Are State-Mandated Quotas for Women on Corporate Boards Effective?

In 2018, California passed a bill requiring companies to have at least one woman on their board. A mid-year report shows just how hard that law will be to enforce.


California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change

“Each degree of warming causes way more fire than the previous degree of warming did. And that’s a really big deal.”


To Save a Neighborhood, Ban a Dollar Store?

Some local governments hope that more grocery stores will blossom in “food deserts” if the number of discount convenience retailers can be limited.

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Improving Program Integrity by Optimizing the Benefit Verification Process

Government agencies with beneficiary-centric missions face a constant challenge: How do they balance providing benefits and payments promptly to help those in need of assistance while simultaneously guarding against improper payments?


Voting by Phone Is Easy. But Is It Secure?

Next year, Democrats in two states can caucus using their phones.


Republicans in Oregon Launch Recall Effort of Democratic Governor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mayors testify before Congress about climate change … Alaska legislators sue the governor over education funding … Jury finds former governor of Iowa discriminated against gay state official.


Federal Agencies Heads Are Shifting Power Toward States

Federal officials have had too much discretion to institute their personal policy preferences, administration officials say.

Public Safety

How One City Dramatically Cut Its Murder Rate

With a focus on community policing and engagement with neighborhood groups, Aurora, Illinois has become a model for cities across the country.


Three States File Lawsuit Over Federal Rules Blocking SALT Workaround

Treasury and the IRS last month prohibited charitable contribution programs meant to provide taxpayers a way around a cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes.


Getting Ready for Federal Disaster Mitigation Money

COMMENTARY | Local government officials need plans for when Community Development Block Grant dollars begin to flow.


Can Protecting Land Promote Employment?

COMMENTARY | In New England, the answer is yes.


Why Electric Scooters Companies Are Getting Serious About Safety

Lime has joined rival Bird in establishing a safety advisory board tasked with helping the e-scooter industry shape local regulations—and shake its risky reputation.

Health & Human Services

States Diverge on Transgender Health Care

Iowa’s new law denies coverage for transition services, but Maine will allow it.


California Eliminates Student Debt for Doctors Who Will Serve Medi-Cal Patients

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No charges brought against NYPD officer in Eric Garner’s death … San Diego passes measure for gun lock ups … Indiana declares disaster over crop yield.

Public Safety

Appeals Court: DOJ Can Hand Out Police Grants Based on Immigration Enforcement

A federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration can effectively penalize sanctuary cities by awarding preference points for COPS grants to jurisdictions that cooperate with federal immigration authorities.


Black Homeownership Hits A 50-Year Low

The gap between white and black homeownership has also remained largely the same since the 1960s, despite economic and political gains that African Americans have achieved since then.


Why Local Governments Are Considering Balloon Release Bans

Releasing balloons is tantamount to littering, according to one Maryland elected official.


As Flood Risks Increase, It's Time to Recognize the Limits of Levees

COMMENTARY | Levees shield farms and towns from flooding, but they also create risk.

Public Safety

Judges Can’t Decide Whether Freedom Extends to Your Car

Officers have wide discretion when they pull over motorists. And the courts keep giving them more.