From defiance to exploiting legal loopholes, municipalities are trying everything to get around state preemption laws and maintain local authority.
Some insurance regulators agitate for power to regulate plans to ensure consumers are protected.
Officials in Hawaii, for good reason, want you to steer clear of the danger zone on the Big Island. But a location on the mainland shows what can happen when lava oozes across the landscape.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Lansing awarded prize most cities don’t want … D.C. food truck regulatory apology … Tenn. short-term rental bill … and Colo. DOT’s marijuana study.
"We find ourselves continually having to ask the federal government: ‘Mother may I?’” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.
States say earmarks unclog the wheels of government. But what about wasteful spending?
Western states rich in coal, oil and natural gas—among them Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana—already rely heavily on those industries and have had their budgets hit hard in recent years by falling energy prices.
WATCH: The state’s IT secretary, Darryl Ackley, discusses the huge decisionpoint for states on building a nationwide public safety broadband network, and his focus on “trying to future-proof” his agency.
One board member asks: “Don’t people have the right to not take medical advice if they don’t want to?”
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Oklahoma’s mercury-in-fish lake list grows; Philly neighborhood sees increased flooding; and N.C. Republicans seek more revenge on Cooper.
A cannabis company believes the pot industry could save tribal nations from poverty. But many argue it would only make a drug problem worse.
In Arkansas, 61 percent of all children get their health insurance coverage through the program. How does your state or local area compare?
Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Florida pre-emption proposal rankles local officials; California’s new cigarette taxes; and fed-up citizens in St. Paul take action on trash.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: San Diego police deploy mouth-swab marijuana tests; tracking drowned snorkelers in Hawaii; and Georgia county weighs ‘tiny houses’ regulations.
Mayors face a "common set of challenges" and benefit from sharing their experiences and insights of how they're dealing with major policy challenges, like reducing homelessness in their cities.
America’s byways are dotted with boarded-up motels, but in New Mexico’s largest city, the old El Vado is set to be transformed through a public-private partnership.
An explosion caused by cat litter at a storage site in the New Mexico desert was just the beginning.
A brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts indicates the approach has been successful.
Unless carbon emissions plummet soon, the risk of a region-altering disaster in Arizona and New Mexico will exceed 99 percent.
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