Most gun deaths are suicides. A bill making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature would give families a better chance to save the lives of their loved ones by creating a legal avenue for families and law enforcement to take guns out of the hands of people who a court deems dangerous to others or — more often — themselves.
Money collected through California’s marijuana taxes may fall short of the $175 million budgeted for the first six months of this year. The less-than-expected haul could force the Legislature to shelve a bill that would reduce the excise tax on pot from 15 to 11 percent, state officials warned.
All four Nebraska Indian Nations now have sued drug manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, seeking repayment as sovereign governments for financial losses in connection with the national epidemic.
When North Carolina lawmakers begin their new legislative session next week, they will have an opportunity to decide what to do with an extra $600 million in state revenue.
Louisiana is in the middle of an opioid crisis, but a pervasive state budget shortfall may lead the state to eliminate some drug and alcohol treatment options for people with Medicaid after July 1.
Ohioans overwhelmingly voted to revamp the process for drawing congressional districts, holding the promise that the next map will feature less gerrymandering by politicians and more fairness for voters.
A federal judge is demanding District of Columbia officials appear in court to explain a spate of unauthorized early releases of inmates also facing federal charges.
Criminal sabotage of Iowa pipelines, telecommunications facilities, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure could result in long prison sentences and large fines under a measure the Senate sent to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
ACLU affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont say they are concerned about civil liberties violations as part of increased immigration enforcement under the Trump administration.
The Minnesota Senate passed several bills loosening regulations for day care providers amid concerns the rules are driving them out of business and worsening a shortage that’s most acute in rural areas.