Pew Research Center Sep. 12, 2007

States Scramble for Gambling Jackpot

Fed up seeing their residents dole out millions of dollars at out-of-state casinos and tracks, more than a dozen states this year worked on dramatically expanding gambling within their own borders.

Pew Research Center Sep. 10, 2007

Craig Scandal Highlights Governors’ Appointment Powers

The sudden departure from office of a U.S. senator — or the threat of a departure — often thrusts governors into the national spotlight, highlighting the sometimes murky and often politicized process of how states choose congressional replacements.

Pew Research Center Aug. 29, 2007

States Seek to Dampen Text Book Sticker Shock

Returning college students may get some pocketbook relief at campus bookstores as states and university officials take aim at some publisher and faculty practices blamed for raising prices.

Pew Research Center Aug. 21, 2007

Minnesota Takes the Lead in E-Cycling

Five state legislatures took steps this year to curb the threat of toxic waste created by the proliferation of discarded computer gear and other digital junk, making 2007 a banner year for passage of electronic recycling laws.

Pew Research Center Aug. 16, 2007

States Let Adult Kids Stay on Parents’ Insurance

Legislatures in eight states voted this spring to require insurers to let adult children stay on their parents’ health insurance, even after the traditional cut-off dates on a child’s 18th birthday or college graduation.

Pew Research Center Jul. 30, 2007

States Forge Ahead on Immigration, Global Warming

From the Iraq war to illegal immigrants to global warming, states are showing impatience with Washington, D.C., and are blazing new policies often contrary to the feds.

Pew Research Center Jul. 25, 2007

States Work to Plug ‘Brain Drain’

States in the Midwest and Northeast are struggling unsuccessfully to keep educated young people from moving elsewhere. In response, some states have mounted tourism-like marketing campaigns while others consider giving hefty tax breaks to in-state college students who stay after they graduate.

Pew Research Center Jul. 18, 2007

Florida is Test Bed for Medicaid Overhaul

Halfway through a two-year test run, Florida’s nationally acclaimed pilot program to introduce competition to its Medicaid program has met mixed success.

Pew Research Center Jul. 2, 2007

New State Laws as of July 1

The start of a new fiscal year in 46 states has activated a host of new laws bringing bad news for body dismemberers in Iowa and brass-knuckle wearers in Mississippi, but good news for grocery buyers in Arkansas and flag-makers in Arizona along with a host of other winners and losers.

Pew Research Center Jun. 21, 2007

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Divides States

President Bush’s decision to again veto legislation allowing federal funding puts the issue squarely in states’ hands – and some states are already vying to lure scientists and investors.