Latest State legislature News

As impeachment swirls, Trump nods toward Pompeo Senate run

Nov. 22, 2019 3:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door for the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, to leave his post to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. Talk about a Senate run has picked up as Pompeo has come under criticism for not defending U.S. diplomats who...

Fall 2020 trial set for woman accused of killing ex-senator

Nov. 22, 2019 1:55 PM EST

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — A judge has set a fall 2020 trial date for a woman charged with killing a former Arkansas state lawmaker who was found dead outside her home. Jonesboro television station KAIT report s that the judge on Friday scheduled Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell’s trial to begin Oct. 19....

Lawmakers looking at expanding PTSD coverage law

Nov. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have begun examining whether to expand a new law that provides certain workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder to firefighters, police and parole officers. The General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee heard...

State rep charged with not having valid gun permit

Nov. 22, 2019 1:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police have arrested Illinois State Rep. Curtis Tarver II after finding a gun in his car they say he was not licensed to carry. Police say Tarver was driving on the city’s South Side Monday night when officers noticed that he had a broken headlight and pulled him over. When...

About 42,000 Idahoans sign up for Medicaid under expansion

Nov. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 42,000 Idaho residents have signed up for Medicaid under expanded coverage in the first three weeks it has been offered. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare supplied the updated numbers on Friday. The agency estimates that about 91,000 people are eligible to sign up under...

Vegas council bans swords, knives, toy guns in downtown zone

Nov. 22, 2019 11:58 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas City Council has voted to ban swords, knives and toy or replica guns from the downtown Freemont Street entertainment district. The council unanimously approved the ban Wednesday, adding the district to other tourist hubs around Las Vegas that have banned fake firearms. Nevada...

State lawmaker joins race for NW Indiana congressional seat

Nov. 22, 2019 10:18 AM EST

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A state legislator is joining the field of candidates trying for the northwestern Indiana congressional seat being given up by Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky. State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon of Munster will leave the Legislature after six terms as she seeks the 2020 Democratic...

Medical examiner’s macabre humor leads to complaint

Nov. 22, 2019 9:56 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker is taking exception to the macabre humor that Maine’s chief medical examiner used in an old job posting. The 2017 posting for a deputy medical examiner touted Maine’s benefits like a “really short season for decomposing bodies” and the fact...

Norment elected GOP minority leader in Virginia state Senate

Nov. 22, 2019 9:56 AM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — State Sen. Tommy Norment will lead Republicans as they prepare to operate in the minority in the Virginia state Senate. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the James City Republican was re-elected Thursday. Norment was first elected to the Senate in 1992. He said in a...

Protecting consumers’ data focus of NY hearing

Nov. 22, 2019 12:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York lawmakers are asking for public input on ways to better protect consumer data and privacy online. The state Senate Standing Committee on Internet and Technology is holding a hearing Friday. Consumer advocates and representatives of internet companies are set to testify. Lawmakers...