As the calendar turned to 2019 this week, new laws are taking effect, and new state legislatures are looking to push even more changes. In some states, these measures will address gun safety, roll back business licensing regulations and legalize…
Some on the right are working to cement change by amending the Constitution and bypassing the usual process.
By Matt Sedensky, Associated Press
Photographer Olivia Locher's latest project, “I Fought the Law,” chronicles the bizarre and obscure laws that have made their way into America’s state and local legislation.
By Julia Griffin
Gov. Jerry Brown's aggressive plea for lawmakers to renew California's signature climate change law proved fruitful this week.
By Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press
By Sara Burnett, Associated Press
Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.
By Joshua Barajas, Gretchen Frazee
Eighteen states raised the minimum wage. California broadened restrictions on cellphone use for drivers.
By PBS NewsHour
Rape kits are essential evidence for prosecuting sexual assault. But in many parts of the country, they’re destroyed after six months. While assault victims can fight to preserve them longer, that information isn't necessarily shared. It's an issue Amanda Nguyen…
In our news wrap Thursday, Republican congressional leaders opened the door for changes in a new law allowing the relatives of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. White House spokesman John Earnest said Congress may be having buyers remorse after…
By Kyla Calvert Mason
Indiana has become the first state to drop the Common Core standards for teaching math and English in public schools.
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