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Massachusetts House passes $42.7B state budget plan

Apr. 25, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers have wrapped up debate on a $42.7 billion state budget plan for the new fiscal year. The spending plan approved Thursday doesn't include new taxes, although Democratic leaders haven't ruled out considering taxes later in the legislative session. Democratic...

Montana Legislature adjourns after passing $10.3B budget

Apr. 25, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers adjourned the 2019 session Thursday after passing a $10.3 billion budget to pay for state services over the next two years and a measure to raise the state's lodging tax to improve the Montana Historical Society museum and other museums statewide. The House held its...

Alabama Senate approves lottery bill, first big hurdle

Apr. 25, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal to start a state lottery narrowly cleared its first major hurdle in the Alabama Legislature as senators gathered the minimum 21 votes needed Thursday to get the measure through the state Senate. Senators voted 21-12 for the bill that would put the idea of starting a state...

Alabama House to vote on abortion ban next week

Apr. 25, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers next week will debate one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation, a measure that would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions. The House Rules Committee put the bill on the House of Representatives' debate schedule for...

Senators present reworked Colorado health reinsurance bill

Apr. 25, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two state senators whose rural constituents pay some of the nation's highest health insurance rates pleaded Thursday for support for a bill to cut those premiums by having the state help insurers cover their highest-risk clients. But the reinsurance bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob...

The Latest: Dems, GOP take credit for session's achievements

Apr. 25, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Montana legislative session (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Both Democrats and Republicans are taking credit for accomplishments during Montana's legislative session, including lowering health care and insurance costs, doing a better job investigating missing persons'...

Nebraska lawmakers look to tweak property tax package

Apr. 25, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A property tax package opposed by Nebraska's largest schools, taxpayer advocates and Gov. Pete Ricketts could be getting another makeover before it goes to the Legislature for debate. Members of the tax-focused Revenue Committee argued over possible changes on Thursday, one day after a...

Nebraska to get revenue boost for state's rainy-day fund

Apr. 25, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska government's rainy-day fund will get a boost in tax revenue this year, based on new projections issued Thursday, but lawmakers still face a lot of uncertainty as they work to pass a new budget. The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board predicted the state will collect...

Legislature approves Republican-written ethics measure

Apr. 25, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature approved a GOP-written bill Thursday that sets rules to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment aimed at ethics reform. Legislators have for months been considering competing Republican and Democratic proposals on how to comply...

Oklahoma governor signs bill to move Native American Day

Apr. 25, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill endorsed by a broad coalition of Native American groups to celebrate a day for indigenous people on Columbus Day has been signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. The Republican is the first governor in the U.S. to be enrolled as a member of a Native American tribe. Stitt...