The Democratic-led Maine legislature endorsed a bill that would reduce the possession of scheduled drugs from a crime to a civil penalty in a victory for criminal justice overhaul advocates this session.
Two Democratic Mississippi lawmakers announced they are filing a proposal to eliminate the Confederate Memorial holiday and replace it with Juneteenth at the beginning of the 2022 legislative session.
The Biden administration has suspended oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and aims to thwart drilling there, but an Alaska agency is still pushing ahead with its plans for development.
Colorado lawmakers this session passed bills that would regulate use of force, expand alternatives to policing and make police actions and discipline more transparent to the public.
The Greater Idaho Movement faces a daunting path: Its ambitious proposal requires the approval of both the Oregon and Idaho legislatures, followed by Congress.
When legal sports books open in Arizona this year, gamblers who owe child support or court fines and win big are likely to have their money garnished to pay their debts to the state.
Hundreds of New Mexico state employees are set to receive some extra pay this month as compensation for annual leave they didn’t use last year amid the pandemic.
Hot spots in north-central and southwest Missouri have bumped the state into the unenviable position of reporting the most COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, according to data from The New York Times.
TX: Texas governor vetoes funding for legislature and its staff as punishment for Democratic walkout
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on a threat to veto a section of the state budget that funds the Texas legislature, its staffers and legislative agencies.
To date, more than a dozen lawsuits have stemmed from this year’s legislative session in Montana, with 10 filings challenging 11 new laws.
The Iowa Supreme Court upheld a provision of Waterloo’s "ban the box" ordinance that bars employers from asking about criminal histories on job applications.
Delaware's minimum wage would rise to $15 an hour by 2025 under legislation approved by the state House and Senate along party lines.
A state law allowing police to draw blood samples from unconscious drunken driving suspects is "unconstitutional beyond a reasonable doubt," the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled.
Criminal justice reformers and child welfare advocates have long sought to bar the indiscriminate shackling of youth—a common but unevenly enforced practice across Minnesota.
The Louisiana legislature passed a bill that would grant $180 million to telecommunication firms to build internet infrastructure for underserved, rural communities. The program would use funds from the American Rescue Plan, and the firms would have to cover at least 20% of costs and provide affordable, high-speed internet.
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and North Dakota Forest Service reported wildfires have burned about 156 square miles of land across the state, more than seven times the amount from the previous year.
Ghost forests of half-submerged, long-dead cottonwoods now protrude from the water and sediment, remnants of ecosystems that flourished before Glen Canyon Dam created a 186-mile-long stretch of slack water in the heart of Utah’s Red Rock Desert.
All of Washington’s public four-year universities will have test-optional policies—permanently, university leaders announced last month. A majority of applications at many schools were submitted without SAT or ACT scores.
Oregon will not reach its vaccination goal to lift nearly all coronavirus restrictions and may not hit the mark by the time the governor’s COVID-19 emergency order expires June 28.
Michigan House Republicans spearheaded a move to stop providing an extra $300 per week in unemployment funding to people who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After years of debate, Connecticut lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that legalizes the sale and cultivation of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, joining 19 states and the District of Columbia that allow recreational cannabis use.