Latest State legislature News

State lawmaker says he's tested positive for the coronavirus

Jan. 19, 2021 10:20 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state lawmaker in North Carolina has announced that he's tested positive for the coronavirus. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that state Rep. Brian Turner made the announcement on Monday. Turner is a Democrat who represents House District 116 in Buncombe County. He posted on...

Democrat loses committee seats over tweet about rioters

Jan. 19, 2021 9:13 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire Democratic lawmaker has been removed from her committee assignments because of a tweet about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Rosemarie Rung, of Merrimack, tweeted a video of rioters breaking through barriers and confronting police. “Wow. These...

Lawmaker wants task force to study COVID in prisons

Jan. 19, 2021 9:05 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A state lawmaker in Delaware said he plans to introduce a measure that would establish a task force to study how prison officials are handling the coronavirus pandemic. The Delaware State News reports that Rep. Sean Lynn hopes the measure will alleviate complaints and concerns...

Private college's specialty plate discontinued under new law

Jan. 19, 2021 7:37 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A specialty license plate for Edward Waters College in Jacksonville is the first to be discontinued under a new law passed by the Florida Legislature last year. The law requires the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to discontinue the specialty plate with the...

North Dakota senator tests positive for coronavirus

Jan. 19, 2021 7:23 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. Terry Wanzek says he has contracted COVID-19. The 63-year-old Jamestown senator says he took a rapid test Monday and immediately left the Capitol after a test-taker told him about the positive results. Wanzek says he doesn't believe he has any close contacts in the...

Gov. Bill Lee speaks during the Tennessee Higher Education Commission session of the state budget hearings Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Lee said Tuesday he's looking to include

Tennessee gov set for State of the State speech in February

Jan. 19, 2021 4:10 AM EST

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is slated to give his third annual State of the State speech on Feb. 8. State lawmakers announced the date of the evening address on Friday. The first-term governor has entered his third year in office with fellow Republicans maintaining supermajorities in the House and Senate during the...

Fencing blocks an entrance to the New Mexico State capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The barriers were erected following the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C., after safety concerns for the upcoming legislative session. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico legislators look for solutions to hobbled economy

Jan. 19, 2021 12:04 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Daunting challenges await the New Mexico Legislature as it convenes a 60-day session amid an unrelenting pandemic and concerns of violence at a Statehouse building guarded by troops and encircled by fencing, barricades and mobile security cameras. Proposals aimed at reviving the...

North Dakota lawmaker sorry for mass email of QAnon video

Jan. 18, 2021 7:12 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican state representative from North Dakota apologized for sending a video from the QAnon movement to all of his fellow lawmakers over the weekend, saying he mistakenly thought it was a message from President Donald Trump. Rep. Terry Jones said he forwarded the video, a...

Boogaloo Bois stand on the sidewalk on 9th Street in support of lobby day on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Richmond, Va.  The day is a chance for citizens to use a day off work to meet with their legislators. (AP Photo/John C. Clark)

Senate gathers on 'Lobby Day' under heightened security

Jan. 18, 2021 7:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers met under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Several gun-rights advocates came to Richmond on Monday, some of them heavily armed. The Martin...

Transgender youth targeted by two proposed Montana bills

Jan. 18, 2021 5:06 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House on Monday held a committee hearing on two bills that focus on transgender young people, echoing similar efforts underway in other states. One of the bills would prohibit doctors from providing transgender youth certain gender-related medical treatment. Another would...