California is two steps ahead on climate rules The Los Angeles Times California's laws are stricter than the Environmental Protection Agency rule, formally proposed Monday. The EPA would require the nation's power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30% by 2030 from 2005 levels.
Indiana governor vows to fight new emissions rules The Indianapolis Star Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vowed Monday to fight a national plan to combat global warming, joining the state's business leaders in arguing that coal-dependent Indiana would face higher electric rates and lost jobs if power plants have to reduce carbon emissions.
Supreme Court will hear Alabama redistricting case Montgomery Advertiser The nation's high court agreed Monday to hear challenges that the state's black legislative caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference have filed against the state's 2012 redistricting map — challenges that contend the districts pack black voters into districts that ultimately lessens their voting strength and limits their ability to build coalitions with whites.NCSL's Morgan Cullen quoted.
Increasing the number of healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries and, in turn, healthy babies, can help reduce short- and long-term medical costs. For example, the hospital costs for a newborn average about $3,200 but jumps to $27,200 for babies born with low birth weight.
EPA proposes state-specific emission goals The state goals are not requirements on each specific power plant, but rather provide individual states the flexibility to meet the 30 percent reduction rate by 2030 through lowering overall carbon intensity of the power sector.