New York state lawmakers are poised to pass a series of sweeping criminal justice changes this week — including requiring state troopers to wear body cameras and repealing a 44-year-old statute blocking public access to police officers' disciplinary records.
Portland Police Chief Jami Resch stepped down and announced that she had asked Chuck Lovell, an African American lieutenant, to lead the Oregon city's force. The stunning change in leadership comes as city police are under fire for their handling of massive demonstrations across the city.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is proposing restricting chokeholds across every law enforcement agency in the state, creating an independent state body to investigate police killings and creating a binding obligation for law enforcement to report misconduct by fellow officers.
Two high-ranking Democratic U.S. senators called for a federal investigation into Florida's dysfunctional unemployment benefits system. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who himself called for a state investigation last month, dismissed it as a political attack.
For the first time, a court has ruled against Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a legal battle over the lawfulness of one of her now 115 executive orders issued since the coronavirus pandemic began.
After more than a week of protests against police brutality and racial injustice, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced several actions aimed at reducing racial inequality in Kentucky.
Public school teachers and staff across Massachusetts are bracing for the most extensive school layoffs the state has seen in years as districts begin handing out pink slips to reduce costs in the face of possible deep budget cuts.
Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced that he is ordering an independent, third-party review of Connecticut’s preparation and response to the pandemic in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Democrats took control of the Pennsylvania House and refused to allow a voting session to begin, imploring Republican leadership to support a special session to consider 19 bills to change police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and widespread protests.
Two months after issuing an executive order that all out-of-state visitors must quarantine for 14 days or face a misdemeanor charge, Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills relaxed restrictions on tourists meant to stop the pandemic spread.
The number of confirmed cases in Arkansas increased by nearly 30% in the past week. Twenty-one deaths were reported over that span.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp announced Georgia tax collections were down 10.1% in May, the second consecutive month of major decline from the coronavirus recession.
Low-income families in Louisiana have another week to apply for a program to provide healthy meals for children who lost access to school meals during the coronavirus pandemic, the state education department said.
The Mississippi health department’s report of 498 new COVID-19 cases easily set a single-day record. The previous single-day mark for new cases in the state was 439 on May 30.
Most of Indiana’s casinos can reopen their doors as soon as next week under coronavirus safety plans they have submitted to state officials. The 13 state-regulated casinos have been closed since mid-March.
Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced a new coronavirus testing program that will assess up to 900 people a day who are not showing symptoms but may work or reside in close-contact environments.
Evictions in Virginia have been banned through late June in response to the coronavirus pandemic and in preparation for an initiative set to be released by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.
Even as North Carolina’s rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and people hospitalized by the virus are concerning to state officials, Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said the state has finalized health guidelines needed to reopen the state’s public schools later this year.
Following a week of record-breaking coronavirus case counts, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control identified 542 more people infected with the virus, a new single-day high in reported cases, the third time in four days that the state has broken that record.
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services confirmed the first death of a corrections officer related to complications brought on by COVID-19. The department described her as a “well-respected 20-year veteran correctional officer” in her 60s.
Democratic lawmakers want to tap into hundreds of millions of dollars by eliminating tax breaks that disproportionately help Colorado’s wealthy. The bill is intended to help a state budget that, thanks to coronavirus-related economic wreckage, needs every penny it can find.
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, a Democrat, said that if the U.S. Department of Justice doesn’t extend his office the power to investigate alleged misconduct by local police departments that he would request the state legislature intervene to give his office that power.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy defended his decision to take part in two Black Lives Matter events over the weekend in New Jersey that defied his own order against public gatherings limited to 25 people and guidelines for social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
An estimated 20 road construction projects across Missouri are on hold after GOP Gov. Mike Parson slashed state spending last week because of the coronavirus.
The statistics suggest a shift away from employer-based health insurance and toward Medicaid benefits for residents living in poverty or on the cusp, as unemployment swells.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, requested that participants in Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend consider self-isolating a few days in order to protect others from possibly getting the new coronavirus.