Latest State legislature News

Former Nevada ‘sundown town’ stands by siren amid reckoning

Jul. 26, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A red siren perched atop a small town’s volunteer fire department sounds every night at 6 p.m., sending a piercing noise echoing through the ranches and towns of northern Nevada’s Carson Valley including Dresslerville — a community governed by the Washoe Tribe of...

Whitmer OKs $385M bill with aid for hospitals, nursing homes

Jul. 26, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a $385 million supplemental budget bill, two-thirds of which will go to Michigan hospitals and long-term care facilities confronting financial pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new law also...

Indiana Supreme Court asked to stall governor's powers suit

Jul. 26, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to stall Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies following conservative objections to his...

Michigan board declines to certify LGBTQ rights ballot drive

Jul. 26, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections board on Monday declined to certify an LGBTQ-rights ballot drive after determining it did not submit enough valid voter signatures. The 4-0 vote from two Democrats and two Republicans came after the elections bureau did a...

Evers calls special session while GOP eyes veto override

Jul. 26, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Monday called the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to increase funding for public schools and higher education on the same day the Assembly planned to vote on a veto override of a bill ending a $300 weekly unemployment payment....

Bike accident hospitalizes former Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi

Jul. 26, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A recently retired U.S. senator from Wyoming remained hospitalized in uncertain condition Monday, three days after a bicycle accident outside his hometown. The accident Friday night near Gillette sent Mike Enzi, 77, to a hospital, where he was...

State lawmaker won't seek reelection after anti-Asian slur

Jul. 26, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic House leaders in Delaware have indicated that they have no plans to initiate an ethics investigation that could lead to the ouster of a fellow Democrat who used a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers. Amid public backlash and...

Idaho officials working on hemp plan for federal approval

Jul. 26, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are working on a hemp plan to submit to federal officials this fall so that farmers can grow it next year. State Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Chanel Tewalt told the Capital Press in a story last week that the state...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 26, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. July 22, 2021. Editorial: State leaders join bullying of trans kids When considering who should be off-limits from harm done by lawmakers, children should rise to the top of the list, yet Gov. Greg Abbott and the GOP’s...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jul. 26, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

The (Lorain) Morning Journal. July 24, 2021. Editorial: Creative measures for vaccinations must continue Health officials, government and business leaders have been creative when trying to get people to take one of the three novel coronavirus...