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Bill Lucia

Bill Lucia
Bill Lucia is a Senior Reporter for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master's in public administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs.
Infrastructure

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.

Management

‘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.

Management

Appeals Court Overturns State Restrictions on Political Robocalls

Montana’s attorney general is reviewing the decision to see if an appeal is possible, or if lawmakers will need to take action.

Management

Union Organizing Emails May Be Subject to Disclosure After State High Court Ruling

A group often at odds with government labor unions says the case sets an important precedent for when correspondence about union activities is public record.

Management

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.

Management

D.C. Mayor Argues for Statehood Ahead of Congressional Hearing

“This is taxation without representation, in practice, in the capital of the free world,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

Health & Human Services

Hospital Closures in Rural Areas Linked With Uptick in Inpatient Deaths, Study Finds

New research focused on California finds that hospital closures in urban areas didn’t have the same effect.

Finance

Legal Challenge Over $14 Billion in State Debt Is Sidelined For Now

A judge has blocked the Illinois case from proceeding, but the think tank CEO who brought it says he plans to appeal.

Public Safety

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.

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Infrastructure

City Sued Over Sidewalk Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The plaintiffs in the case want Philadelphia to take steps to upgrade ramps and cut down on obstructions.

Finance

Voters in One City to Decide On an Unusual Pension Funding Proposal

A pending ballot proposition in Phoenix calls for imposing strict limits on city spending until funding for the city’s retirement programs reaches a certain threshold.

Infrastructure

Envisioning What’s Next for a Dead Stretch of Downtown Freeway

Akron’s planning director says there’s a chance that what’s now a “concrete trench” could one day become a park.

Public Safety

A Mayor Proposes That Gun Owners Carry Insurance For Their Weapons

The proposal from San Jose, California Mayor Sam Liccardo veers into complicated terrain, where past efforts have failed.

Management

Census Bureau Begins to Ramp Up Field Operations for 2020 Count

The bureau plans to send out thousands of workers to verify addresses in the weeks ahead.

Management

Voters in One State to Decide on Allowing Affirmative Action

Washington in the 1990s restricted the practice by state government. That could soon change, depending on the results of an upcoming referendum.