Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed legislation that will enhance penalties for committing crimes during protests. The new law also will allow people to sue local governments for property damage.
One of the Colorado bills requires people to secure their firearms when they’re not in use or face a Class 2 misdemeanor charge. The other mandates that lost or stolen firearms be reported to authorities within five days; violators would face a civil infraction.
The Republican-dominated Idaho Senate failed to override GOP Gov. Brad Little’s veto of a measure seeking to curb a governor’s power to respond to emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 23-12, failing by one vote to get the two-thirds threshold needed.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed a landmark New Jersey criminal justice bill that would end mandatory minimum sentences for certain nonviolent crimes after a controversial amendment was added to it. But Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, a Democrat, immediately issued a directive that would end many of the mandatory minimum sentences.
The New York state attorney general has opened an investigation into Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s use of state resources as he wrote and promoted his recent pandemic memoir. The investigation followed disclosures that junior staff members and senior aides worked on Cuomo’s book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars will go far in helping California and the Biden administration meet their aggressive climate goals—but not far enough. As time runs short, scientists and government officials say the moment to break out the giant vacuums has arrived.
Two racially insensitive incidents at the Oklahoma state Capitol have ignited a conversation about whether state lawmakers should undergo racial sensitivity training. House Democrats want Republican House leaders to implement diversity and inclusion training for state lawmakers.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy had previously told state Sen. Lora Reinbold, a fellow Republican, that he was tired of her misinformation on the pandemic and would no longer respond to her as committee chair. She was removed by a near-unanimous vote.
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order forbidding state and local governments in Arizona from requiring vaccine passports to access services or facilities. Ducey's directive allows schools, health care facilities and businesses to keep collecting documentation of vaccination.
Connecticut will lift all COVID-19 restrictions except for its mask mandate on May 19, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced. The state plans to move forward in two stages, both contingent on declining coronavirus metrics and rising vaccination rates.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice lifted a limit on the number of people who can gather for social events and tweaked the state’s face-covering mandate to allow people exercising indoors to go maskless. The Republican governor had already lifted most other restrictions on businesses and public life, leaving in place an indoor mask mandate.
Hawaii residents traveling between the state’s islands may be the first users of a vaccine passport program that is expected to roll out in the next several weeks. Under the proposed policy, inoculated residents would be able to skip the currently required test and quarantine.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, has allowed a COVID-19 aid package including funding for infrastructure projects, struggling businesses and the state’s mental health system to become law without his signature.
The push to steel Texas against new federal rules comes as gun violence nationwide has sparked calls for an assault weapons ban and stronger background checks. Legal experts say the move is largely symbolic.
Under a plan to relocate a dozen state agencies announced by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, about 3,300 Maryland state workers will relocate to leased office space in downtown Baltimore. Hogan framed the move as “a shot in the arm” for the economy of downtown Baltimore, which is reeling from the pandemic and the departure of several corporations in recent years.
Delaware closed its Public Health Dental Clinics at the onset of the pandemic and has now decided to close them indefinitely. Officials cite the declining number of patients seen at the clinics in recent years.
Kentucky’s number of overdose deaths increased at one of the highest rates in the nation in 2020, according to federal data, confirming a dreaded prediction that many people working in addiction recovery saw coming.