Latest State legislature News

Wyoming cities, counties divided on changes to tax law

Jul. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming cities want only people living inside their limits to have say on city taxes_a change some county governments say would put them at a disadvantage. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Sunday that state lawmakers heard from city and county officials last week while...

Shaheen takes in $1.9 million for second quarter

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrat Jeanne Shaheen raised more than $1.9 million in the latest fundraising quarter as she seeks a third term in the U.S. Senate. Shaheen's campaign says her second-quarter haul is more than any other New Hampshire candidate raised for that time period, exceeding the $1.49 million...

Nebraska child welfare firm sues state after losing contract

Jul. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A firm that has managed child welfare cases in the Omaha area for years will sue Nebraska state officials who awarded a new contract to a different nonprofit. PromiseShip announced plans Monday to file the lawsuit after the officials with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human...

Twin Falls coroner wants new system to investigate deaths

Jul. 15, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A southern Idaho county coroner is pushing for a new system to investigate deaths across the state. The Times-News reports Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley says the creation of a state pathology department would save taxpayers money and improve services. He's presenting his...

Lourey out as Walz's Human Services commissioner

Jul. 15, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey resigned abruptly Monday, just days after two deputy commissioners left the agency without explanation. Lourey said in a resignation letter that the agency needs new leadership, but didn't otherwise explain why he was stepping down. Gov. Tim...

GOP Sen. Cornyn reports $9M on hand for re-election bid

Jul. 15, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says he's now sitting on $9 million for his re-election bid that's likely to be among the closest-watched Senate races of 2020. Cornyn announced Monday he raised more than $2.5 million during the latest fundraising quarter. Air Force veteran MJ...

Nebraska tax collections topped projections last fiscal year

Jul. 15, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected during the fiscal year that ended last month. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported Monday that net tax receipts for the year totaled $4.896 billion, which was 3.7% above the official state forecast of $4.72...

GOP official: Ohio election on St. Patrick's Day would be OK

Jul. 15, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican who is Ohio's elections chief says the state can handle having its presidential primary on St. Patrick's Day next year if lawmakers make that change in the still-unsettled state budget. The proposed move from March 10 to March 17 drew objections from some Democratic...

Lawmaker operating anti-abortion center steps back from bill

Jul. 15, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker who operates an anti-abortion pregnancy resource center says she's stepping back from legislation proposing a tax benefit for donors to centers like hers. Rep. Candice Keller, a Middletown Republican, said she'd no longer co-sponsor the bill or vote on it. The measure...

Nebraska schools could see new debate over Indian mascots

Jul. 14, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska schools with Native American mascots could see a new debate over their team names and logos if some state officials have their way, but quick action on the issue seems unlikely. Members of the Legislature's State-Tribal Relations Committee are looking into whether Nebraska...