A federal court has ordered Wisconsin lawmakers to redraw the state’s legislative district lines by Nov. 1, saying the current lines are unconstitutional and should be replaced in time for the November 2018 election.
The rules would require people who want marijuana for medical use to register with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, pay a $25 or $50 annual fee, and receive an ID card to buy the drug from retail dispensaries. Up to 40 licenses to grow and process the drug will be granted, with initial application and license fees of $100,000, and $100,000 annual renewal fees.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to take $119 million from Louisiana’s rainy day fund to help close a $304 billion budget deficit, but House Republican leaders say the gap should be closed with cuts alone.
Illinois is forming a coalition with 13 other states to allow people with a disability or blindness and their families to open tax-deferred investment accounts, giving them flexibility to save money without jeopardizing state and federal benefits that are limited by income.
Backers of a proposed 2018 ballot initiative seeking California's secession from the United States can begin collecting signatures, the state secretary of state's office has ruled.
A federal judge blocked Texas from requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated, saying the rule placed burdens on access to abortion that “substantially outweigh the benefits.”
The bill would impose a $150 annual registration fee on Kansans who own electrical vehicles and a $75 fee on those who own a hybrid vehicle because they pay little or no gasoline taxes — the main source of financing state highway repair and maintenance. Sponsors argue every driver should pay his or her fair share of keeping up the roads they drive.
New York is putting up $7.6 billion in subsidies to ensure that three nuclear plants stay open, part of the state’s strategy to lean on nuclear energy as it ramps up renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric.
A bill introduced in the Hawaii Legislature would classify chronic homelessness as a medical condition and require insurance companies to cover treatment of the condition. The sponsor wants to redirect some of the state’s $2 billion annual Medicaid budget to pay for housing.
West Virginia needs jobs, and its hospitals need nurses. It’s getting the two needs to align that’s the real trick for potential employees, medical facilities and the colleges where prospective nurses go to be trained.
A small provision buried in the $40.5 billion state budget proposed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker could strip benefits from about 5,700 of the poorest families in Massachusetts. Baker proposed a similar change last year but the Legislature nixed it.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is seeking to merge four state agencies that oversee Pennsylvania's massive health and public welfare programs into a single department.
Fears that a hungry lion or an angry chimpanzee could escape captivity in South Carolina are driving a plan to prohibit state residents from keeping the exotic animals as pets.