State and County Relations

For Seniors in One County, Robotic Pets Help Ease Pandemic Loneliness

Oswego County, New York's Office for the Aging has distributed 30 animatronic pets to senior citizens to provide companionship amid a year of social isolation.

Orange County Struggles With Health Equity — And Battles State Restrictions

Disneyland can’t reopen until Orange County’s coronavirus infection rates improve — especially among its poorest and most vulnerable residents. Local officials are protesting the requirements, saying the economy will suffer, and residents’ health along with it.

In One State, Advocacy Groups Sue Over New Limit on the Number of Ballot Drop-Off Locations

Texas recently changed its election rules, limiting the number of drop-off sites in which voters can deposit their absentee ballots to one per county.

Conservative Indiana Adopted Needle Exchanges But Still Faces Local Resistance

After an HIV outbreak, the state legalized the exchanges. But five years later, they only exist in nine of Indiana's 92 counties.

Creating an Agenda for Reform

Experts see the need for a fresh focus on thinking about the big issues in state and local governance.

After Ohio Opioid Settlement, Local Governments Could Be Skeptical of State AG Agreement

Attorneys for cities and counties that brought litigation against drug companies say the size of a settlement brokered this week for two Ohio counties could encourage others to opt out of a broader agreement touted by state attorneys general.

Customer Service, State and Local Partnerships Key for CIOs

The findings of NASCIO’s 2019 survey of chief information officers highlights areas of concern and evolving priorities among state information technology leaders.

A Plan to Reduce Bench Warrants—By Text Message

After success in one county, Minnesota is rolling out a statewide program that sends reminders to defendants about their court appearances.

Judge Rules all U.S. Cities, Counties Have Stake in Opioid Settlements

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster’s ruling broadens the scope of participants in the ongoing multi-district litigation brought against prescription drug companies.

A Local Government Strategy to Reduce Smoking: Refuse to Hire Smokers

Across the country, cities and counties have instituted policies that bar people who use any nicotine products from applying to government jobs.

A State Reconsiders Its Ban on Local Minimum Wage Laws

Cities and counties would be allowed to set a wage floor higher than the one authorized by Colorado if a bill passed by state legislators becomes law.

New Law Will Establish State Children's Mental Health System

Legislators in Iowa passed a measure expanding behavioral and mental health services for children, but advocates say the law lacks permanent funding.

A State Considers How to Help Local Governments Pay for Expensive Murder Trials

A bill in the Ohio legislature would allow counties to ask for state financial support for large capital murder cases.

Gun-Rights Counties Vow to Resist New State Restrictions

As legislatures approved new firearm laws over the last year, some counties have resisted, calling themselves Second Amendment 'sanctuaries.'

How a Health Department Is Working to Contain a Measles Outbreak

When a case is suspected, public health employees launch an exhaustive investigative process that one official called "real gumshoe work."

County Leader Seeks to Stop Sewage Spills Along Border Amid Shutdown Fight

With tensions high over a wall, a San Diego County supervisor is focused on funding for waterworks.

Eliminating Tech Tribalism in Government

Are public sector agencies ready take tech collaboration to the next level? Our survey says government officials want to, but don’t know where to start.

How California Is Improving Cyber Threat Information Sharing

The state wants to add every city and county government to its automated threat feed program in the next three to four years.

Federal, Tribal and Local Officials Join Effort to Save Orca

The 4-year-old whale, summering off the coast of Washington, is emaciated.

Michigan Local Government Officials More Optimistic About State

The Center for Local State and Urban Policy found more local leaders than last year saying they are optimistic Michigan is heading in the right direction.