Campaign to Automatically Expunge Criminal Convictions Targets States

“This is the epitome of the failed big government system, the criminal justice system,” said the senior vice president of Koch Industries, an advocate in the fight to expunge and seal criminal records.

Electric Scooters Have Been Burned, Buried and Butchered. They’re About to Be Regulated.

Lots of state lawmakers are looking at taking up the issue of the popular—and, to some, problematic—transportation option during their upcoming sessions.

A Bipartisan Legislative Initiative to Address a Bleak State Budget Situation

COMMENTARY | Any fiscal expert looking at New Jersey’s budget situation would quickly come to the conclusion that the underfunded pension system is the place to start, the state’s former comptroller and budget director says.

After Midterms, Democrats Now Hold a Majority of State AG Offices

“They’ve been very aggressive, banding together across state lines to challenge a variety of policies,” one expert said about Democratic responses to the Trump administration.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s War on Gerrymandering Is Just Beginning

The former California governor helped support multiple ballot measures this year that will change how legislative districts are drawn. He already has his eye on more reforms in 2020.

From Pensions to Pot, Lawmakers Outline Post-Election Priorities

“I think this is where the action is going to be,” says one expert, referring to state legislatures in the coming months.

Some State and Local Election Results You May Have Missed

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minimum wage increases … firefighter pay parity … transgender protections … and school vouchers.

Despite Democratic Gains, GOP Still Dominant in State Legislatures

Republicans now hold about two dozen more state legislative chambers around the U.S. than Democrats.

Mixed Results for Democrats in Battleground Governors Races

Democrats picked up seven seats, but also lost a few competitive races.

Effort to Kneecap Gas Tax Revenue Fails in California

A source of transportation funding in the state has been preserved.

Michigan Voters OK Proposal to Overhaul State’s Redistricting Process

Previous GOP-led district-drawing efforts gave Republicans an advantage in congressional and state legislative races.

1 in 55 U.S. Adults Is on Probation or Parole

Better strategies can cut that rate while protecting public safety, decreasing drug misuse, and reducing incarceration

Supreme Court Makes Decision in Age-Discrimination Case

All state and local governments, even very small ones, are subject to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Here’s What’s Holding Up Florida’s Shift to Year-Round Daylight Saving Time

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Food pantries see more demand … San Antonio short-term rental vote ... dairy woes … and Colo. governor’s final state budget.

Minority Voters Could Have a ‘Cascading Effect’ on Elections in These States

But both political parties historically have been ineffective at engaging people of color.