A new law that dictates which California workers must receive full employment benefits takes effect Jan. 1, but the latest battle over it is playing out in courts. On one side are groups seeking to roll back the law, arguing it will interfere with their ability to earn a living as independent contractors. On the other side are advocates who wrote the law to provide more security for gig workers.
Despite federal court decisions making it clear that state and local officials have no authority to arrest or detain people for immigration purposes, the practice has continued in some areas of Washington. More than six months after a new law went into effect, the legislation is making an uneven impact on jail operations.
A Pennsylvania county is being told it would lose out on millions of dollars in aid and almost certainly be sued by the state if it refuses to buy new voting machines before Dec. 31, county officials said.
Long lines, heavy demand, temporary shortages and purchase limits highlighted the first week of recreational marijuana sales in Michigan when a handful of licensed businesses rang up $1.63 million in sales. That translates to nearly $270,414 in tax revenue for Michigan.
Starting in January, New Hampshire state employees will be able to take part in a program that will allow them to take their infant children to work, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said in an executive order. The program will be based on programs in several other states, including Arizona, Vermont and Washington.
A biennial state survey of Idaho youth shows fewer teens say they are being bullied, smoking cigarettes or having sex, but the number of kids who have seriously considered suicide remains at a 10-year high. Nearly 40% of students reported they feel sad or hopeless, while about 22% of students reported that they had seriously considered suicide.
The Vermont state auditor says a whistleblower’s claims that OneCare Vermont misled regulators are a “big deal” and should be investigated. A False Claims Act case filed with the U.S. Attorney’s office alleges that OneCare, a private company, claimed systems for analyzing patient information were reliable, even though they were aware that the data had serious deficiencies.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget proposal will include a $22 million investment to boost health care access and support for new moms and babies, as well as to reduce the racial disparity in the state’s maternal mortality rate.
A bill that would allow immigrants living in the country illegally to obtain New Jersey driver’s licenses is quickly advancing through the legislature during the lame duck session. It cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a 4-2 vote along party lines. It heads to the Assembly floor with the backing of top Democrats and support of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit the Arizona attorney general filed earlier this year against the family behind opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma. Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, said he was disappointed the state cannot take its claims directly to the Supreme Court but said he respected the justices' decision.
When it comes to marijuana testing labs in Nevada, results may vary — wildly — according to an analysis of state data conducted by a Washington-based scientist. In one case, a marijuana testing lab did not fail a single product that it screened in 14 of the 17 months analyzed.
New Ohio Senate legislation would prohibit health insurers from requiring “fail first” provisions, under which patients must first try their insurers’ preferred — and often generic, older and less effective — alternative drugs prior to receiving coverage for the therapy prescribed by their doctor.
The secret balloting process the Louisiana Senate intends to use next month would hide members’ votes for Senate president and is unconstitutional and should be repealed, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana said in a new commentary. The Baton Rouge government policy research group argues the secret process violates the state Constitution and Louisiana’s open meetings law.