Tensions Flare Over a Proposal to Strengthen Public Sector Unions

Amid clashes with an activist group and fallout from a Supreme Court ruling, unions in Oregon are backing legislation that local governments see as “impossible” to fully implement.

Surprise Medical Billing: Some States Ahead of Feds

Nine states have laws to stop unexpected, out-of-network medical bills.

How a Highway Widening In This City Could Lead to Congestion Pricing

Residents of the Oregon city known for its resistance to the car are rallying against a proposal to widen the interstate. Instead, some say the solution should be tolls.

Shelter Animals Become Official State Pets

To highlight the availability of adoptable animals at shelters, lawmakers in several states are giving them a special status.

Supreme Court to Review Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trying to pay people wrongly accused of fraud in Michigan ... An ongoing petrochemical fire in Texas ... Books and the mayor in Baltimore.

Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

Twenty-eight states have passed laws penalizing people for misrepresenting their pets as service dogs, with two more considering legislation this spring.

Why Engaging Young People Is Vital For City Leaders

“Mayors are figuring out that if you do not have kids at the table ... you’re probably not a very good mayor.”

A Push to Rework How Buildings Are Declared Historic

The legislation, proposed in Oregon, would implement a public process for historic designation and provide tax credits for rehab work.

Why Eating Roadkill Makes Roads Safer for People and Animals

States are legalizing roadkill salvaging to feed communities and track animal migration.

A New Call to Scrap Portland’s Unusual Form of Government

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would shutter Syracuse freeway … Palo Alto parking garage proposal scrutinized … and Massachusetts vaporizer tax.

Portlanders Don’t Hesitate to Call 911 About ‘Unwanted’ Persons

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.M. governor pulls National Guard troops from border … legal challenge to Idaho Medicaid expansion fails … and shortest commutes.

Logging, Money Battles Delay Wildfire Prevention Work

While the U.S. Forest Service is trying to work with states on projects to lower fire damage, more money is needed to comply with President Trump's "active management" mandate for public lands.

Oregon Lawmakers Want to Outlaw Pet Rent

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Miss. official vs. civil service protections … Upstate N.Y. village’s bombastic mayor … Minn. in no hurry to authorize AV testing.

What Truckers Want in Exchange for Interstate Tolls

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Sheltering the homeless amid bitter cold … Helena mayor’s journey to city hall from Liberia … and N.Y. governor cuts municipal aid.

How the Humble Home Water Heater Could Play a Big Role in Energy Storage

A pilot study in the Pacific Northwest shows the promise of “the unexpected battery in your basement.”

Piloting Internet Paid for in Cryptocurrency

Proponents say incentivized mesh networks offer cheaper, faster service stood up by local entrepreneurs, civic hackers or homeowners associations.

Washington Voters Approve Ban on Local Soda and Grocery Taxes

The initiative drew over $20 million of support from soft drink companies and others. A similar proposal in Oregon failed.

Soda Makers, Grocers Dump Millions Into Anti-Tax Ballot Initiatives

Washington and Oregon voters will decide on measures that would prohibit certain taxes on sugary drinks and grocery businesses.