More than one-third of U.S. households are renters and the average national rent increased 18 percent between 2017 and 2022. Housing advocates and legislatures are working to provide renters more protections.
Six months after New Jersey state Attorney General Matthew Platkin took over the city’s police department, Paterson has seen a 57 percent reduction in murders and a 32 percent decline in shootings as compared to last year.
State election officials have warned that eliminating ballot bar codes, adding ballot verification technology and installing voting machine upgrades would not be ready for the 2024 election.
Families and medical professionals say that the test strips are one of the cheapest and most effective tools at combating the fentanyl crisis. But there’s no pathway in Texas for legalization, which frustrates many.
An anonymously donated grant allowed 100 miles of Bend, Ore.’s mountain bike trails to be assessed for adaptive users in May.
The Colorado county’s sheriff’s office recently mandated that a notarized form is required to obtain public records. But critics worry the new rule is an unprecedented and unlawful burden.
A range of current and former bills are giving housing developers and local governments more options to reduce red tape for housing projects.
The state’s Supreme Court will consider whether gerrymandering in congressional district maps is unconstitutional. According to some analysis, only seven House districts had a 25 percent chance of going for either party.
Gov. Maura Healey announced on Monday, Sept. 18, that the state will ban the purchase of single-use plastics by state agencies with an executive order that will be effective immediately upon issue.
The long-sought reform took effect on Monday and abolished cash bail as a potential condition for release, changing the way pretrial hearings are conducted. State Republicans who mostly oppose the measure still have concerns about the legislation.
With the general election a year away, officials say they need more than 1,200 people to sign up for training on electronic poll books for in-person voting.
His acquittal makes Paxton a dominant player in Republican primary politics, where hard-right conservatives that share his ideology influence the small primary electorate.
Energy efficiency can save customers and utilities money, keep supply stable and reduce emissions. But a new survey finds that utilities are doing less to support it.