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Tightening Requirements for Vaccine Exemptions

Under a new law in California, state public health officials will have final authority over the validity of children's medical exemptions for vaccinations.

In Arid Corner of the West, Plan For 140-Mile Water Pipeline Stirs Debate

Leaders in the St. George region of Utah see a pending water pipeline as crucial for accommodating booming population growth. Critics say it’s risky and unnecessary.

How This State Is Using a 'Netflix Model' to Treat More People for Hepatitis C

Louisiana partnered with a pharmaceutical company to provide hepatitis C treatment to Medicaid and incarcerated patients at a fixed cost.

‘It's All Up in The Air’: California’s Gig Worker Bill Promises Big Shifts for Truckers

What the bill will mean for Uber and Lyft has drawn attention. But the trucking industry is bracing for changes as well.

A New Law Aims to Help Drivers with Autism Prevent Miscommunication with Police

Texas drivers with communication impediments, such as autism, now have the option to disclose their condition to the DMV.

This State's Parks are Full of 'Happy Little Trees'

A partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Bob Ross Inc. brought in new volunteers to help with reforestation efforts.

States Should Look Beyond Economic Incentives When Attracting Businesses

COMMENTARY | The executive director of the Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s Office of Economic Development on what state leaders should be thinking about.

State Legislation Setting Strict ‘Gig’ Worker Rules Nears Passage

The requirements in the California bill are drawing the ire of tech companies like Uber and Lyft.

States Should Look to Nurse Practitioners to Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

COMMENTARY | Nurse practitioners can help fill provider shortages and provide treatment to individuals addicted to opioids.

A Statewide Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan becomes the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency rule, saying the products are marketed toward children.

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States With the Most Cost-Efficient Highways

The Reason Foundation’s annual highway report gives high marks to North Dakota, Virginia and Missouri for good road conditions and low spending on highway and bridge maintenance.

Teaching Consent as Part of Sex Ed

Sex ed classes in Illinois schools must include a lesson on consent under a state law that goes into effect in January.

When a Cougar Comes to Town

There have been reports of a big cat lurking in Washington’s capital city. A state agency is looking into the sightings.

The Right to Bear Nunchucks

Arizona residents can legally possess nunchucks, now that a new state law has gone into effect.

Leveraging Technology to Clear Criminal Records

Cook County, Illinois, will automatically expunge low-level convictions for marijuana offenses using software from Code for America.

Unemployment Uptick May Signal State Recessions

Minnesota and North Carolina may already be in a recession.

Some States Are Seizing Leftover Money on Gift Cards to Boost Their Budgets

Strapped for cash, state governments are plugging holes using unspent gift cards. Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

Inside One School District's Virtual Classroom

In West Virginia, state law allows K-12 schools to offer virtual curriculum while maintaining their levels of per-pupil funding.

The Latest State to Prohibit Smoking in Cars With Minors

In Illinois, people smoking in a car carrying a child can now face fines up to $250. At least nine other states have similar policies.