Latest State legislature News

Maryland gun-control laws taking effect next week

Sep. 26, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — New gun-control laws are taking effect in Maryland next week, and some state lawmakers already are talking about strengthening them in the next legislative session after high-profile shootings in the state. An Associated Press review of firearms-related legislation shows many other...

AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Sep. 26, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. Their work accelerated...

AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Sep. 26, 2018 2:54 AM EDT

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel's members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members from...

Spaceport in New Mexico seeks additional state subsidies

Sep. 26, 2018 1:14 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's spaceport for vertical rocket and runway launches is asking for a 72 percent increase in funding from the state's general fund for the coming fiscal year. Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks was scheduled Wednesday to brief state lawmakers about operations and finances for...

Oregon considers more funding to address water problems

Sep. 26, 2018 1:03 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature is considering allocating more than $1.2 million to better equip state agencies to respond to algal toxin contaminations. The Statesman Journal reports the increased funding stems from Salem's drinking water crisis earlier this year when city public works officials...

Black Vermont lawmaker resigns following threats

Sep. 26, 2018 12:35 AM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A black Vermont lawmaker who was threatened earlier this year has resigned from the legislature. Vermont Public Radio reports Democratic State Rep. Kiah Morris announced her resignation Tuesday evening in a Facebook post . The lawmaker says she needs to help care for her husband, who...

NY lawmakers to review economic impact of arts

Sep. 26, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers want to know more about the economic impact of arts and cultural organizations. The state Assembly plans to hold a hearing Wednesday in Manhattan on the role arts organizations play in the state economy. Leaders of organizations from around the state are expected to...

Push to end bullet train in 2020 could signal GOP strategy

Sep. 25, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried they would lack big-name candidates at the top of the ticket this November, California Republicans turned to a ballot measure that would eliminate a recent gas tax increase in hopes of exciting conservatives and ensuring they show up to support lower-profile legislative...

Investigation: California senator threatened to slap a woman

Sep. 25, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An investigation released Tuesday found a California senator threatened to slap a lobbyist and rubbed her shoulders at a restaurant near the Capitol in August. Republican Sen. Joel Anderson was reprimanded but did not face other discipline. The Legislature is not in session and...

The Latest: Tennessee Senate candidates close out debate

Sep. 25, 2018 8:39 PM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate debate in Tennessee (all times local): 7 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen have closed out their first debate in their U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Bredesen and Blackburn debated for an hour Tuesday,...