Nevada state Democratic Party spokeswoman Molly Forgey confirmed that the political technology company Shadow Inc., which was responsible for developing the problem-plagued Iowa caucus app, also developed two apps for Nevada’s upcoming caucus. The party terminated its relationship with Shadow and is looking into alternatives for its upcoming caucus.
The Virginia House passed legislation to ban offshore drilling on the state’s coast and prohibit the state from endorsing offshore gas or oil developments in federal waters. The Senate approved a similar measure last week, and the bill will now move onto the governor’s desk for signature.
California voters will get the chance to consider rent control on the November ballot, just two years after they soundly rejected it. The initiative takes aim at the 25-year-old Costa Hawkins Rental Act, which limits the ability of local governments to establish rent control in buildings constructed after 1995 and in single-family homes and condos.
After recent deadly violence in Mississippi prisons, lawmakers seem to agree among their top priorities this session must be reducing the size of the 19,000-inmate population. That’s no easy fix, though, if past efforts are any indication.
A bill that would leave it to local governments to regulate electric scooters cleared the Georgia Senate. The measure defines the devices that have overtaken Atlanta and some other cities across the state. But it does not impose statewide rules of the road or other regulations.
A proposal that could allow Nebraska’s legislature to expand from 49 to 55 senators hit a wave of opposition, primarily from Democratic senators in the officially nonpartisan legislature.
North Dakota could see a rise in workers’ compensation claims if marijuana is legalized, the state’s workplace safety agency told lawmakers. Backers of two proposed resident-led initiatives that aim to make the drug legal for recreational use are gathering signatures to get them on the ballot this year.
New York City’s police commissioner blamed the state’s new bail law for a sharp rise last month in serious crimes, warning again that the law allows violent criminals to go free. But supporters of the law responded that it was far too early to draw any conclusions, saying that the data was being framed in politically irresponsible ways.
Indiana teachers who carry guns in schools would need to undergo annual training under a proposal advancing in the state legislature. The state Senate voted 42-7 in favor of the bill that specifies a 40-hour training program for teachers volunteering to be armed.
Hawaii’s largest electric company is increasingly concerned that a cloud may be forming over the state’s efforts to develop a carbon-free energy economy. Large-scale solar and wind projects have spawned large demonstrations and lawsuits, as residents increasingly say government officials aren’t heeding their concerns.
Washington state legislators are considering whether to remove “congestion relief” and “improved freight mobility” from their transportation goals. A House bill supported by the Washington State Department of Transportation would adopt a more holistic view, instead of pushing for more lane expansions as congestion problems arise.
Faith leaders and Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation to create a state-based rent subsidy program for low-income Minnesotans that they say could bring hundreds of thousands of people out of homelessness. But with a $1 billion-a-year price tag, the plan faces tough odds during the upcoming legislative session that convenes next week.
Dozens of Maryland children who have been removed from their families have languished in medical hospitals or on psychiatric units, often for weeks at a time, even though they are not sick, injured or mentally ill. One such child was kept in a hospital for 636 days, according to a report from the Maryland Department of Human Services.
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