Rhode Islanders who lose their jobs because they refuse to follow their employers’ clearly communicated COVID-19 vaccine rules generally won’t be eligible for unemployment, state labor officials say. The state considers COVID-19 vaccine mandates to be a reasonable requirement that employees have to follow.
Leaders of the Oregon School Boards Association admonished school board members across the state to uphold their oaths of office and follow all laws, even those they disagree with. They conveyed that message in an open letter that took aim at the notable number of school board members who have directed school employees to defy mask mandates intended to keep children safe from COVID-19.
A judge put on hold a tougher standard on the use of deadly force by Minnesota police officers until a lawsuit is resolved over the way a new law is constructed. The law passed in 2020 requires officers to provide specific reasons to justify using lethal force.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, said that sharp spikes in natural gas prices last winter appear to violate Kansas law, and he is seeking outside legal help to investigate them.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law sweeping bail legislation that requires people accused of violent crimes to put up cash to get out of Texas jails. The bill named after a slain state trooper also provides judges with more information about a defendant’s criminal history when setting bail.
With a number of local school districts facing bus driver shortages, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, activated the National Guard to assist with school transportation, starting in four cities. Up to 250 personnel will be available, with 90 Guard members slated to begin training.
Public schools in Union County, North Carolina, will significantly curtail coronavirus quarantine requirements and school nurses and staff will not conduct contact tracing in cases where a student or employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
Coronavirus cases among school-aged children in Pennsylvania were nearly 10 times greater last week than during the same period in 2020, state health officials said, with local officials saying the rise could be due to a variety of factors, including the highly transmissible delta variant, the return of in-person school and an increase in testing.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida will fine local governments $5,000 for each employee who is required to be vaccinated, threatening some cities and counties with millions of dollars in penalties for adopting strict vaccine mandates.
The decision comes after a disability rights group and several Iowa families sued the state, arguing that students with disabilities face “irreparable harm” when attending schools without universal masking. The lawsuit contended that prohibiting schools from requiring masks was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Election officials are deploying ballot drop boxes across New Mexico for people who chose to cast absentee ballots without walking indoors during the upcoming Nov. 2 local election. The proliferation of drop boxes is the outcome of 2019 legislation from the Democratic-led legislature that was signed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Dozens of Washington State Patrol troopers, firefighters and other state and local government employees have sued Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, contending that his COVID-19 vaccine mandate oversteps his legal authority and violates their constitutional rights.
Michigan marijuana sales reached a new peak when combined recreational and medical sales for the first time eclipsed a $2 billion-per-year pace.
Delaware’s last remaining coal-fired power plant was scheduled to shut down next spring. But the regional electric grid manager says that the planned closure of the Indian River coal plant could bring reliability issues—and that some upgrades to address these will not be ready in time.
The latest draft maps of Colorado’s new state Senate and House districts would make it difficult for Republicans to challenge Democratic control of the legislature, according to an analysis of the proposals.
In an effort to take over Congress, Republicans are looking to redraw the maps of two key Georgia suburban districts that were once solid GOP territory and the political base for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The new mandate allows the district to remain in compliance with South Carolina law since it will not use state funds to enforce the school mask mandate.
Hawaii health and state government officials argued that advances in medicine and patient preference reduced the need for the beds, but now there aren’t enough.
Launched by conservative critics and fueled by anger and fear over the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, the campaign has shined a light on the rules governing California recall efforts, with academics and activists alike saying improvements are long overdue.