Supporters of a bill that would have used federal Medicaid and state dollars to provide insurance coverage to low-income residents stand outside the Legislative Chamber in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 29.
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Relative of Kansas Gov. Slams His Budget Proposal; Colo. Lawmakers May Pursue Tax Hike

Also in our Weekend State and Local Daily Digest: Emergency declaration in Georgia; Philly-area bridge closed after structural fracture; a big EPA fine from a Honolulu molasses spill.

Unease Over Tapping Louisiana’s Rainy-Day Fund; D.C. Mayor vs. Bill O’Reilly

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Philly’s rat stats; Arkansas mayor resigns amid scandal; and Nevada governor’s education proposal.

Interstate Health Insurance: Sounds Good, But Details Are Tricky

Analysts say selling health insurance across state lines would destabilize the market and increase premiums.

Will States Take Up the Mantle of Worker Protection?

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is getting ready to protect employees from wage theft and other illegal practices if the federal government doesn't.

R.I. Gov.’s Tuition-Free College Plan; Nebraska’s Lagging State Revenue

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Missouri's governor plans big higher ed cuts; Wisconsin city struggles with state limits on revenue; and more state legislative updates.

Flesh-Eating Worms Reach Florida's Mainland

A massive eradication effort wiped out screwworms in the U.S. 35 years ago—but then they reappeared.

Should Social Media Be Banned in Prison?

Prison officials fear inmates can use social media to commit crimes. But prisoner advocates say banning its use hampers a successful return to society.

U.S. Adult Incarceration Rate Declines 13 Percent in 8 Years

The share of population behind bars has fallen back to the 1998 level.

Vaccine Critics Target Mississippi; Conn. Gov. Declares End to Chronic Homelessness

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Chicago awaits major federal announcement on its policing practices; Cuomo’s ‘Buy American’ procurement push; and Seattle sends help to snowed-in Portland.

A Cautionary Case Study for Governors Looking to Defund Planned Parenthood

What are state governments doing to prevent a repeat of a public health crisis like the one that’s hobbled Scott County, Indiana?

Video: Goats Help Prevent Wildfires in Southern California

Caltrans utilizes the animals to eat invasive species and eliminate potential ignition points that could blow up into big fires.

Texas Lt. Gov. Not Worried About N.C.-Style Backlash; Delaware Ex-Mayor’s Email Surprise

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More state legislative updates; a bad audit for a Florida state agency’s IT; L.A. County’s one-stop shop for immigration defense

U.S. Supreme Court Puts North Carolina's 2017 Elections on Hold

After a lower court ordered unusual legislative contests this year to mitigate unconstitutional racial gerrymandering, the justices temporarily stayed the order.

Needle Exchanges Work, But Where’s the Funding?

Making clean syringes available to people who inject drugs can save counties millions of dollars in the long run, but funding has been slow to reach these critical programs.

Chris Christie: ‘Arresting, Jailing, Stigmatizing the Victims Will Not Make It Better’

In his State of the State Address, the New Jersey governor laid out plans to address drug abuse and the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Where Gerrymandering Is Containing City Power

To resist the current political peril, just boost the urban voter turnout, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Iowa Gov. Details $110 Million in Budget Cuts; Hope vs. Reality in Olympia

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More state legislative updates; L.A. legal settlements strain city finances; and Denver police horse euthanized after neglect.

‘Hacktivists’ Increasingly Target Local and State Government Computers

Hacktivists, who blend hacking and activism for political and social causes, can lock up government computer networks, deface websites, steal data — and cost taxpayers.

S.C. Struggles With Pension Funding; New Governors Sworn Into Office in Ind., Mo.

Also in our State and Local Digest: A push to raise Mont.’s gas tax; municipal panic buttons expand in Mass.; and a W.Va. city hall is a ‘total loss’ after a fire.

What's Behind the New Wave of Transgender 'Bathroom Bills'

Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.

Tobacco Company Cash Crushes Tax Increases

Between 1980 and 2015, voters approved nearly 70 percent of the 32 tobacco tax hikes that appeared on statewide ballots. But this time was different.

Pennsylvania Seeks to Close Two Prisons to Help Alleviate $1.7 Billion Budget Gap

“We’re not in ideal times,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “If you look at the financial realities, our choices were to reduce staffing and programming, or do this.”

Ariz. Gov. Urges Caution on Obamacare Repeal; Ky. Legislature OKs Abortion, Anti-Union Bills

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: State government layoffs loom in Iowa and Maine; Cuomo’s new cybersecurity response proposal in New York; and not much fuss on the last street plowed in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Taking Center Stage in Minnesota’s Legislature: Infrastructure, Taxes and Health Insurance Costs

Now in control of both the state House and Senate, Republican leaders look to tackle escalating health insurance premiums.

Carbon Cutters on Edge: Hoping California's Cap-and-trade Program Survives

Uncertainty about the future of the carbon auctions has not only roiled that carbon market but also given potential participants reason to rethink their participation.

In Washington State, a Way to Connect With Olympia When Winter Puts It Out of Reach

Relatively few states have authorized remote testimony in the legislative process, but the early use of the practice has shown successes in the Evergreen State.

Distressing Stat on Colorado’s Overdose Deaths Underscores Urban-Rural Disparities

In 2015, more people died from opioid overdoses than homicides and the problem is made worse by a lack of access to treatment options.

Telemedicine in Schools Helps Keep Kids in the Classroom

Many states are experimenting with telemedicine to address health disparities that can depress student achievement.

The Free-College Dream Didn't End With Trump's Election

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to make the state’s public colleges and universities free for families earning less than $125,000.

Virginia Gov. Calls for Review of Driver’s License Suspension Practice

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s three-part criminal justice reform proposal would also raise Virginia’s felony theft threshold for the first time since 1980.

‘Montanans Have Lost Decades of Public Information’; New Year Brings Higher Minimum Wage

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Some drought relief in California; Harrisburg’s ex-mayor wants his curios and collectibles back; and Toledo vs. suburbs water struggle.

A Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California’s Sterilization Program

Some of the 20,000 victims are still alive today.

Laying the Groundwork for a Second Constitutional Convention

A primer on the effort underway to devolve federal power back to the states.