Latest State legislature News

Governor calls for lawmaker's resignation over new charges

Sep. 18, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for the resignation of a Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges. Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday morning that the charges against Republican Sen. Mike Folmer are disgusting and beyond comprehension, and...

Medicaid expansion in NC getting revived in House committee

Sep. 18, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina House Republicans are taking another crack at advancing a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults. The House Health Committee scheduled Wednesday debate on legislation that it heard and approved in July, but has been idled...

New West Virginia delegate appointed to fill vacancy

Sep. 18, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Trenton C. Barnhart to a vacant state House of Delegates seat. Justice's office said in a news release that Barnhart is a lifelong resident of Pleasants County and lives in St. Marys. His was among three names that the West Virginia...

Democrat-controlled Legislature attempts to override vetoes

Sep. 18, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are returning to Concord to try to override more than 50 vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu this year. The House session is scheduled to start Wednesday. The Senate will convene Thursday. Democrats control both chambers, but they need Republican...

Alaska fishing town cut off as budget cuts end ferry service

Sep. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A coastal Alaska fishing town will soon be cut off from vehicles with the closure of its ferry service due to state budget cuts. Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday that the Alaska Marine Highway System will temporarily end service to Cordova following funding cuts by Republican...

Pennsylvania lawmaker facing child porn possession charges

Sep. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is facing child pornography possession charges after authorities said they executed a search warrant Tuesday on a tip from an online social media provider that the user had uploaded an image using its service. Sen. Mike Folmer was arrested and charged...

New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros dies at 71

Sep. 17, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros, a Democrat from Questa who served in the Legislature for 35 years as a key negotiator on state spending, has died. He was 71. Cisneros' death Tuesday from a heart attack was confirmed by Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga....

Montana to pay lawmaker $75K in ethics complaint lawsuit

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay House Majority Leader Brad Tschida nearly $75,000 in a lawsuit he filed to strike down a law keeping ethics complaints confidential. An order filed Monday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris approves the deal between the Republican legislator and...

North Carolina legislative remap complete; court review next

Sep. 17, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly on Tuesday finished redrawing dozens of North Carolina legislative districts that a court declared were designed with extreme partisan bias favoring Republicans. The House voted for the Senate remap and the Senate approved the House proposal . Tuesday's discussions...

Voter registration up in Virginia's Democratic strongholds

Sep. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Over the past four years, voter registration has grown more in Virginia localities that tend to vote Democratic than in localities that usually go Republican. That could spell trouble for the GOP heading into November's elections. Between August 2015 and August 2019, voter registration...