State government

How a State Police Agency Goes Viral (and Maybe Teaches People How to Drive)

The Colorado State Patrol develops relationships with the community and grows its online presence by posting humorous topical videos, a project spearheaded by one of its public information officers.

Socking Away Money for the Bad Times Requires Strategic State Practices

The Volcker Alliance report grades states on their reserve fund balances and policies and makes 10 recommendations for how states can control withdrawals from rainy day funds, replenish spent funds, and address revenue volatility.

Feds Don't Regulate Election Equipment, So States Are On Their Own

Election technology companies design voting machines. But are they secure?

A State Opts to Use Added Online Sales Tax Revenue to Offer Income Tax Cuts

Wisconsin will soon begin collecting sales taxes from companies that provide online marketplaces for other vendors.

Planning Transportation Projects Using 'Ultrasound for Roads'

A research partnership between the University of Arkansas and the state's Department of Transportation uses seismic imaging to help officials visualize the earth beneath the ground.

Ending Natural Hair Discrimination

Measures at both the state and local level seek to protect natural hairstyles that African Americans are sometimes asked to change.

When a Kid's Lemonade Stand is Illegal

Children's lemonade stands are technically prohibited in 34 states. Several state legislatures are considering proposals to change that.

State Savings Policies Evolve Amid a Decade of Economic Growth

The amount states have in reserve is at a high mark and savings practices have become more sophisticated. But lawmakers are at times still drawn to tap the large pots of money.

These Police Can't Use Radar and Changing That Could Be an Uphill Battle

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where local police departments can't use speed-detecting radar. Multiple bills aim to give them access.

State Lawmakers Seek to Close Marital Rape Prosecution Loopholes

Marital rape is technically illegal in all 50 states, but some have legal exemptions that make it difficult to prosecute offenders.

DNA Evidence Will be Stored for 50 Years Under New State Law

The policy aims to give victims of sexual assault and prosecutors ample time to track down and convict offenders.

Supreme Court’s Gerrymander Decision Shifts Fight Back to States

Reformers are likely to focus on independent commissions and transparency efforts to overhaul partisan gerrymandering before maps are redrawn in 2021.

States Authorize Ridesharing for Medical Transport

Medicaid recipients in Arizona can now use Lyft to travel to non-emergency medical appointments, with similar laws on the way in Florida and Texas.

Trump Has Blessed States’ Exploration Of Importing Drugs. Will It Catch On?

Frustration among consumers — especially those shouldering greater portions of their health bills through high-deductible health plans — is putting pressure on federal and state officials.

Preventing Porch Piracy

Lawmakers in multiple states are considering legislation to increase penalties for mail thieves who steal packages and other deliveries from porches and mailboxes.

'Pay to Play:' State Legislature Considers Compensation for College Athletes

Under proposed legislation in California, college athletes could be paid for the use of their names, images or likenesses.

The Pros and Cons of 'Banning the Box'

New Mexico became the 12th state to prohibit private employers from asking about criminal records on job applications, a practice designed to reduce recidivism by helping ex-offenders gain employment.

States Move Ahead With Digital License Plates

Maryland is the latest state to launch a pilot program to test the technology for consumer use.

Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments Gain Clearer Path to Federal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned a precedent that has pushed many of the cases into state-level proceedings.