Latest State legislature News

Kansas lawmakers set to examine impact of virus mandates

Sep. 27, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature on Monday agreed to create a committee to examine the impact of COVID-19 mandates and what they called government overreach, partly in response to Democratic President Joe Biden's federal vaccine requirements. ...

The Latest: Cuba begins commercial exports of local vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

HAVANA — Cuba has begun commercial exports of its homegrown COVID-19 vaccines, sending shipments of the three-dose Abdala vaccine to Vietnam and Venezuela. President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced the arrival in Vietnam on his Twitter feed Sunday. Cuba’s Center of...

Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds for new prisons

Sep. 27, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Facing a Justice Department lawsuit over Alabama's notoriously violent prisons, state lawmakers on Monday began a special session on a $1.3 billion construction plan that would use federal pandemic relief funds to pay part of the cost of building massive new lockups....

Critics say Indiana redistricting dilutes minority influence

Sep. 27, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Critics assailed the proposed new Indiana congressional and legislative districts on Monday as rigged in favor of Republicans and diluting the influence of minority voters. More than 20 people spoke against the Republican-drawn redistricting plan and...

House Republicans return to Oregon Capitol for redistricting

Sep. 27, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Despite a threat to block new political maps Republican state lawmakers returned to the Oregon Capitol on Monday — the final day for the Legislature to complete redistricting. Enough GOP lawmakers returned to the House floor to achieve a quorum...

Measure on masking in youth sports clears House committee

Sep. 27, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation that cleared a House committee on Monday would give Pennsylvania school districts the authority to decide whether student athletes must wear masks while playing. The Republican-controlled House State Government Committee approved the...

Some Georgia dairy farmers see cash cow in raw milk sales

Sep. 27, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

Family dairy farms in Georgia are fighting to survive, and some farmers say selling raw milk could be the answer, despite public health concerns. White House Dairy Farm owner Marvin Yoder said that because of the oversaturation of the milk market, prices have been driven...

State senator acquitted on 15 charges in federal theft case

Sep. 27, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state senator charged with stealing $600,000 in federal grant money from a health care school she operated has been acquitted on 15 of 20 charges, according to court records. U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl Lipman filed the order...

Florida's state workers feeling COVID impacts on the job

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eighteen months into the pandemic, Florida’s state workers are struggling. COVID-19 outbreaks have closed departments and offices. Three state prisons are closing because of the lack of corrections officers. When their colleagues fall ill,...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 25, 2021. Editorial: Biden administration misled America on Haitian migrants The most important leadership skill for any administration is to be frank, direct and purposeful — to say what they mean and mean what they say....