Latest State legislature News

Georgia's legislative session nears end

Mar. 23, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's legislative session is almost over. Friday was legislative day 35 of 40. With just a few days left, lawmakers are working quickly to push through high-profile bills. The week saw movement on bills that would authorize Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue a Medicaid waiver and allow...

Mississippi driver's license process: Long lines, long wait

Mar. 23, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Getting a new driver's license in Mississippi can be a multiday ordeal with long lines at Department of Public Safety stations that are short-staffed. "It's just a mess, having to wait in line like this," said 18-year-old Stuart Allen of Raymond, who was back at a station outside Pearl...

Bill would allow automatic voter registration at agencies

Mar. 23, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Voting rights advocates hope new legislation could lead to people being automatically registered to vote when they interact with Connecticut state agencies. The Government Administration and Elections Committee will hold a hearing Monday on a bill allowing various agencies, including...

Budget, guns in schools and felon voting ahead in Florida

Mar. 23, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — If Florida lawmakers are trying to break a record for fewest bills passed during their annual session, they're on a pretty good pace. So far only one bill has been sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — the repeal of a smokable medical marijuana ban that DeSantis signed into...

Whitmer budget would direct $180M more toward drinking water

Mar. 23, 2019 4:12 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a $180 million plan to boost the quality of tap water across Michigan, from replacing lead pipes and school drinking fountains to combating chemicals that are contaminating public supplies and private wells. The spending is included in a supplemental...

Many area teachers work multiple jobs to maintain, survive

Mar. 23, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — As a teacher in Idaho Falls School District 91 and with a second job as a server at Jakers Bar and Grill, some of Jess Marboe's workdays can last up to 15 hours. When she worked a third job — teaching English to children overseas through VIP Kid Teaching Portal for $8.50 an...

Altered WWI monument takes center stage at forum

Mar. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

GREEENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Despite years of legal wrangling, the question of jail time and even anonymous "Unabomber letters" sent in the aftermath, three of the men behind a Heritage Act-defying plan to desegregate an Uptown Greenwood war memorial still can find nothing to regret. "We're just standing up for...

Colorado Senate advances "red flag" gun bill

Mar. 22, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democrat-led Senate debated the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, due process and public safety on Friday before advancing a bill that would allow weapons to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose significant risk. Another vote approving the bill is needed...

The Latest: Colorado Senate advances "red flag" gun bill

Mar. 22, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado Senate debate on a "red flag" gun bill (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Colorado's Senate has advanced a bill that would allow firearms to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose significant risk. The late Friday vote followed hours of debate on the...

Georgia Senate OKs governor-backed 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Mar. 22, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid protests and a heavy police presence, the Georgia Senate on Friday passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed on a 34-18 party-line vote and would be one of the nation's strictest...