Latest State legislature News

Former prosecutor drops out of US Senate race in Kansas

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor from Kansas abandoned his Senate run on Thursday and endorsed a fellow Democrat who just entered the race. Barry Grissom urged Democrats to unite behind state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a retired Kansas City-area anesthesiologist who made headlines in December by...

GOP lawmakers: Push to legalize casinos would fail in Senate

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Andy Beshear's push to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky is facing strong resistance from two leading Republican lawmakers, including one who supported the idea previously. Beshear, who is running for governor, says Kentucky could reap $500 million-plus in yearly revenue...

Edwards strikes at Rispone on Medicaid, ties to GOP donor

Oct. 17, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday accused Republican opponent Eddie Rispone of intending to kick hundreds of thousands of people off Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, ending their health insurance coverage, if he wins the runoff election. The Deep South's only Democratic...

Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68....

Bill aimed at enforcing age limits at vape shops advances

Oct. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vape shops and other tobacco stores that sell to underage customers could swiftly lose their permits if they sell to underage customers under a draft bill that's getting an early nod of approval from Utah lawmakers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican sponsor Rep. Karianne...

WV Legislature: 500 violations of Jobs Act cited in 2018-19

Oct. 17, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A legislative report says West Virginia's Division of Labor cited more than 500 violations of a jobs act intended to give local laborers the majority of roles on state-funded public works projects. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that contractors were fined more than...

Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

Oct. 17, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge that she illegally used campaign funds for her personal benefit. Tawanna Gaines faces a sentence of up to 20 years following her plea to one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang is scheduled to...

The Latest: Clintons release statement praising Cummings

Oct. 17, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (all times local): 1 p.m. Former president Bill Clinton and his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, are praising the life and work of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. In a written statement Thursday they called him "a resounding...

Eric Garner's mother urges repeal of NY police secrecy law

Oct. 17, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of Eric Garner is urging New York lawmakers to repeal a law used to keep the disciplinary records of police officers, firefighters and correction officers confidential. Gwen Carr says the law endangers New Yorkers. The 2014 chokehold death of her son became a rallying cry...

Arkansas committee supports raising pay for new teachers

Oct. 17, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislative committee is backing a short-term proposal to increase salaries for new teachers. The state Department of Education has recommended guidelines for the allocation of $60 million to public schools over the next four years. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports...