GOP Governors Ignored Mask Mandate Advice From Task Force
State News
GOP Governors Ignored Mask Mandate Advice From Task Force

WASHINGTON — The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released eight weekly reports from the White House Coronavirus Task Force this summer that showed concerns about the coronavirus’s spread, the same time period when the administration prematurely declared victory... Read More

Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
State News
Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
2020-08-20 19:39:57
by Sara Wilkerson

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time $500 stimulus check on a first-come-first-served basis at select financial institutions. As many as 77,000 Oregon residents will be eligible... Read More

Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?
Voting
Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a case that could have major ramifications ahead of the November election, a panel of federal judges in Atlanta questioned lawyers Tuesday about Florida’s decision to require felons to pay off all court fees and fines... Read More

Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why
Environment
Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Manatee deaths are on the rise in Florida. Coronavirus isn't likely at fault, but it has kept officials from performing as many necropsies as normal on the dead animals. As a result, experts from the Florida... Read More

Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
State News
Governors Sign Memorandum to Fast-track Zero-Emission Work Vehicles
2020-07-15 15:30:51
by Reece Nations

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia agreed to work collaboratively on hastening the switch to all-electric fleet vehicles in an effort to suppress toxic air pollution Tuesday. Their goal, according to a joint memorandum signed by the states’ governors,... Read More

Presidential Elections Usually Inspire a Big Jump in Voter Registration. Not in Pa., This Year
2020 Elections
Presidential Elections Usually Inspire a Big Jump in Voter Registration. Not in Pa., This Year

PHILADELPHIA — There was a time when the election was supposed to be the big story of 2020. With all that attention and energy, voter registration numbers would go through the roof. Parties, campaigns and advocacy groups planned to knock... Read More

US Coronavirus Cases Top 3 Million as Multiple States Face Alarming Resurgence
Health
US Coronavirus Cases Top 3 Million as Multiple States Face Alarming Resurgence

The United States has reached another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of confirmed infections surging past 3 million on Wednesday. The official tally, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is almost twice as high as the second... Read More

Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines
Education
Schools Try to Plan Reopening Amid Conflicting Coronavirus Guidelines

PHILADELPHIA — A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education. By Wednesday, Lavender had... Read More

Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down
Health
Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused. And a... Read More

Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy
Economy
Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “totally” disagreed with Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to roll back coronavirus restrictions and allow shuttered businesses such as nail salons and barber shops to reopen this week. Refusing to reverse course, Kemp said he... Read More

Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak
Economy
Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

As several Southern governors began to reopen their states shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak, some mayors pushed back Tuesday, saying they have yet to see the decline in COVID-19 cases needed to ease stay-at-home orders. “I am beyond disturbed,” Van... Read More

States Discuss Smart Solutions for Elections Amid Ongoing Pandemic
State News
States Discuss Smart Solutions for Elections Amid Ongoing Pandemic
2020-04-13 19:32:02
by Kate Michael

Coronavirus is testing election systems like never before. Voting has traditionally been a private, yet social affair, with citizens turning out to public polling places to make their voices heard and show the receipt of their civic duty with the... Read More

States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization
State News
States Turn to Unenforced Federal Law to Slow Medical Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON — Since 2014, Congress has protected patients and cannabis programs from federal marijuana prosecutions in states that allow it for medical use. Medical marijuana’s unique legal status involves a little-known provision called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that Congress renews every... Read More

Virginia Cities Will Be Allowed to Move Confederate Monuments Under New Law
State News
Virginia Cities Will Be Allowed to Move Confederate Monuments Under New Law

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia state Delegate Jay Jones has to see the statue of a Confederate soldier every day on his way to his law office in Norfolk. “Every time I drive past it … my heart breaks a little... Read More

Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
Voting
Absentee Ballot Rules Explained
2020-02-11 21:50:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The virtue of absentee ballots has no doubt been argued everywhere from Shelly's Back Room in Washington, D.C., where the give-and-take was accompanied by cigars and whiskey, to the crowded dining room of the Red Arrow 24 Diner... Read More

States Appeal Judge’s Decision to Toss Local Tax Deductions Lawsuit
Litigation
States Appeal Judge’s Decision to Toss Local Tax Deductions Lawsuit
2019-12-03 19:18:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Four states are appealing a federal judge’s September dismissal of their lawsuit challenging federal authority to limit state and local tax deductions. In a filing before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys for the states argue... Read More

New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules
State News
New Congressional Maps in North Carolina Will Stand for 2020, Court Rules

WASHINGTON — The new congressional maps passed by North Carolina state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election, a three-judge panel ruled Monday. The previous maps gave Republicans a 10-3 advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Under... Read More

House Committee Headed to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA
State News
House Committee Headed to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA
2019-10-18 20:14:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House Panel that deals with water resource and environmental issues will travel to South Florida this weekend for a roundtable on infrastructure projects to be considered for inclusion in the next Water Resources Development Act. Rep. Grace... Read More

Fur Clothing Bans Advance in More Cities and States
State News
Fur Clothing Bans Advance in More Cities and States

WASHINGTON — There’s a fur fight in California, and it’s spreading. A bill that would ban the sale of fur coats, hats, handbags, gloves and earmuffs, accessories with fur trim and most other uses is whipping through the California Legislature,... Read More

Hundreds Of Guns Come In To California From Nevada. Lawmakers Want To Stop It
State News
Hundreds Of Guns Come In To California From Nevada. Lawmakers Want To Stop It

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Alarmed that the gun used in a mass shooting in Gilroy was bought legally in Nevada, two dozen California legislators on Wednesday asked their counterparts in the neighboring state to meet this fall to discuss strengthening restrictions... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?
Litigation
Georgia Supreme Court: Are Data Breach Victims Entitled To Damages?

ATLANTA — In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the “Dark Overlord” hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients. The Athens Orthopedic Clinic... Read More

States Struggle To Update Election Systems Ahead of 2020
Elections
States Struggle To Update Election Systems Ahead of 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. states operating outdated and insecure voting machines face major hurdles in protecting them in time for the 2020 presidential election, officials said at a meeting of elections experts. Budgets are strained, decision-making authority is diffused and standards... Read More

New Democratic Majorities In States Lead to Rush of Bills
State News
New Democratic Majorities In States Lead to Rush of Bills

WASHINGTON — Democrats started the year newly in control of six state governments. They used that power to quickly undo years of conservative policies. Nevada decriminalized abortion, Maine expanded access to it and Illinois made it a “fundamental right.” New... Read More

Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget
State News
Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget
2019-07-02 19:57:12
by Elin Johnson

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy cut $444 million from the state’s operating budget  last week, a move he said was critical to moving closer to a balanced budget without raising taxes or reducing the annual Permanent Fund dividend paid to every... Read More

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