Latest State legislature News

NC Senate's budget bill clears tax-writing committee

Jun. 23, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state government budget proposal written by Republicans that also would cut taxes by several billion dollars this decade cleared the chamber's finance committee on Wednesday. The panel's approval of the measure sets the stage for...

Eliminating business property tax gets bipartisan support

Jun. 23, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill to eliminate property taxes paid by Wisconsin businesses on equipment and furnishings is finding bipartisan support in the state Legislature. Republicans proposed eliminating the tax and included $202 million in the state budget proposal to...

Assembly to vote on ending licenses for braiding hair

Jun. 23, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People would be allowed to braid hair without a license under a bipartisan bill the Wisconsin Senate was set to send to Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday. The Black community has been pushing to deregulate braiding for years. Thirty states currently...

Senate to OK allowing government to kill beavers, muskrats

Jun. 23, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was expected to approve a bill Wednesday that would make it easier to kill beavers and muskrats that are damaging roads. Wisconsin law allows the Department of Natural Resources to capture, shoot, trap or relocate wild animals that...

Wisconsin Senate poised to approve gun sanctuary bill

Jun. 23, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was poised Wednesday to approve a bill that would prohibit police in Wisconsin from enforcing any future federal federal laws banning or restricting the use of guns. The proposal is part of a national wave of...

Senate Republicans to consider local redistricting delay

Jun. 23, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate was slated to take up a Republican bill Wednesday that would delay local governments’ redistricting efforts. Wisconsin law requires counties to adopt redistricting plans for supervisors by July 1 and municipalities to adopt...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 22, 2021. Editorial: By coming out, former Penn State standout Carl Nassib proves his courage The Merriam-Webster definition of courage reads as follows: “Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear...

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz announces campaign for governor

Jun. 23, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a critic of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, announced Wednesday that she is running for Massachusetts governor next year — adding another Democrat candidate to a burgeoning campaign. ...

Vermont Legislature to seek to overturn 3 governor vetoes

Jun. 23, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

The Vermont Legislature will be back Wednesday to hold what is expected to be a two-day session to attempt to override three bills vetoed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott. In Vermont, attempts to override vetoes by the governor must start in the chamber where the...

States grapple with closing youth detention centers

Jun. 23, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As states from California to Maine consider drastic changes to youth detention centers, New Hampshire is grappling with its own facility that has been rocked by abuse allegations from years past. The state’s Legislature will vote Thursday on a...