Latest State legislature News

GOP: No aid unless counties control school, sports closures

Jan. 27, 2021 9:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $3.5 billion coronavirus recovery plan but threatened to withhold billions to K-12 schools unless Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cedes her administration's power to prohibit in-person instruction and sports to local health departments. Senate...

Panel OKs plan to narrow stalking law over victim opposition

Jan. 27, 2021 9:49 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to narrow the legal definition of stalking cleared an early hurdle at the Utah Legislature Wednesday, despite opposition from victims and advocates. Republican Rep. Candice Pierucci said she decided to sponsor the bill after hearing about an unfair arrest of a Utah man who...

Pennsylvania Senate OKs $912M pandemic recovery aid bill

Jan. 27, 2021 8:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to distribute just over $900 million to aid schools and hospitality-related businesses hit hard by the coronavirus, as well as people struggling to pay rent or utility bills. The bill still requires approval...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, file photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions regarding her testing strategy and number of COVID-19 cases during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka Kan. The coronavirus pandemic prompted Kelly to give her 2021 State of the State address virtually, rather than during a joint session of the Legislature. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

Kansas to shut down unemployment system to deal with fraud

Jan. 27, 2021 8:43 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims are prompting Kansas to shut down its processing system this weekend, meaning some jobless workers will have payments delayed as the state installs new anti-fraud protections, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. Kelly acknowledged that...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state during a media conference at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Impeachment petitioner seeks to withdraw from proceeding

Jan. 27, 2021 8:02 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — One of the four Kentuckians to sign a petition pushing for the governor's impeachment signaled Wednesday that he wants to withdraw from the proceeding, a lawmaker said. A legislative committee reviewing the petition received a letter from the petitioner's attorney indicating he wants...

Democratic Rep. Daymon Ely argues against a proposal by GOP members to require in-person voting during the annual legislative session on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. Ely was one of a handful of Democratic representatives who appeared on the House floor in person. Most are viewing and voting remotely by video conference. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

State relief plans take shape at New Mexico Legislature

Jan. 27, 2021 8:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An economic relief package is taking shape at the New Mexico Legislature as a Senate panel endorsed a $600 rebate to low-income workers and a separate bill that would waive licensing fees on liquor stores. Residents of New Mexico who earned up to $31,200 during 2020 would be eligible...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, the Idaho Senate gathers in the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Two former Republican speakers of the Idaho House of Representatives say attempts by the Republican-dominated House and Senate to strip Republican Gov. Brad Little and future governors of emergency powers endanger Idaho residents. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Ex-Idaho House speakers blast lawmakers over power struggle

Jan. 27, 2021 7:38 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two former Republican speakers of the Idaho House took the unusual step of releasing a letter Wednesday blasting the Republican-dominated Legislature for its attempts to strip GOP Gov. Brad Little and future governors of emergency powers during crises like the coronavirus pandemic. U.S....

Bill calls for background checks for renting guns at ranges

Jan. 27, 2021 7:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Last July, five days apart, two young men walked into the Green Top Shooting Range in Hanover, Virginia, and fatally shot themselves. Both were in their 20s and had a history of mental health issues, but neither man was subjected to a background check before he was allowed to rent a...

House bill would ban trans females from women's sports

Jan. 27, 2021 7:00 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill that would ban transgender females from competing on female sports teams sponsored by public schools and universities passed the Montana House on a 61-38 vote Wednesday. It now advances to the Senate. Rep. John Fuller, R-Whitefish, said his bill was meant to protect the...

Authorities question whether child welfare activist died

Jan. 27, 2021 6:43 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The death of a vocal critic of Rhode Island’s child care system last year still appears to be an open question. Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Kevin Barry says the agency began looking into whether Nicholas Alahverdian was still alive because it didn't have definitive...