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Laura Maggi

Management

Wisconsin’s Outgoing Governor OKs Bills to Limit Executive Powers of His Successor

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers criticized the legislation as ignoring "the will of the people."

Health & Human Services

Fears Raised of ‘Chilling Effect’ on Kids If Trump Proposal Is Adopted

Changes to the “public charge” rule could make it harder for immigrants to secure green cards if they seek government services like Medicaid.

Health & Human Services

Report on Uninsured Children in the U.S. Shows Distressing Trend

“With an improving economy and a very low unemployment rate, the fact that our nation is going backwards on children’s health coverage is very troubling,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families.

Management

Building a Program to Help Young Men Find Work in St. Louis

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Michael P. McMillan, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis president and CEO

Health & Human Services

A Growing Need for Aging-in-Place Services in Suburbs and Rural Areas

A new Harvard study found that the share of older adults living in low-density metro census tracts grew by more than 6 million people from 2000 to 2016.

Management

With Teacher Sexual Misconduct, Making Sure ‘Bad Apples Get Weeded Out’

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER | Tara Bergfeld, principal legislative research assistant, Tennessee Comptroller’s Office

Management

Austin's Paid Sick-Leave Law Scrapped by Court

A three-judge panel found the city ordinance essentially regulated workers’ wages, which Texas law mandates can only be done by the state.

Management

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.

Management

Confronting the Costs of Coastal Land Loss

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Mathew Sanders, Resilience Program and Policy Administrator, Office of Community Development, Disaster Recovery Unit, State of Louisiana

Management

Florida Voters Restore Voting Rights to Felons

Under Amendment 4, most people convicted of a felony will have their voting rights restored once their sentences are done, including completing parole.

Management

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.

Finance

Marijuana Retail Sales See Biggest Month to Date in Colorado

But experts caution pot tax revenue doesn’t necessarily solve state budget problems.

Health & Human Services

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Ruling on Lead Paint Remediation

A coalition of cities and counties sued manufacturers under the state’s “public nuisance” law. They have won a $400 million fund to help treat housing.

Public Safety

Washington Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty

The justices found racial bias in the imposition of capital punishment by juries.

Tech & Data

State AGs Want FCC Action on ‘Neighbor Spoofing’

These types of robocall scams “cannot be tolerated,” 35 state attorneys general wrote the Federal Communications Commission.

Management

Considering Whether a Federal Age Discrimination Law Applies to Small Public Agencies

A Supreme Court case looks at whether the law prohibiting employers from discriminating on the basis of age applies to a small fire district in Arizona.

Public Safety

Waiting for What Florence’s Floodwaters Will Bring Next in the Carolinas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio’s background check difficulties … New York City’s open data updates … and Florida’s new fight against algae blooms.

Public Safety

Making Rescue Volunteers Part of the Official Response

A rescue website developed during Hurricane Harvey—and in use again during Hurricane Florence—wants to work more directly with local governments.