National Black Caucus of State Legislators
New Mexico’s jails and prisons would face new limits on the use of solitary confinement for inmates under a bill approved 38-22 by the state House late Saturday. The proposal now heads to the Senate, as the legislative session moves into its final week. Continue reading.
Tennessee became the first state in the nation on Monday to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Continue reading.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced Monday that state workers for executive branch agencies will now be able to receive paid leave when they have a child. Under the policy, executive branch employees will be eligible for six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child if they are the primary caregivers or three weeks of paid leave if they are the secondary caregivers. Continue reading.
A group of states renewed their effort on Monday to block President Donald Trump's revised temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, arguing that his executive order is the same as the first one that was halted by federal courts. Continue reading.
Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring’s intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if they turned 18 ahead of the November general election, according to a new state report. Continue reading.