A federal judge has temporarily halted President Donald Trump's executive order allowing state and local governments to opt out of refugee resettlement. The injunction puts on hold Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to bar further admissions of refugees.
New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring “comprehensive disclosure and transparency” for civil asset forfeiture, a practice through which prosecutors can use the civil courts to go after property they think is connected to criminal activity.
Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson used his State of the State speech to reaffirm his support for gun rights while denouncing an uptick in violence in the state’s biggest cities. Instead of gun control, Parson called on lawmakers to ramp up laws against violent crime, among other proposals.
South Dakota state Rep. Fred Deutsch and more than 40 other Republican lawmakers propose to make it a felony for medical professionals to treat transgender children with hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery. Deutsch said such measures “are not treatments for psychological conditions.”
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has ordered state health officials to stop distributing condoms with suggestive Utah-themed packaging, created with federal funds as part of a new HIV awareness campaign. The wrappers riff on various Utah memes, with labels such as “Greatest Sex on Earth.”
Oregon Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger said that another walkout to deny Democrats a quorum on their climate change vote remains a possibility, and that he would prefer to see the policy referred to voters. Despite Democrats’ concessions to make the climate policy more palatable to rural Oregonians, Beartschiger said he felt the bill hadn’t changed much.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the massive buyout of 20,000 acres worth as much as $18 million. Environmentalists said it would prevent the blot of industrial activity in one of the world's most famous wetlands.
The measure introduced in the Indiana House would allow state residents without proof of identity and lawful U.S. status to obtain a driving card or driving card learner's permit. Unlike a driver's license, the driving card could not be used for federal identification or federal purposes such as voting.
California wants to spend $2 million to remind you that it is against the law to smoke in state parks and beaches. If you’re caught, it’s a $25 fine. The request calls for spending $1.1 million on 5,600 signs, and $900,000 on permits.
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican, is proposing new safeguards against ballot tampering and foreign manipulation of elections. Wyman is seeking $1.8 million in state money for security in county election offices that would make the state eligible for another $8.6 million in matching federal funds.
The proposed rule would require groups of Alaska Natives seeking tribal status to prove a common bond at least as far back as 1936. The agency says it would “settle expectations” among tribes petitioning the federal government, the state, tribes already federally recognized and local governments.
While Tennessee stockpiled nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars for working families, other states used funds to combat the opioid crisis and subsidize child care, a Tennessean analysis found.