The governors of Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana ordered National Guard members at recruitment centers to be armed after deadly shootings at two Chattanooga, Tennessee, facilities raised questions about troops’ safety on home soil.
Medicaid now covers about a third of California residents, as 2.3 million people have enrolled after the state expanded the program. A record number of people who would have previously qualified for the health insurance program for low-income residents also have signed up.
North Dakota already is set to assume the duties and costs of some counties’ social services programs, but the legislature is now looking at expanding the concept statewide as part of an effort to reduce property taxes, which normally fund such programs.
Smoking pot while driving a car has been legal in Washington for more than two years. That changes this fall when a new state law banning loose joints, open bags and food made with marijuana goes into effect.
Since Florida changed its written driver’s license test in January, just 41 percent of test-takers have passed it — with failure rates as high as 80 percent in some counties. Lawmakers approved the new, hourlong test in 2014 because the accident rate for teen drivers in the state had been getting worse.
Chicago will have the highest sales tax of any major U.S. city once a Cook County, Illinois, penny-on-the-dollar increase goes into effect Jan. 1. That will push Chicago above four Alabama cities, including Montgomery, where the rate is 10 percent, and Seattle, where the rate is 9.5 percent.
States such as Virginia have begun to examine their use of solitary confinement in state prisons. But in Maryland, advocates are stumbling in the dark. They don’t have solid information on how often prisoners are isolated, and bills that would require the prison system to report such data have gone nowhere in the General Assembly.
Ohio has put “for sale” signs on 20 properties it no longer needs, including a prison on 100 acres, a mental-health facility and a 22-story office tower in Toledo.
The City of Lehi and its high-tech industry want to jump to the front of the line for transportation projects, arguing the state is reneging on promised work used to lure companies to Utah’s “silicon slopes.”
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association, which oversees high school and middle school athletics, says a new law that lets home-schoolers play on district student sports teams is confusing and conflicts with the membership requirements.
A proposed Pennsylvania law would require strip clubs and other adult entertainment venues to register their employees’ personal information and would ban the sale of liquor in the clubs. Supporters say the measure helps prevent human trafficking and protect women, but opponents argue it violates employees’ privacy and is a veiled attempt to stamp out adult establishments.
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