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Climate Change Warming Great Lakes Region Faster, a New Report Says

Experts say accelerating renewable energy development, energy efficiency programs and electric vehicle adoption is critical in the Midwest.

Moving a State Agency Out of the Capital City

North Carolina plans to relocate its Division of Motor Vehicles from booming Raleigh to lagging Rocky Mount. Can this be a national model for decentralizing power?

Political Candidates Don’t Always Tell the Truth (And You Can’t Make Them)

States have tried to prohibit candidates from telling lies in political advertisements. But the experience in Montana and other states shows that isn't so easy.

Uneven State Juvenile Record Laws Cause Uneven Youth Outcomes

A marijuana possession conviction as a juvenile goes away in Rhode Island but not without a fight in Idaho.

State Fuel Tax Doesn't Apply to Tribe, Supreme Court Rules

The Yakama Nation's treaty with the United States exempts a tribal company from the tax, according to the high court's decision.

As Home-Cooked Cottage-Food Industry Grows, States Work to Keep Up

Some states have embraced "food freedom" laws that exempt home producers from many food-safety laws.

California Governor on Opportunity Zones: ‘I hope it’s not just to make a quick buck.’

State and local leaders and investors gathered to discuss the economic development program on Monday.

Why HR Managers Should Be Partnering With State Governments

Legislatures are taking up important issues of key interest to companies and their employees.

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.

Maryland Races to Be First State to Ban Foam Containers and Cups

The clock is ticking on a compromise bill that either Gov. Larry Hogan will sign or both chambers might pass with veto-proof majorities.

States See Sales Tax Growth After Supreme Court Ruling

South Dakota v. Wayfair opened the door for new collections from online retailers, with several states currently considering plans.

State AGs Call Out Congress on Robocalls

Attorneys general are urging Congress to pass legislation cracking down on spam calls.

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.

Some Sunscreens May Kill Corals. Should They Be Banned?

Some scientists say there’s not enough data to limit sunscreen that may be harmful to corals.

Considering a State Bank for Local Governments

Proponents say it could help with infrastructure financing, particularly for smaller jurisdictions. Bankers are skeptical.

'Free College' Is Increasingly Popular—and Complicated for States

At least 15 states now cover two-year or four-year college tuition for some students.

Where Unpaid Water Bills Can Mean Losing a Home

Some cities slap liens on homes for unpaid bills, then sell those liens to the highest bidder.