Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s plan includes opening nearly 800 new beds, hiring new parole and probation officers, creating the state's first transitional re-entry center program and offering alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders. The plan will cost $32 million in the first two years.
The proposal would retroactively apply a 1999 cap on punitive damages to unsettled civil actions. It is aimed at snubbing 4,500 smokers and their families who have sued cigarette makers but are still awaiting trial over claims that the industry deceived them about the dangerous and addictive properties of cigarettes.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal cuts across state programs from Medicaid to universities to stanch the fiscal bleeding in Illinois, the state with the lowest credit rating. It cuts $2.9 billion in employee benefit costs, $1.3 billion in subsidies to local government and $1.2 billion from reimbursements to health care providers.
A Senate committee has approved legislation designed to expand affordable high-speed Internet service to rural communities by constructing a state-owned 2,600-mile fiber network that Internet providers could tap into.
Buses, bicycles, even microparks are competing for the curbsides of Seattle, where the city is outgrowing 20th-century traditions of on-street parking.
A new report says higher education as a whole in North Carolina had a $63.5 billion impact on the state’s economy in 2012-13.
Georgia legislators supporting “religious liberty” efforts doubled-down Wednesday by introducing a second bill to prevent government intrusion on faith-based beliefs.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will not ban Iranian nationals from graduate studies in chemical, computer and mechanical engineering, officials said, just days after enacting the prohibition based on U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Under a House bill that one of its sponsors called "an epic shift" in the way Utah manages people who break the law, drug offenses would carry a smaller penalty, probation officers could reward as well as punish and whenever possible, the mentally ill and drug addicted would be sent to treatment rather than a cell.
Since 2013, the state has paid $5.07 million to claimants alleging they were victims of wrongdoing brought on by the government.
A Mississippi House committee has passed a bill that would give homeowners older than 65 a break on their property taxes.
The House has defeated a bill that would have made North Dakota the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, saying it was premature and carried too many risks that outweighed the potential benefits.
The Colorado Board of Education is giving a pass to school districts that fail to meet requirements for student participation on state-mandated tests, another attempt to chip away at the state’s involvement in a multistate testing effort.