Computer equipment in storage at a firm that reconditions them.

The latest ‘right to repair’ law is the broadest one yet

BY: - May 30, 2023

Do-it-yourselfers and repair shops are celebrating a victory in Minnesota with the enactment of a new law that requires many manufacturers to share parts and information with tinkerers and small businesses. The so-called right to repair law will allow equipment owners and independent shops to more easily fix devices like phones, laptops, appliances and other […]

A girl eats her school lunch.

More states line up to serve free school meals to all kids

BY: - May 26, 2023

During his long career as a high school teacher, New York state Sen. John Mannion often reached into his own pocket to cover the cost of lunches for kids who didn’t have the funds. “I watched kids get to the end of the line and not have enough money on their cards,” the Democrat said […]

Washington state lawmaker speaking in legislature

States weigh child abuse reporting vs. clergy’s duty of confidentiality

BY: - May 12, 2023

From the time Washington state Sen. Noel Frame was 5 years old until she was 10, she was sexually abused by a teenage cousin. The abuse only stopped when she told a teacher, who reported it to the authorities and to her parents.  Now, Frame, 43, wants to require members of the clergy in Washington […]

States Are Learning on the Fly About Sports Betting Addiction

BY: - March 22, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The states that have legalized sports betting are reporting record levels of wagering and revenues, but with that growth comes questions about gambling addiction and whether regulators and sportsbooks are doing enough to fight it. Two dozen states have active online sports betting, and other states are on the verge of joining […]

A Slew of State Proposals Shows the Threat of ‘Forever Chemicals’

BY: - February 14, 2023

In rivers and groundwater, in human bloodstreams and products ranging from cosmetics to food packaging to carpets, researchers are increasingly finding “forever chemicals” that don’t break down naturally and are shown to cause myriad health issues. State lawmakers across the country want to tackle the growing problem. Several states have passed landmark laws in recent […]

States, Cities Scramble to Combat Animal ‘Tranq’ in Street Drugs

BY: - February 8, 2023

As a dangerous new additive found in fentanyl and other street drugs surges from coast to coast, health officials in nearly every state are scrambling to track it.   Xylazine, a large-animal tranquilizer not approved for human use, started showing up routinely in the drug supply in 2019, but didn’t take off until the coronavirus […]

Abortion Bumped Inflation to the Back Burner. Both Sides See Lessons for 2024.

BY: - November 10, 2022

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions. The candidates and ballot measures that triumphed in the midterm elections prove that millions of voters are most energized by abortion access — not worries about inflation or crime. It’s a lesson that both sides of the abortion debate will take into […]

States Take on PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ With Bans, Lawsuits

BY: - September 22, 2022

“Forever chemicals” are everywhere. The thousands of chemicals in the group known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are found in cookware, packaging, cosmetics, clothing, carpet, electronics, firefighting foam and many other products.  The chemicals, which do not naturally break down, are so widespread that they’re found in the blood of 97% of Americans. […]

California Legalizes Human Composting

BY: - September 20, 2022

Earlier this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed into law a bill that will allow human composting, a “green burial” option that is slowly gaining recognition. California is the fifth state to legalize the practice, following Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Under the law, human composting will be allowed starting in 2027. The […]

Yes, Slavery Is on the Ballot in These States

BY: - August 22, 2022

More than 150 years after it was officially outlawed in the United States, slavery will be on the ballot in five states in November, as a new abolitionist movement seeks to reshape prison labor. Voters in Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont will decide on state constitutional amendments prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, in some […]

Transit Agencies Dangle Discounts and Perks to Woo Riders

BY: - June 13, 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, ridership plummeted on Green Mountain Transit, Vermont’s largest public transit agency. “Like just about every transit agency in the country, the demand for transit disappeared,” said Jon Moore, general manager of the agency, which runs buses in five northwest Vermont counties. Officials knew they needed to do […]

Child Suicides by Poisoning Rose During Pandemic, Studies Show

BY: - June 1, 2022

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, call 911 for emergency services or call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline 800-273-8255 to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center near you. You can also call the national Poison Help line at 800-222-1222. Suspected suicide attempts by young […]