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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty fist bump lawmakers as they leave the House Chamber after Kemp delivered his State of the State address Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp seeks to restore more than half of Georgia school cuts

Jan. 14, 2021 4:03 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp want to restore more than half of Georgia's cuts to K-12 education made last year, on top of the $1,000 bonuses he wants to pay to teachers from federal money. With tax collections running substantially ahead of what was predicted last spring, the Republican Kemp on Thursday...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp deliveries his State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, left, and House Speaker David Ralston look on in the House Chambers Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Governor says Georgia 'battered, is not broken' by pandemic

Jan. 14, 2021 3:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made a lengthy defense of his record fighting the COVID-19 pandemic while highlighting a strong economy and promising $1,000 bonuses for teachers and more money for education Thursday in his State of State address. Kemp's speech, made at the halfway mark of his four...

Bill would allow towns, cities to push back annual meetings

Jan. 14, 2021 12:41 PM EST

The Vermont Legislature is working on a bill to allow municipalities to move the date of their annual March town meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic. The House passed the measure, which is now in the Senate, the Times Argus reported. Town meeting will likely be a month later in the towns of Marshfield and...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address

Jan. 14, 2021 12:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Here is the text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address as prepared Thursday: Lieutenant Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, Chief Justice Melton, Chief Judge McFadden, and my fellow Georgians: In my first State of the...

Kentucky lawmakers set stage for budget negotiations

Jan. 14, 2021 4:09 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have wrapped up procedural votes, setting the stage for negotiations on crafting a new state budget. Key lawmakers were assigned Wednesday to conference committees. They'll work in coming weeks on devising budget plans for state government. The legislature will...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor is dismissing criticism of her budget proposals from Republican legislators as an expected negotiating tactic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor's budget includes proposals GOP has rejected

Jan. 13, 2021 7:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined a proposed annual budget Wednesday that includes a tax increase and two other major initiatives likely to be rejected by the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Kelly's $20.9 billion spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 would...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan appears on the floor as the Illinois House of Representatives convenes at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, Ill. House Speaker Madigan on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, said he was “suspending” his campaign for a 19th term in the leadership post. Madigan, the longest-serving leader of a legislative body in U.S. history, issued a statement that began, “This is not a withdrawal.” But it urged House Democrats to “work to find someone, other than me, to get 60 votes for speaker.” (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP File)

Illinois replaces longest-serving legislative leader in US

Jan. 13, 2021 7:37 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Wednesday elected its first Black speaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in modern U.S. history, picking Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch for the job and pushing aside Michael Madigan after he was implicated in an ongoing...

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Rockingham speaks after being sworn in during the opening session of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

NC legislature opens session subdued amid virus, DC unrest

Jan. 13, 2021 6:26 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Amid worries about COVID-19 and physical security, the North Carolina General Assembly officially began its two-year session Wednesday, with much of the usual pomp subdued in the name of safety. The gavels went down at midday on a House and Senate that remained in Republican hands...

Maryland Sen. Cheryl Kagan, right, D-Montgomery County, and Sen. Brian Feldman, D-Montgomery County, are separated by plexiglass barriers while talking before the start of the state's 2021 legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Maryland lawmakers begin session transformed by COVID-19

Jan. 13, 2021 4:00 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers gathered Wednesday for the first day of a legislative session transformed by precautions against the coronavirus and a commitment by leadership to focus on helping the state recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislative leaders moved quickly to formally change...

Indiana governor proposes small funding boost for schools

Jan. 13, 2021 3:06 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor on Wednesday proposed a modest increase in school funding for the next two years and restores funding to state universities that was cut when tax revenues plunged early in the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's proposal would increase K-12...