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Elaine S. Povich

Infrastructure

Out-of-State Toll Scofflaws Vex State Authorities

States such as New Jersey are losing millions when out-of-state drivers fail to pay their tolls, fines and fees. Some states are looking at reciprocal agreements.

Public Safety

Lawmakers Call Foul on Referee Abuse

Wisconsin is one of a half-dozen states considering umpire and referee protection legislation this year.

Health & Human Services

States Braced for a Wave of Covid Lawsuits. It Never Arrived.

About 30 states have enacted laws to shield businesses from being sued if a patron or worker contracts Covid-19.

Infrastructure

Waste Not? Some States Are Sending Less Food to Landfills

New York is one of eight states that have enacted laws to cut down on food in landfills, where it breaks down into methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and is released into the atmosphere.

Public Safety

Post-Insurrection, States Balance Capitol Security, Openness

Dissatisfaction with democracy could lead to further attacks at state capitols.

Tech & Data

Internet Ads Are a Popular Tax Target for Both Parties

Digital snooping and pandemic profits have fueled anger against tech giants.

Health & Human Services

Adoptees Press States for Access to Original Birth Certificates

New York is one of only nine states that allow adoptees unrestricted access to their original birth certificates. About a dozen states are considering bills to also do so.

Management

Pandemic Provokes City vs. State Conflicts

The Georgia legislature approved legislation that would preempt the commission’s powers, after the panel moved toward restricting police funding. State preemption of local powers is increasing nationwide.

Health & Human Services

Pandemic-Paused Plastic Bag Bans Ripped Anew by Critics

Philadelphia’s bag ban was delayed due to the pandemic, which has derailed similar bans across the country. Eight states have anti-plastic bag laws on the books.

Tech & Data

Pandemic Drives Phone, Computer ‘Right-to-Repair’ Bills

Legislation in half the states would make it easier to fix phones and computers.

Health & Human Services

These States Found the Secret to Covid-19 Vaccination Success

A few states with smaller populations have fared better than others delivering the vaccine to their residents.

Health & Human Services

Interest Groups Lobby to Get Ahead in Vaccine Line

The lobbying to be in the "1B category" has been intense in many states. Advocates for older adults, teachers, restaurant workers, agricultural workers and others are pleading their cases.

Public Safety

Many State Capitols Have Security Holes

“We're deeply concerned for what's likely to come in the coming months in state capitols."

Management

Deepening Statehouse Divisions Foretell Big Policy Fights

Staunchly partisan lawmakers may heed their most ardent constituents.

Management

Fearing Delays and Chaos, Swing States Weigh Early Counting of Mail-In Ballots

Some states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, prohibit processing absentee ballots until Election Day. Right now, leaders are considering changing that to avoid long delays about the results of the November election.

Management

Virtual Learning Means Unequal Learning

Virtual learning is harder for younger, special needs children.

Management

Coronavirus Fraudsters Keep Prosecutors Busy

State AGs track millions in false loan and unemployment claims.