Latest Legislature News

Missouri House delays lawmaker resignation to finish review

Apr. 15, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Thursday refused to accept a lawmaker's resignation so the Ethics Committee can fully investigate allegations that he physically and sexually abused his children years ago. The GOP-led House voted 153-0 to prevent Republican...

Idaho panel OKs plan for lawmakers to call special sessions

Apr. 15, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into session. The House State Affairs Committee on a voice vote sent the resolution to the full House, where it will need a...

Arizona changes tax code to match US steps on COVID relief

Apr. 15, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Legislation approved with bipartisan support among state lawmakers and signed into law by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey conforms Arizona's tax code to federal income tax changes that include steps providing pandemic relief. The bill signed late Wednesday by...

EU Parliament committee backs Brexit trade deal

Apr. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Parliament committees overwhelmingly backed the new trade deal between the 27-nation bloc and former member Britain Thursday, pushing it onward to the full legislature for a final vote expected later this month. The EU and the United...

Germany sees record vaccinations amid hospital warning

Apr. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Thursday that the country has set a new record for the number of COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day, even as authorities warned that hospitals are seeing a “dramatic” rise in the number of coronavirus patients needing treatment. ...

Capitol Police watchdog says force needs a "culture change"

Apr. 15, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top watchdog for the U.S. Capitol Police will tell a House committee on Thursday that there is a need for a culture change within the force after broad failures in its response to the Jan. 6 insurrection, including missed intelligence predicting a “war” and weapons...

Arizona governor to sign bill legalizing sports betting

Apr. 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to sign a bill Thursday that allows a major expansion of gambling in the state, providing a potential revenue windfall for the state and for tribes that will be allowed to boost their gambling offerings. The measure approved...

Indiana House votes to override emergency powers bill veto

Apr. 15, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators inched towards a possible court fight with Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday by voting to override his veto and give themselves more authority to intervene during governor-declared emergencies. The Republican-dominated House voted 59-26...

Kansas Sen. Marshall votes no on advancing hate crimes bill

Apr. 15, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Roger Marshall of Kansas is among a handful of conservative U.S. senators who opposed moving forward with a Democratic-sponsored measure for confronting hate crimes against Asian Americans. Marshall's office said Thursday that an existing...

Hank Huckaby dies at 79 after 'unparalleled' Georgia career

Apr. 15, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Huckaby, for decades a consummate insider called on by Georgia governors from both parties to oversee finances and make tough choices, died Wednesday at age 79. Huckaby's death was announced by Gov. Brian Kemp and House Speaker David Ralston. ...