STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas civil asset forfeitures … New Mexico anti-crime omnibus bill … and Philadelphia “good cause” eviction rules.
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.
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."
The state is currently in the depths of a drought.
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.
Record low water levels leads to an appeal to conserve supplies.
Environmentalists and tribes won an early legal advantage in their battle to protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Five states have marijuana-related ballot initiatives primed for the general election on Nov. 6.
Registering voters in a majority Native American county.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distribution of the kits is an extension of a previous push to train library staff to spot the signs of an opioid overdose and administer naloxone directly to library patrons in distress.
The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.
“This issue is of great concern to communities throughout the West,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee. “Increasingly, these communities find themselves as targets of overly zealous federal law-enforcement operations.”
New law builds on earlier steps toward better fiscal management
"We find ourselves continually having to ask the federal government: ‘Mother may I?’” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.
As Congress stares down yet another deadline, state leaders once again may have to decide whether to open their own wallets to protect their local tourism industries.
WEEKEND NEWS ROUNDUP: Baltimore mayor fires police chief; student loan forgiveness for volunteer firefighters; regional flu variations; and mixed reviews for Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.
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