California abortion rights groups, providers and Democratic lawmakers are all getting ready for a potential influx of out-of-state women. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to dramatically scale back, or even end, the constitutional right to abortion.
Wildfires in Arizona, Nebraska and New Mexico have left at least one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures. The fires are part of an early and active season across the country, as wildfires also have plagued California, Colorado and Texas.
Florida Republicans powered through shouts and protests from their Democratic colleagues, putting an abrupt end to a sit-in on the floor of the chamber by voting to stop debate and send Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis a congressional redistricting map.
New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul said masks are still required on public transportation despite a federal judge’s ruling earlier this week that the federal government cannot require masks on airplanes or other mass transit.
Six weeks after California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a far-reaching effort to push more people into court-ordered treatment for severe mental illness and addiction, homeless advocates are calling it legally misguided and immoral as the proposal’s first public hearing has been delayed.
Days after rejecting dozens of math textbooks for including what the state Department of Education claimed were “indoctrinating concepts,” Florida officials continued to refuse requests for examples. The material is “proprietary,” Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed a bill to classify performing abortions as a felony. The new law, which takes effect in August, will punish medical providers who perform abortions with up to 10 years in prison or fines of up to $100,000. A reproductive rights group already plans to sue the state over the new law.
Nurse practitioners, midwives and other nonphysician medical professionals will be able to perform abortions in Maryland after the Democratic-controlled General Assembly overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Abortion Care Access Act.
As state and federal authorities continue to piece together how so many people were killed and wounded in the shooting in downtown Sacramento, California, their attention has turned to a small culprit: A gun accessory that quickly and cheaply turns many handguns into weapons capable of spraying dozens of rounds with a single pull of the trigger.
To help keep student loan borrowers on track to repay their loans—and also receive any required debt forgiveness on time—the Department of Education and the loan servicers it supervises must accurately track borrowers’ payment histories. But in recent years, audits by the Department of Education and other investigations have found inaccuracies in the payment histories that loan servicers...
The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons is poised to roll out an online system for clemency applications this year, potentially relieving a bottleneck from an antiquated paper-based system that can leave applicants—those convicted of a crime seeking a pardon or commutation—in limbo for years.
In affirming a jury award and related lower court decisions in the case, the justices rejected Iowa’s argument that granting a transgender worker access to a men’s restroom would have generated controversy in the workplace.
Republican secretaries of state face a delicate test with voters: Touting their work running clean elections while somehow not alienating GOP voters who believe the false claims of fraud fueled by former President Donald Trump and his allies.
On largely party-line votes, both Louisiana chambers overrode Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a congressional redistricting bill, marking the first time in 31 years legislators refused to accept a gubernatorial refusal of a bill they had passed.
California’s first-in-the-nation task force on reparations voted to limit state compensation to Black residents who can prove a direct lineage to enslaved ancestors, narrowly rejecting a proposal to include all Black Californians. A reparations proposal is expected by mid-2023 for the legislature to review.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill. Critics have dubbed the measure Florida’s “don’t say gay” law because it prohibits instruction related to gender identity or sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade—and potentially restricts such instruction for older kids.
Arizona Republican lawmakers voted along party lines to pass two measures that would ban gender-related surgery for people under 18 and ban transgender girls from participating on women's athletic teams at public or private schools, including at the collegiate level.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, signed a bill that will allow families to sue abortion providers. Little said he worries the bill is both unconstitutional and creates “unintended consequences” that affect sexual assault survivors. He urged lawmakers to fix parts of the bill, which was modeled after a Texas law passed last year.
Hospitals across Texas have started restricting critical treatment as health care providers fear legal consequences and worry they could lose their medical licenses. Meanwhile, teenagers already are leaving the state to get care or avoiding it altogether.