Latest State legislature News

Courser sentenced to 12 months of probation, can avoid jail

Sep. 16, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan lawmaker has been sentenced to 12 months of probation stemming from charges that were filed over a plot to hide his extramarital affair with another legislator. Todd Courser was sentenced Monday in Lapeer. He must pay $1,125 in fines, court costs and fees. The...

Indiana, Illinois AGs investigate after fetal remains found

Sep. 16, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general said Monday that he will work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate what he called the "grisly discovery" of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains at the Illinois home of a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana. Republican Attorney...

The Latest: Vaping death reported in central California

Sep. 16, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California action on vaping (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. The announcement Monday by the Tulare County Public Health Office comes hours after Gov. Gavin...

Classic campaign event draws Democrats to South Carolina

Sep. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Four Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina on Monday for what organizers call the oldest traditional campaign speech event in the country, taking an opportunity to continue to make their cases ahead of the first Southern vote of 2020. On Monday, Joe...

Collins' aide: New Kavanaugh accusation 'lacks an accuser'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins says newly disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are not adding anything new to what's already been reported. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat who hopes to unseat Collins...

New state law brings hope to Colorado mobile home residents

Sep. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park...

The Latest: Indiana, Illinois AGs to probe fetal remains

Sep. 16, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the discovery of fetal remains at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion doctor (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Indiana's attorney general says he'll work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate last week's discovery of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal...

Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

Sep. 16, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

A federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Joseph Cecil Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection...

Pigeon poops on lawmaker discussing pigeon poop problem

Sep. 16, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A pigeon apparently didn't think much of a lawmaker's ideas to address a messy situation at a Chicago Transit Authority stop known by some as "pigeon poop station." WBBM-TV reports that one of the birds did its business on the head of Democratic state Rep. Jaime Andrade as he was discussing...

Trump's rally in New Mexico is a bid for an upset next year

Sep. 16, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Donald Trump lost New Mexico by 8 percentage points in 2016. Last year, his party lost a House seat and the governor's mansion. Last week, a congressional candidate went viral by taunting the president by name in an ad. Still, Trump is headed to New Mexico on Monday for a campaign...