The Missouri General Assembly has taken the historic step of calling itself back into special session to decide whether to impeach Republican Gov. Eric Greitens. According to the petition signed by 138 House members and 29 senators, lawmakers will consider the findings and recommendations of a House committee investigating Greitens, "including, but not limited to disciplinary actions."
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is championing a plan that would make New York City a pioneer in creating supervised injection sites for illegal drug users, part of a novel but contentious strategy to combat the epidemic of fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioids.
Every school day in Philadelphia, children are exposed to a stew of environmental hazards, both visible and invisible, that can rob them of a healthy place to learn and thrive. Too often, the Pennsylvania district knows of the perils but downplays them to parents, according to an investigation by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, said he intends to make Connecticut the first state to participate in a national database aimed at identifying racial bias in policing. The John Jay College Center for Policing Equity runs the National Justice Database, a project aimed at rapidly producing useful reports tailored to each department that participates.
The Louisiana House voted to allow visitors to carry guns at K-12 schools and on university campuses if they have concealed weapons permits, regardless of whether the institutions are public or private. The bill now moves to the Senate.
A bill to ensure adoption agencies can refuse placements to gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs remains alive as Kansas lawmakers wrap up their work. The legislation cleared a key procedural hurdle and moves one step closer to voting.
Tough proposed disciplinary regulations aimed at curtailing overprescribing of opioid painkillers would be eased considerably under a recommendation by a subcommittee of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners. The consequences for violations of the law would be left to the board’s discretion, based on a prescriber’s "good faith attempts at compliance."
Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, will now have a chance to decide whether Oklahomans can carry guns without a license. In a late-night session, the Oklahoma Senate gave final approval to a bill that would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a firearm without a permit or training, a policy known as "constitutional carry," if they are at least 21 years old.
To allow Californians to sidestep the new $10,000 federal cap on state and local tax deductions, taxpayers could donate to nonprofits, universities, community colleges or K-12 public school districts, and those entities would transfer 90 percent of that donation to the state. In turn, the state would lower a taxpayer’s state income tax liability by issuing a credit equal to 80 percent of the original donation.
Republican lawmakers are taking aim once again at Nebraska's Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, advancing a budget bill that would prevent the agency from accessing funding designed to provide sexual health education.
Delaware could take a major step toward becoming the first state to fully outlaw marriage for anyone younger than 18. The state Senate is slated to vote on a controversial bill that would make it illegal for minors to wed, regardless their parents’ approval. The legislation is largely aimed at preventing parents from forcing their underage children into marriage.
The expansion of Medicaid, which would provide health insurance to an additional 50,000 low-income New Hampshire residents, cleared the New Hampshire House by a 303-29 vote. The amendment reauthorizes the health insurance program for low-income households for five years, with a review after two and a half years.