A Kentucky judge has granted a request to block the enforcement of abortion bans amid a lawsuit. That means abortions there continue to be legal for now.
Delaware Democratic Gov. John Carney signed two election bills, enabling Delawareans to register to vote on Election Day and to vote by mail. Both immediately drew a court challenge on constitutional grounds filed by the state Republican Party chair.
Ending an ectopic pregnancy doesn’t constitute an abortion, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, wrote in an advisory opinion. Opponents of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution have argued that its passage could implicate such pregnancies.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, will sign a bill giving state recognition to Alaska’s 229 federally recognized Native tribes, the Alaska Federation of Natives said. State recognition is not expected to affect tribes’ legal relations with the state, but supporters have said it is an important symbolic statement by the state, which has historically fought efforts by tribes to exert their sovereignty.
The hotly contested fight over who gets to pick up the trash in Jackson, Mississippi, may come down to an interpretation of state law. The law calls for governments to accept the “lowest and best” bid, but sometimes those two words may be in conflict, according to statute interpretations.
MA: A quirk in the calendar, legislative foot-dragging gives Massachusetts governor heightened end-of-session power
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker may be the most powerful person on Beacon Hill right now. Thanks to a legal quirk, a quickly evaporating calendar, and its logjam of unfinished work, the legislature has ensured the Republican governor will — again — wield extraordinary influence over what becomes law despite both chambers’ Democratic supermajority, this time in the governor’s final session.
Thousands of South Carolinians will get one-time cash bump this year after lawmakers agreed to send $1 billion back to taxpayers.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, and the Idaho legislature will decide what to do with the surplus when the 2023 legislative session convenes in January.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican, has certified the state’s abortion ban, one day after the new law was verified by the state’s attorney general. Wyoming was one of 13 states with a bill outlawing abortion post-Roe.
A new bill seeks to put safeguards in place by creating a statewide system in Michigan to track when jailhouse informants testify and benefits they receive in exchange, helping to ensure that prosecutors and defense attorneys have information relevant to the informant’s credibility and defendants get fair trials. Since 2018, at least eight men whose cases involved jailhouse informants have had their convictions overturned in Michigan.
The Ohio Supreme Court has re-implemented a mask mandate for visitors, hours after health officials in Columbus and Franklin County issued a mask advisory in response to locally rising COVID-19 numbers.
It’s now taking 10 to 12 weeks for Coloradans to get new unemployment claims processed by the state Department of Labor and Employment. The delay comes as older pandemic claims are “now being adjudicated.”
A day after a state judge blocked enforcement of Louisiana’s abortion ban, state officials asked the same judge to suspend his own ruling while they pursue an appeal.
Almost twice as many people have applied for pandemic hero bonuses as Minnesota officials once expected would qualify, at nearly 1.2 million applications. The state set aside $500 million in frontline worker pay available to people in more than a dozen job fields – from health care workers to custodians.
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