Alaska’s state government raises hundreds of millions of dollars each year through the sale of oil, that when burned, contributes to climate change. Now the state is looking to also make money by preventing some of these gases from entering the atmosphere, under a planned bill from Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
The union representing thousands of New York state troopers recently issued a directive instructing its members to “not cooperate” with a special unit in the attorney general’s office that was empowered last year to investigate fatal encounters in New York involving police officers.
Minnesota’s extended jurisdiction juvenile was once heralded as an innovative alternative to incarceration for adolescents who commit violent crimes. Instead, an alarming percentage of them end up serving prison sentences — the very outcome the program was created to prevent.
In what could be a record number for a proposed change in state rules, more than 16,000 comments have been submitted on a Republican plan designed to block public funding for public libraries in Missouri if they offer books that might appeal to the sexual interests of minors.
The high-profile collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX might have tainted cryptocurrency trading platforms, but it isn’t slowing advocates’ plans to make Texas a leader in the still-growing industry. The Texas Work Group on Blockchain Matters recently released a plan to establish the state as a leader in an industry that’s valued at about $5 billion globally.
Wyoming is one of just two states considered by the U.S. Department of Justice to have no hate crimes statutes whatsoever. Four Wyoming communities — Casper, Cheyenne, Jackson and Laramie and Cheyenne — have passed their own anti-discrimination ordinances.
Florida officials vowed to implement new measures to fight sex trafficking in hotels, protect victims who cooperate with law enforcement and increase penalties for traffickers after a South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation exposed a broken system that enables the illegal trade to flourish in the state.
Michigan will be spared from some of the worst effects of climate change, including extreme drought, intensifying hurricanes and wildfires. Early research estimates that tens of thousands of people will be fleeing rising ocean waters and landing in Michigan. A more extensive analysis, yet to be published, finds this a vast underestimate.
The bill is the first piece of legislation filed to address a systemic evidence kit backlog in Tennessee. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation drew sharp scrutiny earlier this year after the suspect in a high-profile kidnapping and murder was linked to a 2021 rape case via a sexual assault kit that sat untested for nearly a year.
Boosting pay could diversify the Nebraska legislature and result in state lawmakers more politically like the people they represent, say experts and studies of statehouses across the country. But in Nebraska, that would require a popular vote to change the state constitution.
Top Massachusetts lawmakers and police chiefs vowed to increase oversight of gun dealers in response to a Boston Globe investigation that found hundreds of dealers hadn’t received a single state inspection in nearly six years, and others had only been subjected to cursory walk-throughs by local police.
A lot more investment capital could soon flow into nascent businesses in New Mexico’s underserved communities, thanks to new government funding to strengthen and diversify the state’s startup ecosystem. That includes $64 million in federal funding plus $35 million in state money for new venture investment programs.
Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson tweeted out a memo issued by the state’s chief technology officer, informing state employees that TikTok is prohibited on state devices and cannot be used on any devices connected to the state network unless it’s for an authorized law enforcement or security purpose.
State lawmakers next year will consider a series of major bipartisan changes in how the Wisconsin National Guard addresses sexual misconduct, including requiring more reporting and a tracking system. The changes, housed in three draft bills, are the product of a legislative study committee.
More affordable housing is needed if young South Dakota residents are going to realize their dreams of owning a home. Home prices rose 54% in the last four years while incomes rose by only 17%.
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