Stateline staff

Stateline staff

Stateline’s team of veteran journalists combines original reporting with a roundup of the latest news from sources around the country.

Top State Stories 3/7

By: - March 7, 2023

US: Three more GOP-led states withdraw from partnership to protect voter access Florida, Missouri and West Virginia withdrew from the Electronic Registration Information Center, the bipartisan multi-state partnership aimed at helping states maintain accurate voter rolls to fight voter fraud. Alabama and Louisiana had previously retreated from the partnership. CA: California to cut ties […]

Top State Stories 3/6

By: - March 6, 2023

AZ: Banning books to restricting bathrooms: Lawmakers push new rules for Arizona classrooms Arizona lawmakers are seeking to reach deep into classroom operations with proposals to require the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, designate which students can use which bathrooms and, once again, limit how race and ethnicity are taught. GA: Georgia Republicans seek […]

Top State Stories 3/3

By: - March 3, 2023

NC: Medicaid expansion deal reached between North Carolina House and Senate The North Carolina House and Senate have agreed to pass Medicaid expansion, reaching a breakthrough after years of debate. The change would provide health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. TN: Tennessee governor signs ban on gender-affirming care for minors, drag restrictions […]

Top State Stories 3/2

By: - March 2, 2023

US: New state bills would restrict transgender health care for adults Republican lawmakers in at least five states have introduced legislation that would limit gender-affirming care for adults. Until this year, most proposed restrictions on transition-related care targeted people under 18. Some of the new measures would prohibit it for individuals up to age 21, […]

Top State Stories 3/1

By: - March 1, 2023

IN: Indiana Senate advances bill to criminalize school books The Indiana Senate approved a bill that would open teachers and school librarians to criminal prosecution over the content of books and other educational materials. It now goes to the state House for consideration. Should it pass, school employees could be charged with a Level 6 […]

Top State Stories 2/28

By: - February 28, 2023

TN: Tennessee governor will sign drag bill, reacts to yearbook photo showing him dressed as a woman Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee said he intends to sign an anti-drag show bill, which bans “adult-oriented entertainment” that is “harmful to minors” from public property and places where they might be seen by children. Lee said […]

Top State Stories 2/27

By: - February 27, 2023

TX: Texas abortion funds likely safe from prosecution, federal judge rules A federal judge issued a favorable ruling for Texas abortion funds, indicating they likely cannot be criminally charged for helping people travel out of state to terminate their pregnancies. After the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the nonprofit groups stopped paying for Texans to […]

Top State Stories 2/24

By: - February 24, 2023

TX: Texas House Speaker endorses Medicaid expansion for new mothers, repeal of “tampon tax” Texas Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan unveiled four of his priority bills for the legislative session, which included Democratic goals like the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to one year for new mothers and the exemption of feminine hygiene products and diapers from sales […]

Top State Stories 2/23

By: - February 23, 2023

OH: Ohio Senate to hold hearings on train derailment Ohio’s state lawmakers plan to start hearings on what happened when a train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in East Palestine and whether they need to make any changes to state law. CA: California boosts state water allocation again, as heavy snow returns to the mountains […]

Top State Stories 2/22

By: - February 22, 2023

US: Democratic governors form alliance on abortion rights Democratic governors in 20 states are launching a network intended to strengthen abortion access in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Organizers, led by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, described the Reproductive Freedom Alliance as a way for governors and their staffs […]

Top State Stories 2/21

By: - February 21, 2023

TX: Texas Republicans take battle against blue cities to a new level This could be the most productive legislative session yet for Texas Republican lawmakers looking to rein in the state’s largest cities and counties, most of which are run by Democrats. Their ideas include enhancing state oversight of county-run elections, taking aim at progressive judges and prosecutors, slashing […]

Top State Stories 2/17

By: - February 17, 2023

FL: Florida lawmakers move to give governor control over school athletics board A week after Florida’s high school sports association decided against requiring students to report their menstrual cycles, state lawmakers moved to give Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis control over the board. The private nonprofit organization oversees sports for grades six through 12 in […]