Latest State legislature News

California lawmakers move closer to regional electric grid

Jun. 19, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other states in the U.S. West narrowly cleared a legislative hurdle Tuesday, keeping alive a proposal that has divided environmentalists over the best way to expand renewable energy. The proposal, backed...

AP FACT CHECK: Democratic voter drop historic? Maybe

Jun. 19, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republicans have taken over Kentucky's state government, electing majorities in the state House and Senate and a Republican governor for the first time ever. Now, Republicans say it is the first time in the state's history that Democratic voter registration has dropped below 50...

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida

Jun. 19, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a "cover-up" after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both Florida...

California advances biggest US change to police use of force

Jun. 19, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country. It's time to change a...

Cruz's flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

Jun. 19, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ted Cruz has staged a dramatic about-face on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies, laying bare how politically damaging the issue of separating children from parents accused of crossing the border illegally is becoming for Republicans facing voters this...

Lawsuit: Ex-Senate president understood risk posed by spouse

Jun. 19, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A civil lawsuit is alleging former Senate President Stan Rosenberg knew his estranged husband Bryon Hefner posed a risk to individuals at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Rosenberg and Hefner had an agreement or understanding allowing Hefner access to those individuals. The lawsuit, which...

Massachusetts senator revives push for "millionaire tax"

Jun. 19, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question may not be dead in Massachusetts, after all. A day after the state's highest court struck down the question, a state senator said he'll revive it by filing a proposed legislative amendment to the state constitution in January. Democratic Sen. Jason...

The Latest: Western electric grid bill clears hurdle

Jun. 19, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislation to create a western regional electric grid (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A California Senate panel has narrowly advanced a contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states. The committee's vote...

Romney reports $2M raised ahead of US. Senate primary

Jun. 19, 2018 3:24 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney raised nearly $2 million for his campaign in the past two months, giving him a large financial edge on his Republican opponent in the Utah primary, records show. The ex-presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor also spent $1.4 million in the...

Illinois candidate apologies for decade-old blackface photo

Jun. 19, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A candidate for the Illinois Senate has apologized for a decade-old photo from a Halloween party that depicts him dressed in blackface as a rapper. Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton told The Belleville News-Democrat that most rappers at the time were black and he didn't intend the...