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Top State Stories 3/16

BY: - March 16, 2023

AR: Arkansas House sends public school bathroom bill to governor’s desk Arkansas House Republicans approved a bill that would limit transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice at public schools. Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ spokesperson said earlier this week that Sanders “believes that schools are no place for the radical left’s […]

Top State Stories 3/8

BY: - March 8, 2023

MO: Federal judge tosses Missouri gun law, calling it unconstitutional A federal judge has overturned a Missouri law that declared certain federal gun laws “invalid” if they don’t have a state-level equivalent, after the U.S. Department of Justice sued to overturn the measure. OK: Oklahoma voters reject legalization of recreational marijuana Oklahomans gave a […]

States Strive to Help SNAP Recipients Cope With Lower Benefits

BY: - February 28, 2023

The white words on a red background are plain. “Important notice: SNAP emergency allotments ending after February.” If there’s any doubt, the Colorado Department of Human Services SNAP webpage adds, “All Coloradans who receive SNAP benefits are going to see a reduction in their monthly benefit amount after February.” In every state, participants in the […]

As Pandemic Rent Relief Ends, States Struggle to Prevent Homelessness

BY: - January 23, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage of how communities across the country are trying to create more affordable housing. PORTLAND, Ore. — For almost three years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, states have had an unwelcome but ideal laboratory to test potential solutions to slow eviction, one of the most persistent challenges in preventing homelessness. Turns out, […]

Top State Stories 12/1

BY: - December 1, 2022

FL: Florida may tweak resign-to-run law to aid governor’s potential 2024 presidential run Just four years after Florida’s legislature made sure politicians would have to resign before running for federal office, they seem poised to change the rules again. The impetus is Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is widely speculated to be eyeing a […]

Top State Stories 10/10

BY: - October 10, 2022

US: Little-watched state legislative races could have huge consequences A U.S. Supreme Court case could give state legislative bodies nearly absolute power over federal elections. The justices are expected to decide whether to grant nearly unfettered authority over such elections to state legislatures — a legal argument known as the independent state legislature theory. AZ: Court ruling […]

Top State Stories 10/7

BY: - October 7, 2022

FL: Ian shakes up election preparations, could hurt Florida turnout Running an election in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian is going to be a monumental challenge for elections officials in the Florida counties hit hardest by the storm as they face poll worker shortages, damaged polling places and voters who lost their homes.  NY: Federal judge […]

Top State Stories 9/2

BY: - September 2, 2022

CA: California approves wave of aggressive new climate measures California legislators approved a record $54 billion in climate spending and passed sweeping new restrictions on oil and gas drilling as well as a mandate that California stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2045. They also voted to extend the life of Diablo […]

Advocates Look for New Ways to Fill City ‘Food Deserts’

BY: - August 10, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. — For six years, Alexander Wright lobbied local politicians, foundations and investors to fund his vision for a grocery store on Buffalo’s East Side. The African Heritage Food Co-Op, he promised, would make affordable, healthy produce accessible in a neighborhood with few convenient options besides dollar and corner stores. The Buffalo Bills Foundation […]

Top State Stories 8/2

BY: - August 2, 2022

CA: California governor declares a state of emergency over monkeypox outbreak California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergencyover the spread of the monkeypox virus to “bolster the state’s vaccination efforts.” WA: Hospitals in Washington struggle with finances despite ease in COVID patients A study from the Washington State Hospital Association found that […]

Top State Stories 8/1

BY: - August 1, 2022

IN: Indiana Senate votes to ban most abortions Over the protests of 10 of its own members, Republicans in the Indiana Senate narrowly voted to ban nearly all abortions in the state. The move puts Indiana on track to be one of the first states to pass new abortion restrictions after the U.S. Supreme […]

More States Are Forgoing Extra Federal Food Aid

BY: - July 19, 2022

More than 18 million Americans sometimes didn’t have enough to eat last month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 5 million people often went hungry. Those numbers would have been higher if millions of families hadn’t received extra food aid through a pandemic-related expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as […]