In the affluent Illinois suburb where six died and two dozen were shot at an Independence Day parade, Highland Park leaders enacted a ban on assault rifles in 2013 that was swiftly challenged by a local doctor and the Illinois Rifle Association. That legal fight was appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Across the U.S. West, many abortion providers serving rural areas already were struggling to meet demand in a vast region where staffing shortages and long travel distances are barriers to reproductive services for women.
Texans are seeing skyrocketing home electric bills this spring and summer, with many customers paying at least 50% more than they did for electric bills at this time last year. Increases are driven by the cost of natural gas.
The U.S. Supreme Court limited the power of the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. But its ruling didn’t touch the power of the states.
A total of 63 communities across Idaho will receive funding for clean water projects ranging from the evaluation and repair of current water distribution to removing lead water pipes. The Idaho legislature allocated millions of dollars to GOP Gov. Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” initiative, which uses record surplus funding in the state’s budget to address issues like tax relief, education and water improvement projects.
A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in Nebraska is in danger of missing its signature goal to qualify for the November general election ballot. The campaign suffered a major blow when one of its top donors died, forcing organizers to rely primarily on volunteers.
The marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court has asked Maryland and Virginia officials to enforce laws that prohibit picketing outside the homes of the justices who live in the two states. Justices’ homes have been the target of abortion rights protests since May.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed two bills aiming to protect the right of those from outside the state to get abortion services within its borders and barring extradition of people involved in reproductive health care services should they face charges in another state.
The Ohio Supreme Court denied an emergency request by abortion providers to block the state’s so-called heartbeat law, which means that, for now, abortions remain illegal at around six weeks.
Massachusetts police chiefs should no longer deny or impose restrictions on licenses to carry a gun just because the applicant doesn’t have a “good reason” to carry, the state’s attorney general said in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Mississippi judge has set a hearing in a lawsuit by the state's only abortion clinic, which seeks to block a law that would ban most abortions. A temporary restraining order would allow the clinic to remain open, at least while the lawsuit is pending.
The changes to New York's gun laws that were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul will require background checks for every ammunition purchase and also mandate that handgun-permit applicants provide three years of details about their social media accounts.
The Nevada Board of Regents will no longer require staff at the state’s public universities and colleges be vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandate was first approved last year. Hundreds of employees statewide ended up quitting or losing their job because they would not get vaccinated.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp extended the Georgia state gas tax break another month as a busy travel season picks up, a move aimed at providing drivers with relief at the pump.