5 Big Takeaways From Senate Intel's Election Security Investigation

The bottom line is future elections are in danger of Russian meddling and we haven’t done enough to secure them.

North Carolina’s Cities Want Their Broadband Authority Clarified by State Government

Doing so could open the door for more local governments to fund and install infrastructure for private retail networks that reach underserved neighborhoods.

After Public Fury in Washington State, Lawmakers Rethink Legislative Transparency

“Local officials are used to the idea that their records are public,” according to state freedom of information advocate Michele Earl-Hubbard. “It is the longtimers at the Capitol who don’t think that way.”

States Push for Outstanding Election Security Funds Ahead of Midterms

Secretaries of state are adamant they lack the money needed to comply with Senate Intelligence recommendations they update their election infrastructure. They’ll make their case before the committee Wednesday.

States Aren't Waiting for Feds to Ban Flame Retardants From Kids' Products

The state bills vary in scope, but their intent is clear—to get rid of chemicals that have been found by scientists to pose more risks than rewards.

‘I’ve Personally Sacrificed My Entire Career for This’

The debate around sexual-harassment legislation is playing out in the Maryland General Assembly, where reform advocates say leadership is loath to embrace changes.

Colorado Uses Laser Measurement to Safely Inventory Road Signs

Keeping track of a state transportation department’s infrastructure, including where it’s located, has never been easier.

'Pre-Apprenticeships' Boost Female Construction Workers

An ambitious, $50 billion, 10-year building program in California includes an unusual provision: a $25 million investment to get more women into pre-apprenticeships.

Advocates Offer New Remedy for Health Care Woes as a Bridge to Single Payer

“Universal coverage is within our grasp” in California, but the overall cost is yet to be determined.

State-Local Collaboration Needed Ahead of Opportunity Zone Deadline

While the impact of opportunity zones could be huge for low-income areas, the time is very short for states trying to figure out which areas to nominate.

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.

As High Court Weighs Online Sales Taxes, States Get Ready to Pounce

“When Americans are buying more but the tax revenue is not rebounding, that’s just a measure of where young people are shopping,” according to Max Behlke of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Senator Casts Doubt on Chances for New Infrastructure Grant Programs

Nebraska's Deb Fischer, who chairs a Senate transportation subcommittee, made her remarks as the Trump administration is stumping for three new, major public works grant initiatives.

The Troubled Future for State Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act’s extension of public insurance to poor adults might finally make its way into every state. But those inroads could come with a cost.

Axing State Corporate Taxes Is Good Policy

ANALYSIS | New Jersey’s former state comptroller and budget director asks: Is there an easier and more equitable way to tax business?

Recent Data Breaches Spark Debate Over 'Reasonable' Notification Rules

Some states have already moved to toughen their data breach laws as the number of incidents increases.

Aid-in-Dying Gains Momentum as Erstwhile Opponents Change Their Minds

New Jersey is one of at least 25 states considering aid-in-dying bills this year. 

West Virginia Ripple Effect Could Roll Into Another State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Youngstown, Ohio residents target fracking; raising wait-staff wages in Washington, D.C.; Vermont F-35 fighter jet fight; and a Manchester arts commissioner caught on video gouging a city hall wall.

States Want More Money and Less Punishment Over Opioids

“To fully address the crisis we have to treat it as a health care issue, as a child welfare issue and as a drain on our local economies,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.