Virginia’s New 9-1-1 Law Has Origins in High School Classroom

Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam approved legislation that emerged as a lawmaking exercise by students.

Another State Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

But the lack of unified certification indicating that a dog has received specialized training makes enforcement difficult.

Alaska Lawmakers Send United Message to Feds on Legal Weed

The recent action at the State Capitol in Juneau echoes sentiments nationally about the use and regulation of cannabis.

New York’s Double-Jeopardy Loophole

The state attorney general asked the legislature to change state law so that the president or his associates could be tried in New York even if pardoned under federal law.

A Legal Quirk Means You Can Be Dead in New York But Alive in New Jersey

All 50 states recognize that someone is legally dead once they are brain dead, but the Garden State has a rather large exemption.

Nearly a Third of the Contiguous U.S. Faces Drought Conditions

The specter of a drought-ridden summer has focused renewed urgency on state and local conservation efforts, some of which would fundamentally alter Americans’ behavior in how they use water.

41 States See Their Low-Income Residents Living in the Most Flood-Prone Areas

An effort to make the National Flood Insurance Program more affordable for them would necessite private-sector involvement, according to a new FEMA report.

No Matter How the Supreme Court Rules, Don't Bank On an Online Sales Tax Boom

Changes to a long-standing legal precedent could free states to impose sales taxes on more internet retailers, but the immediate revenue gains could be somewhat limited.

Cautious Optimism From Marijuana States Following Senator’s Trump Assurance

But “this president has demonstrated a willingness to go back on his word,” according to Washington state’s attorney general.

Pension Crisis Forces Some Oregon Localities to ‘Do Less With Less’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kentucky governor apologizes … Idaho vs. feds … Philly tax fatigue ... San Diego’s sidewalk lawsuits … and Minnesota’s long winter continues.

Why Would the Government Stop States From Helping Student Borrowers?

Massachusetts, Maine, and others want to police companies that collect loan payments. The Department of Education says they can't.

The State Pension Funding Gap: 2016

Investment shortfalls, insufficient contributions reduced funded levels for public worker retirement plans

Public Pension Cuts Appear to Be Stifling Recruitment, Study Finds

Benefit reductions can save money, but may also be making it tougher to attract workers to state and local government.

Maine's Fitful Experiment With a New Way of Voting

The state will be the first to implement ranked-choice voting in its June primaries, but not all the candidates will commit to accepting the results.

To Curb Rising Health Insurance Costs, Some States Try 'Reinsurance Pools'

In its first year, Minnesota's reinsurance pool has performed even better than expected.

Governors Remain Hot and Cold on Trump’s National Guard Border Plan

While many Republican governors have offered enthusiastic support, one has offered a low-key dismissal of the plan.

Intergovernmental Fights ‘Deeply Rooted in the Flaws’ of New York’s Governor and Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan ends Flint’s bottled water shipments … California sheriff department’s K-9 shot in neck … and scofflaw golf cart drivers in “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.”

Key Takeaways From a New Survey of Municipal Bond Analysts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trump suggests prosecution for mayor … Oklahoma teacher strike pushes into 5th day; county’s gift card scandal prompts changes … why St. Louis didn’t make the Amazon HQ2 cut … and Minnesota stinkbugs are on the move.