Latest State legislature News

Groups plan effort for Mississippi voting rights restoration

Apr. 19, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three groups will sponsor an initiative to try to simplify the way Mississippi restores voting rights to people convicted of some felonies, a person involved with the effort said Monday. Danyelle Holmes, a national organizer with the Mississippi...

Arkansas bill OK'd to block Planned Parenthood sex education

Apr. 19, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers sent legislation to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing sex education programs in public schools. The Senate voted 27-5 for the measure prohibiting public schools from entering into any...

Tennessee House OKs new transgender 'bathroom bill'

Apr. 19, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that would put public schools and districts at risk of civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that don't reflect their gender at birth. ...

Report: Missouri lawmaker should be ousted for alleged abuse

Apr. 19, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A state House committee report released Monday called for a new Missouri lawmaker’s ouster over allegations that he physically and sexually abused his children years ago. The Missouri House Ethics Committee found the claims against Lee's Summit...

Bill ending religious vaccine exemption likely to pass House

Apr. 19, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday was expected to pass a contentious bill that would end the state's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022 school year. Democratic House Speaker Matt Ritter of...

Alaska Senate removes Reinbold as judiciary committee chair

Apr. 19, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold was removed as Senate Judiciary Committee chair Monday, 91 days into a legislative session in which she has frequently clashed with fellow Republicans, including other Senate majority members and Gov. Mike Dunleavy. ...

Police investigating rape allegations against Idaho lawmaker

Apr. 19, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Boise Police Department is investigating a rape allegation made against an Idaho lawmaker. Police spokeswoman Haley Williams confirmed Monday that the department has an open investigation into the allegations made by a legislative staffer...

Louisiana lawmakers pick new auditor to inspect finances

Apr. 19, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new legislative auditor to lead the nonpartisan office that reviews the financial books of government agencies. The House and Senate voted Monday to name Mike Waguespack, a former Assumption Parish sheriff, to the position....

Oregon House passes bill extending homeless camp notice

Apr. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

The Oregon House on Monday approved a bill that would extend the notice period to homeless individuals before local government agency’s remove an encampment from 24 hours to 72 hours. In addition, the measure would increase the time a municipality would be required to...

Edwards calls transgender restriction bills 'discriminatory'

Apr. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he will oppose legislative proposals to add new medical and sports restrictions on transgender youth in Louisiana, calling the measures “unnecessary and discriminatory.” Lawmakers have introduced bills...