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As 988 crisis line sees more use, states debate how to pay for it

By: - March 31, 2023

By Noelle Straub / Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts Editor’s note: If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat Almost everyone agrees that putting money behind the national suicide and crisis hotline is a good thing. But not everyone thinks a new phone tax is the […]

Shared power used to be the norm in statehouses. Now it’s nearly extinct.

By: - January 16, 2023

By Scott S. Greenberger / Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts  Terry Kilgore has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1994. During that time, there have been four years in which the GOP controlled the governor’s office and both chambers of the legislature. For two years, Democrats held […]

To-go cocktails make it harder to enforce underage drinking laws

By: - May 11, 2022

By Jenni Bergal During the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of states have given a boost to struggling restaurants by allowing them to sell cocktails to-go, through takeout, curbside pickup or home delivery. But the expansion of alcohol to-go laws has placed a heavy burden on understaffed alcohol enforcement agencies, which have been hard-pressed to prevent underage […]