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February 21, 2024
A new bill would restrict some new mining near the Okefenokee for 3 years; some environmental groups say it protects the mining company more than the swamp.
February 17, 2024
The legislation would guarantee Georgians the right to fish in navigable rivers and streams. It narrowly advanced out of committee over the objections of representatives of recreational boating interests who complained the bill is overly restrictive.
February 17, 2024
Bills have been wide-ranging this year, including limits on gender-affirming care for minors, preferred pronoun usage, as well as obscenity laws.
January 20, 2024
Maine has underfunded state police rural patrol for 40 years, with no increase in funding for patrol troopers since 1977.
January 19, 2024
Some senators say moving aquaculture to another state agency is the answer. Others say it’s about providing the necessary resources.
January 08, 2024
The Legislature is expected to consider a bill this session to create a new state entity that would oversee recreational and medicinal cannabis as well as industrial hemp.
January 03, 2024
Some 23 nursing homes have closed in the past decade in Maine.
November 07, 2023
One measure would create easier points of entry for access to mental health care, especially in rural areas by allowing medical health providers to be reimbursed for consulting on cases with primary care doctors.
October 21, 2023
Restaurants were eligible for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a $28 billion federal program created in 2021. But that money disappeared quickly, offering up to $10 million to some restaurants while leaving many smaller and more rural establishments with nothing, as Crosscut reported last year.
October 13, 2023
Dozens of homes in Buchanan and Tazewell counties were damaged or destroyed in July 2022. The General Assembly approved $18 million in funding to help residents rebuild; Del. Will Morefield said he hopes residents will get the money before the end of the year.
August 28, 2023
After a near-total abortion ban became law in North Dakota, legislators and religious ministries are trying to find ways to support pregnant people and new mothers as abortion providers move to other states.
August 01, 2023
Skepticism has enveloped a fraught process that’s proposing to increase protected acres for the embattled western bird, but policymakers remain hopeful their map revision can help avert an Endangered Species Act listing.
July 08, 2023
Many EMS providers are struggling due to a host of factors, including lagging reimbursement rates, recruitment and retention challenges, training, and an aging and rural population.
Vermont’s new child care law makes the state a national leader — but falls short of the movement’s goals
June 25, 2023
“This is a great downpayment on a child care system that works for parents and providers,” one expert said. “It is not the full investment.”
June 20, 2023
The only surprise, at the end of the day, was how quickly it all happened.