Preventing Discrimination Against Preventive HIV Medication

A proposal before the Maine Legislature would forbid life insurance companies from denying coverage to people who take medication to prevent HIV.

One State May Become the First to Ban Law Enforcement Use of Genealogy Databases

A Utah state representative said he believes lawmakers are prepared to continue their “strong record of protecting individual privacy.”

Black Americans Mostly Left Behind by Progress Since Dr. King’s Death

COMMENTARY | Today’s black poverty rate of 21% is almost three times that of whites.

New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’

Drivers with ice and snow on their car risk fines in some states.

Thousands Rally for Gun Rights at Virginia Protest

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida Supreme Court rules on voting fines … Taxpayer bill of rights proposed in New Mexico … South Dakota may criminalize providing transgender healthcare to minors.

How States and Localities Could Spur More Companies to Share Profits With Their Workers

A new report says profit sharing and employee ownership can benefit both companies and workers, recommending state and local policies to help support these business models.

State Can’t Ban Ads for Discount Booze, Appeals Court Rules

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Missouri restrictions on alcohol advertising violated the First Amendment.

A Tourism Campaign Centered on a Lack of Tourists

In its 2020 advertising campaign, North Dakota urges travelers to "follow your curiosity—not the crowds," a nod to the state's wide-open landscape and sparsely populated attractions.

Seniors’ Sweet Tax Breaks Have Become a Target

In most states, seniors pay less income tax than younger people. Is that fair?

Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Dream Comes True in Kansas

A Democratic governor coaxed a Republican legislative leader into backing Medicaid expansion after years of opposition. Could this be a model for Washington?

Tennessee Passes Measure Allowing Adoption Agencies to Deny Gay Couples

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Virginia passes Equal Rights Amendment … Utah governor stops distribution of condoms with local puns … Rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti file lawsuit against Mississippi prisons.

Bike Share Programs Are On the Rise, Yet the Gender Gap Persists

COMMENTARY | Bike sharing was once proposed as a solution to narrow the cycling gender gap—but it may be further widening this gap.

Proposal Could Impose Higher Taxes on Companies With Large CEO-Worker Pay Gaps

A California Senate committee approved a bill meant to address big pay disparities between corporate executives and employees.

FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

The FBI changed its policy to allow agents to inform both state and local election officials when election systems are breached.

Deploying Body-Worn Cameras in a County Jail

A sheriff's office in Wyoming recently began using body-worn cameras on deputies working inside the county jail, the first in the state to test the technology in a correctional setting.

A State Could Open Up a Window for Adult Sex Abuse Survivors to Sue Over Old Allegations

Legislation introduced in the New York state legislature would create a one-year period for people to file lawsuits in cases where the statute of limitations has expired.

Property Taxes Sink Farmland Owners

As farmland continues to increase in value, even amid declining farm prices and weather woes, farmers see their tax bills rise.

American Housing Is Insane

COMMENTARY | Approximately half of the Manhattan luxury-condo units that have come onto the market in the past five years are still unsold.

Cities Will Save Democracy, but Only If We Measure It

COMMENTARY | Cities have become the gatekeepers of democracy. Creating a new index to measure democracy in cities may help save the institution globally.

They Were Promised Broadband and High-Tech Jobs. They’re Still Waiting.

Kentucky’s plan to bring broadband to remote parts of the state has sputtered and its future looks increasingly bleak. State leaders told rural residents it would create better business opportunities. But instead, they keep getting left behind.