcerated months longer than they should be because of housing issues with their release plan, according to a recent audit of mental health services in the state’s prison system. Those delays were estimated to cost the state $1.6 million a year.
The mayors and town administrators of more than a dozen Rhode Island communities are filing a legal challenge to the recently passed state law extending public employee union contracts indefinitely after they expire.
Citizen scientists are tracking the bleaching of coral in Hawaii caused by warm ocean temperatures. As much as half of live coral bleached in the most heavily affected areas of the state, officials said.
Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' aides won't release a day's worth of the governor's emails, saying the request is too burdensome, even though Evers himself said the public should see them and that he rarely sends email.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has sued the board that regulates Colorado’s pharmacies, demanding it share information from a database that tracks opioid prescriptions and setting up a clash over patient privacy amid the nation’s overdose epidemic.
An Oregon agency wants to reunite veterans or their heirs with military medals now in state custody. The Oregon Department of State Lands is reminding people that they can look up medals or other unclaimed property online and possibly claim them.