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Drinking Water More Precious Than Grass in California

Ornamental grass—the kinds of grass that line medians and roadsides but never serves for recreation—is a vanishing amenity in a drought-stricken West.

September 14, 2023 - Los Angele Times

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Colorado to Consider Statewide Transit Pass

A bill expected soon in the Colorado State Legislature would establish a universal transit pass, good for a ride on any of local or regional transit system in the state.

August 29, 2023 - Colorado Newsline

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Union Shakeup Could Have Implications for California Housing Policy

One of the most powerful opponents to California’s YIMBY legislators, the Trades union of building and construction workers, is under new leadership. Some observers speculate that the change could indicate a new era of development politics.

July 19, 2023 - Politico

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Vermont Next State in Line to End Single-Family Zoning, Ease Parking Requirements

Both houses in the Vermont Legislature have approved legislation to preempt local land use regulations by rescinding single-family zoning and easing parking requirements throughout the state.

May 18, 2023 - VTDigger

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Missouri to Spend $2.8 Billion Widening I-70

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had a $859 million vision to expand I-70 in key parts of the state. State legislators had an even more ambitious vision.

May 9, 2023 - The Kansas City Star

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Housing Reform Package Under Consideration by Rhode Island General Assembly

The Rhode Island House Speaker has introduced a package of 14 bills intended to ease housing construction without stepping on any toes at the local level.

March 8, 2023 - WPRI

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What to Expect from U.S. Climate Policy in 2023

2022 was full of historic legislative accomplishments on climate policy. 2023 is unlikely to achieve the same significance, though the changing climate demands more of the same.

January 4, 2023 - The Washington Post

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Virginia Law Granting Local Authority for Energy Efficiency Rejected Due to Housing Affordability Concerns

The state preemption pendulum swings again—this time in favor of state preemption of energy efficiency standards in Virginia.

February 9, 2022 - The Virginia Mercury

Eviction Crisis

New York's 'Good Cause Eviction' Bill, Explained

Here's a slightly humorous approach to a serious topic: the Good Cause Eviction law making its way through the New York State Legislature.

January 18, 2022 - The New York Times

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Opinion: Freeze Property Taxes in Gentrifying Neighborhoods

A proposed bill in the Texas legislature would help prevent displacement of homeowners in areas experiencing reinvestment and redevelopment.

May 19, 2021 - Dallas Morning News

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Arizona Legislators Want to Ship Mississippi River Stormwater to the Colorado River

With Arizona bearing the brunt of the first round of drought-induced water cuts, with more sure to follow, the Arizona State Legislature is looking over the horizon for potential solutions.

May 13, 2021 - Mohave Valley Daily News

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Oklahoma House Approves Protections for Drivers Who Hit Protestors

A heated debate and a party line vote in Oklahoma.

March 12, 2021 - The Oklahoman

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Legislation Says 'Aloha' to Affordable Homes in Hawai`i

SB 1 is one of four bills proposed in the Hawai`i Legislature this year that would make it easier to develop, buy, and sell affordable homes in the state.

February 16, 2021 - Maui Now

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Housing and Land Use on Washington's Legislative Agenda

The Washington State legislature will consider a number of bills this session that would alter planning and development in a state grappling with population growth and rising housing costs.

February 4, 2021 - The Urbanist

Presidential Campaign

For Transportation, Real Reform Can Only Happen at the State and Local Levels

Without buy-in for new ways of thinking at the state level, the presidential election is not likely to change much about the ways the United States plans and funds transportation infrastructure.

October 28, 2020 - theTransportPolitic

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Ohio House Speaker Arrested on Bribery Charges Connected to $1 Billion Nuclear Industry Bailout

A bombshell in Ohio, as the FBI arrested Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four colleagues on bribery charges connected with a $1 billion bailout for the state's nuclear industry.

July 22, 2020 - The Columbus Dispatch

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State Legislators Rescind Gas Tax Support in Massachusetts

While advocates argue for raising the gas tax while gas prices are low, Massachusetts legislators are backing away from an idea they supported in March.

April 27, 2020 - The Boston Globe

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$10 Billion Approved for Highway Funding in Washington State

Despite the drastic funding limitation imposed by Washington's voter-approved Initiative 976, the state found a way to fund $10.4 billion in (mostly highway) transportation projects.

March 19, 2020 - The Urbanist

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Blue Line Extension on the Table in Virginia

Virginia could kick off an extension of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Blue Line by funding a study in this year's state budget.

February 24, 2020 - The Washington Post

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Top Planning Issues for State Legislatures

The American Planning Association identifies three issues that will define the year in state legislatures around the country.

February 12, 2020 - American Planning Association

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