Management

'Disaster City' Used to Train First Responders

Smashed automobiles and derailed train cars make up this mock municipality, which attracts firefighters and other first responders from around the globe.

Infrastructure

Americans Are Spending Billions on Bad Highway Expansions

PIRG’s annual list of “highway boondoggles” includes nine transportation projects that will cost a total of $25 billion while driving up emissions.

Sponsor Content

Connected Transportation

Top 5 Lessons for Modernizing State and Local Infrastructure. More states and municipalities are looking to unleash the opportunities created by embedding intelligent, connected technologies in public transit, vehicles, and roadways. Government Business Council (GBC) surveyed hundreds of state and local government decision makers to understand their perceptions of connected transportation and smart cities — here are our top five takeaways.

Health & Human Services

Non-English Speakers Face Health Setback If Trump Loosens Language Rules

A rule proposed by the Trump administration would leave patients with limited English proficiency with fewer guarantees of a written notice that free translation services are available.

Management

New York Senate Passes Ban on Recreational Flamethrowers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oregon legislature standoff continues … Mayors in Pennsylvania ask for protected bike lanes … Arizona Department of Transportation tries to curb littering.

Tech & Data

States Move Ahead With Digital License Plates

Maryland is the latest state to launch a pilot program to test the technology for consumer use.

Finance

Disputes Over State Taxes on Train Fuel Won't Go Before Supreme Court

A federal law has led to years of messy litigation over levies on locomotive diesel.

Management

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge on State Code Copyrights

Georgia holds a copyright for its annotated state code, which sells for $404, and sued to block a website from distributing free copies of the document.

Health & Human Services

A Water-Stressed World Turns to Desalination

Desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. But it remains expensive and creates its own environmental problems.

Public Safety

New Jersey Implements Ride-Share Safety Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Republican walkout in the Oregon legislature … Illinois law enforcement concerned about marijuana DUIs… Austin appropriates for new homeless shelter.

Management

Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments Gain Clearer Path to Federal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned a precedent that has pushed many of the cases into state-level proceedings.

Management

At Work, Expertise Is Falling Out of Favor

These days, it seems, just about all organizations are asking their employees to do more with less. Is that actually a good idea?

Health & Human Services

Hair Braiders Go to Court Over Licensing Requirements

Twenty-seven states do not require licenses for hair braiding, but in Louisiana braiders must complete 500 hours of hands-on training or risk $5,000 fines.

Management

The Lingering, Unresolved Battle Over Short-Term Rentals in One California City

Almost a year after San Diego first passed restrictions on rentals marketed on Airbnb and other platforms, only to rescind them months later, the issue is still unsettled. Now, it has moved to the state Legislature.

Public Safety

Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near You

COMMENTARY | A tech entrepreneur wants to track the residents of a high-crime American community.

Management

City in Florida Will Pay Hackers For Return of System Held Hostage For Three Weeks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York expands charitable bail funds … Former FBI agent indicted for investigation of former Missouri governor … Coalition forms to recall of Los Angeles mayor.