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How Voter Access Laws and Passion Brought People to the Polls

Ballot initiatives on issues like medical marijuana helped get out the vote last fall, as did measures like allowing same-day registration.

States Move to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Massachusetts lawmakers approved a bill to outlaw the therapy, which aims to change their sexual orientation, for young people.

Congress Could Could Move Quickly on Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Seven states submitted their agreements on March 19 with water officials asking for action before the end of April.

Utah Lawmakers Move to Restrict Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Denver teachers go on strike … Kansas’ low meningitis vaccination rate … and New Jersey’s 94-year-old mayor.

How a Ballot Initiative to Expand Medicaid in Utah May Be Denied

Republican lawmakers don’t want to fully implement a ballot initiative passed in November. One health-care advocate called it “trampling on … representative democracy.”

Tax Cuts, Whale Funding and Pay Bonuses Among the Priorities in Governors' Proposed Budgets

Across the U.S. governors are rolling out their spending plans for the upcoming fiscal cycle.

Reply-All Nightmare in Utah Offers Important Lessons for Any Large Organization

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas civil asset forfeitures … New Mexico anti-crime omnibus bill … and Philadelphia “good cause” eviction rules.

Medicaid Expansion Won Big on Election Day

Three out of four conservative states approved measures, while the election of a Democratic governor in Maine seemingly ends the Republican effort to block last year’s successful referendum.

Mayor Deployed to Afghanistan Killed in ‘Apparent Inside Attack’

Brent Taylor’s final Facebook post: “I hope everyone back home exercises their right to vote. We have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us."

Tough New DUI Law Brings Controversy

Later this year, Utah will become the first state to make it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .05 or higher, rather than the .08 standard all the other states use.

A Setback for Trump's Plan to Slash Public Lands

Environmentalists and tribes won an early legal advantage in their battle to protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Marijuana on the Ballot: What States Will Consider in November

Five states have marijuana-related ballot initiatives primed for the general election on Nov. 6.

Native Americans Fight Back at the Ballot Box

Registering voters in a majority Native American county.

More Counties Join PILT Class-Action Lawsuit Against the Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fact-checking Trump’s claims on Calif. wildfires … a big N.M. groundwater ruling … and Detroit’s dismal rental inspection compliance.

Federal Election Security Help Still Needed Ahead of Midterms

One state and one local official told a congressional committee that smaller jurisdictions require additional federal technical assistance for priority upgrades to voting equipment and security.

All 50 States Now Protect Public Breastfeeding

The Trump administration got headlines for trying to remove pro-breastfeeding language from a World Health Organization resolution, but in the U.S. the last two states this spring passed laws allowing public breastfeeding.

Another Drone Intrusion Grounds Aircraft Fighting Western Wildfires

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trillions of quagga mussels carpet Lake Michigan ... pulling back on San Francisco's citywide broadband ambitions … and New Mexico’s brain drain.