White House Snubs Disaster Relief Funds Proposed in House Bill

The $14 billion package lawmakers passed this week appears to be going nowhere fast—at least for now.

Signs of Rising Support From Governors For Legal Pot, As AG Nominee Vows Not to Crack Down

An advocacy group notes a “dramatic shift” in elected officials' views on marijuana. U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr says it's time for Congress to take action on the issue.

Florida’s New Governor Wants to Oust Another Local Official

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Albuquerque crime decrease … Baltimore’s new online nudge … and “thorny” questions about marijuana legalization in New York.

The FBI Is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software

The software allows the FBI to go through video surveillance footage much faster than agents can.

How States Responded to the Loss of 911 and Other Services

CenturyLink’s recent outage is being investigated by at least two states, in addition to the FCC.

A California Court Finds Social Media Posts Aren’t a First Amendment Right

In this case involving a juvenile on probation, the court found a “narrowly tailored” limit on social media use was legal for rehabilitation purposes.

Could a Supreme Court Decision Entitle 2,000 Oklahoma Inmates to New Trials?

ANALYSIS | Roughly half of the state could be designated as reservation land. No one’s sure what that would mean for Native inmates whose crimes occurred within those boundaries.

’Tis the Season for One of the Most Underreported Crimes

Package thefts aren’t a new problem for police departments, some of which are using creative tactics in order to nab “porch pirates.”

Trump’s School-Safety Commission’s Strange Focus on Discipline

The administration wants to keep schools safe by ditching rules meant to prevent racial bias in school discipline.

Police Layoffs Likely in Houston After Judge’s Pay-Parity Ruling

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma’s unaccredited teachers … Connecticut’s new budget chief … and New Mexico’s backlog in unpaid film incentives.

Crime and Murder Rates Drop in Most Big Cities

While the trend isn’t universal, Brennan Center for Justice research findings “definitively reject any claims” of the nation being in a “crime wave.”

Jails May Not Be Able to Hold Juveniles Pretrial Much Longer

Local governments would have three years to find space for youths elsewhere, space a recent UCLA Law School report argues already exists.

States Passed 67 New Gun Control Laws in 2018

The laws ranged from bans on bump stocks to allowing authorities to use "red flag" laws to temporarily disarm potentially violent people.

Considering Diversity in Snow-Day Decisionmaking

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A giant middle finger sculpture rises in Vermont … Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee’s “clean energy smart deal” … and speeding up N.Y.’s sluggish subways.

Microsoft: Tech Companies Must Regulate Their Use of Facial Recognition

The company addresses technology that has been criticized by civil libertarians and others.

Ending Weed Prohibition Hasn’t Stopped Drug Crimes

Marijuana legalization was supposed to decrease crime—but the reality is more complicated.

Evacuation Center Needs Time to Recover From Disaster Recovery

Hundreds of Kīlauea lavaflow evacuees ended up at a recently built rec center on the Big Island. Now it needs to close for months of repairs.

Arsonist Attempts to Set Mayor’s SUV on Fire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State capitals in transition … Denver’s proposed e-scooter rule changes … and W.Va. first responder vaccinations.