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.

Powerful Tornado Kills at Least 22 in Alabama

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Openly gay mayor brutally attacked … Sunday liquor sales OK’d by W.Va. governor … and vote nears on Tucson’s e-scooter pilot.

As Need Grows, States Try to Entice New Foster Parents

States are using new campaigns, including online ads, to recruit foster parents.

Time to Try Something New: Parliamentary State Government

COMMENTARY | If states truly are "laboratories of democracy," it is time one traded its legislature and governor for a parliament and prime minister.

Rescue Network Sends Southern Puppies North

As states ban retail pet sales, more and more dog rescue groups are seeing adoption opportunities in sending unwanted puppies and dogs from southern animal shelters to northern ones.

Federal Court Rejects State Worker Collective Bargaining Challenge

A childcare employee who brought the case tied her argument to last year's Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.

The States With the Best and Worst Levels of Well-Being

Gallup releases its latest index on the topic, based on over 100,000 survey responses.

Tolling Proposals in Connecticut Push Federal Officials Into ‘New Territory’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago mayoral primary results ... new fees proposed for Uber, Lyft rides in Los Angeles … and Colorado Springs vaping public health emergency.

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

COMMENTARY | A controversy in Arizona is a portent of future public-policy fights.