Latest State legislature News

Kansas lawmaker says legal team will help immigrant children

Jun. 23, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative leader says a former federal prosecutor has assembled a team of attorneys to provide legal services to immigrant children separated from their parents and detained in group homes in Topeka. Wichita Democrat and Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward announced...

The Latest: Kobach has fundraiser with rocker Ted Nugent

Jun. 23, 2018 8:24 PM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Republican primary race for Kansas governor (all times local): 7:20 p.m. About 175 people attended a fundraiser for conservative Republican Kris Kobach's campaign for Kansas governor with rocker and gun-rights provocateur Ted Nugent as dozens of people protested...

The Latest: Congressman says kids at center get good care

Jun. 23, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall is returning from a visit to the Texas border saying that several hundred...

Romney makes final pitch to voters ahead of Senate primary

Jun. 23, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah's mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican Senate primary Tuesday against a conservative state lawmaker. His opponent has painted him as an outsider...

New Mexico lawmakers consider revisiting complex liquor laws

Jun. 23, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering rethinking New Mexico's complex liquor licensing system in hopes that more local alcohol vendors can help revitalize downtowns in smaller cities, like a brewery did for Truth or Consequences. Members of the Economic and Rural Development Committee...

Louisiana session nears end: Senate speeds budget, tax bills

Jun. 23, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are speeding to an early end of their latest special session, with final passage expected Sunday of a tax deal to avoid deep budget cuts and keep state finances on an even keel for seven years. Senate committees Saturday quickly advanced the sales tax bill to...

US House candidate who beat Sanford seriously hurt in wreck

Jun. 23, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid was seriously injured in a vehicle crash on Friday and will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, a spokesman said. State Rep. Katie Arrington underwent surgery for her injuries and was...

The Latest: Dead driver named in crash that hurt candidate

Jun. 23, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Politicians and friends from across the country are sending thoughts and prayers to Republican U.S. House candidate Katie Arrington after she was seriously injured in a car crash in South Carolina. President Donald Trump posted on Twitter he was thinking about Arrington. U.S. Rep....

Capitol Watch: Summer campaigns, session misfires

Jun. 23, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, lawmakers left a lot of unfinished business when they wrapped up their legislative work for 2018. High-profile proposals that didn't get a vote include proposals to authorize sports betting, eliminate cash bail and authorize early voting. Now that the...

West Virginia paid $1 million for vacant office space

Jun. 23, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state government has paid nearly $1 million in the past three years to rent vacant office space. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources renewed its lease with Pin Oak Properties in 2014 and paid $30,000 a month...