Nurse practitioners, midwives and other nonphysician medical professionals will be able to perform abortions in Maryland after the Democratic-controlled General Assembly overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Abortion Care Access Act. The law also will require most health insurance plans to cover abortions at no cost to patients and fund training for abortion providers.
A showdown over gender identity issues affecting children that simmered for two years caused a contentious final day of the Alabama legislative session.
Rural hospital administrators in Washington state say they still aren’t back to pre-pandemic staffing levels, which is why they voiced concerns over a proposal at the legislature that would have required them to hire even more staff.
An Alaska Senate bill that would require schools to post online curriculum related to diversity, equity, race, gender and sexuality had its second hearing. The bill also would prohibit teaching that someone is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive because of their race, gender, religion or nationality.
North Dakota lawmakers have held back a state cosmetology rule that would allow service animals in salons after one representative raised concerns about cleanliness and potential abuse of a law banning impostor service animals.
In a marathon final day of session, Illinois lawmakers approved a $46.5 billion budget that includes $1.8 billion in largely temporary election-year tax relief and a $1 billion deposit into the state’s rainy day fund. The Democratic-controlled General Assembly also finalized its legislative response to rising crime.
One of the most prominent voting rights cases in years is going to trial this week, testing allegations that Georgia’s election policies illegally obstructed voters from casting their ballots.
Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates floated an alternative to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s plan to suspend the state gasoline tax for three months, instead proposing to send $50 cash to each car owner, up to $100 per household.
After charging a woman with murder over a self-induced abortion and forcing her to spend three days in jail, Starr County, Texas, officials announced they would dismiss the case. It’s unclear under which statute the woman was charged; state law exempts a pregnant person from being charged with murder or any lesser homicide charge for an abortion.
An estimated 2.4 million Californians could see a boost in their tax refunds next year under a legislative proposal that would dramatically increase the state’s renters’ tax credit for the first time in more than four decades.
The Ohio Supreme Court is considering whether to issue a contempt of court finding against the Ohio Redistricting Commission—a panel of state elected officials that includes GOP Gov. Mike DeWine and Republican and Democratic state legislative leaders—over failures in the ongoing process of redistricting.
As Michigan restaurant workers seek out opportunities for higher wages, flexible scheduling and job security, unexpected industries are luring them away from hospitality. In search of greener pastures, servers are turning to entrepreneurship, bartenders to engineering and food service veterans are answering the ever-present call to the auto industry.
Oregon’s roughly 38,000 state government workers enjoyed another year of wage growth in 2021, with median pay well above the state’s overall workforce and more employees earning six-figure salaries. The gains came during a tumultuous time for Oregon workers, as some in the private sector lost jobs and businesses while others enjoyed notable pay raises in the first full fiscal year of the pandemic.