Citing “unconstitutional political gerrymandering,” Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed the House Republican majority’s new maps for the 100 House districts and the GOP-dominated legislature’s plans to redraw the state’s six congressional districts.
A 15-week ban on most abortions moved forward in the Florida legislature, despite fervent opposition from Democrats and abortion rights advocates. A House committee advanced the measure on a 12-6 party-line vote in the first legislative debate on the controversial bill.
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t reverse a court ruling that found transgender state employees have the right to sue North Carolina for banning the use of state health insurance to pay for transition care, treatment and surgery.
Two companies that collected nasal swabs but allegedly failed to provide timely or accurate COVID-19 test results are being sued by the state of Minnesota.
Backers of a congressional map that would likely send six Republicans and two Democrats from Missouri to the U.S. House muscled the plan through the state House over opposition from Democrats and some Republicans. The plan advanced to the Senate on an 86-67 vote.
Disability rights activists and advocates for Britney Spears backed a California proposal to provide more protections for those under court-ordered conservatorships, while promoting less-restrictive alternatives.
Kansas Republicans want to split Wyandotte County—which includes Kansas City—between two congressional districts for the first time since the 1980s. The map, which splits the majority-minority county down the middle, was introduced alongside several other options.
Georgia is replacing a glitchy statewide voter registration system that caused colossal lines during early voting in the 2020 election. The new technology could prevent similar waits in this year’s races for governor and the U.S. Senate.
A former Vermont legislator and House majority leader has died with the help of a law he himself helped pass that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives, his wife said.
Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, a Republican, reiterated a request that taxpayers fund her legal fees after her office refused to release complete public records to reporters. McGeachin requested $29,000 “due to unforeseen legal bills related to a lawsuit from the Idaho Press Club after the Attorney General’s Office failed to properly represent” her.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota filed a lawsuit seeking a halt to the state’s new abortion pill restrictions. The lawsuit hinges on a rule that will mandate pregnant people take abortion medications in-person at a licensed abortion facility.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan laid out a plan that proposes generous tax breaks for retirees and some low-income workers in Maryland. The state is flush with cash from a combination of federal aid, a resurgent economy and rebounding tax revenues.
Republican Gov. Henry McMaster used his fifth State of the State address to ask legislators to spend South Carolina’s largest-ever surplus to drive prosperity for future generations. One new initiative was a call to reevaluate how the state provides mental health services to children in K-12 public schools.
The University of Hawaii announced a $50 million gift over seven years from billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, for research about the impact of climate change on the ocean. It is the largest cash gift in university history.
Washington, D.C., officials are resuming paid COVID-19 leave for city workers, giving employees who test positive an alternative to using their sick leave to isolate. Meanwhile, a unanimous D.C. Council introduced legislation that would significantly expand paid leave benefits for city workers, including new paid medical leave for qualifying ailments such as cancer.
One-third of all Pennsylvania waterways are now considered polluted enough to harm wildlife, recreation or drinking water, according to a report released by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP listed 27,886 miles of streams it found impaired in one or more ways, which is about 9% higher than its 2020 estimate.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that will prohibit the sale of polystyrene—or Styrofoam—packing peanuts in New Jersey within two years.
Mississippi legislators are considering two bills to reduce sentences for young people. One bill would make it easier for people who were under 21 when they were arrested to earn supervised release for good behavior while another proposal would allow people who were under 18 when they committed a crime be eligible for parole after 20 years.
Three parents whose children attend West Virginia public schools filed a lawsuit alleging the state’s Hope Scholarship program violates the state constitution by funneling millions of dollars away from public education and into private and religious schools.
Cinemas in New York will be allowed to sell beer and wine at their concession stands for consumption while watching a movie, the board of the State Liquor Authority ruled in a unanimous vote.