Latest State legislature News

County bans unvaccinated minors in public as measles spreads

Mar. 26, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A county in New York City's northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, hoping a ban against unvaccinated children in public places wakes their parents to the seriousness of the problem. "It's an...

Democrats, Muslim lawmaker decry opening prayer as divisive

Mar. 26, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Tuesday she was offended by a colleague's decision to open a voting session with a prayer a day earlier that "at the name of Jesus every knee will bow." Democratic Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell of...

Baltimore mayor's $500K book deal draws intense criticism

Mar. 26, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A search is underway in Maryland for "Healthy Holly" — not a fugitive or a missing citizen, but a self-published children's book series authored by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and sold for half a million dollars to a health care system whose board of directors she sat on for...

Lawmakers want to give Appalachian dialect its due respect

Mar. 26, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's pronounced "app-uh-latch-uh," not "app-uh-lay-sha." Lawmakers give the pronunciation lesson in a resolution calling for an official state manual called the Tennessee Blue Book to discuss how people in Appalachia talk. A Senate panel advanced the proposal Tuesday. The push by...

Abortion flap could cost Kansas governor her commerce chief

Mar. 26, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly could be forced to replace Kansas' top business development official because of two small grants to a nonprofit group he previously managed from a fund tied to a late physician known nationally for doing late-term abortions. Acting state Commerce Secretary...

North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban ruled unconstitutional

Mar. 26, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a North Carolina law banning women from having abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in an urgent medical emergency. The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge William Osteen in Greensboro gave state legislators 60 days before...

Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue

Mar. 26, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn't so black-and-white. Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still join the 10 states that...

Georgia joins effort to fund menstrual products in schools

Mar. 26, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Every weekday at a middle school near Atlanta, a half-dozen or so students visit the school nurse to get sanitary pads. Their reasons vary: Their mothers don't provide them; they don't have the money; they forgot to bring them; their friends need them. "It's every issue that can be named,"...

Push renewed to elevate White Sands to national park status

Mar. 26, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The push to elevate a vast expanse of shifting white sand dunes in New Mexico to national park status was renewed Tuesday as members of the state's congressional delegation reintroduced legislation aimed at boosting the profile of the already popular tourist destination. "Like no...

State officials abandon plan to increase beach parking fees

Mar. 26, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State environmental officials are no longer considering raising beach parking fees in Rhode Island. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit said Monday that the controversy about the parking rates detracted from the larger goals of celebrating and supporting state...