Latest State legislature News

County cuts deal to end fight over Arizona Senate subpoena

Sep. 17, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Board members overseeing Arizona’s most populous county reached an agreement Friday evening with the Republican-controlled state Senate that will end a standoff over a Senate demand that they hand over computer routers for use in an unprecedented partisan election review. ...

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election 'investigation'

Sep. 17, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate sued Friday evening in a state court to block a Republican-approved subpoena seeking voter information and to put a stop to what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election. ...

With hands tied, Montana officials issue public health plea

Sep. 17, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in both Missoula and Bozeman are begging Montana residents to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated as hospitals face increasing strain and the state remains without any statewide health mandates. Officials in Bozeman and Missoula...

Idaho Republican officials plan lawsuit over vaccine mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican officials are warning President Joe Biden of legal action if his proposed coronavirus vaccine requirement for about 100 million Americans goes into effect. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, House Speaker Scott Bedke...

Bipartisan election bill introduced in Pennsylvania

Sep. 17, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to try to fix disputed or gray areas of Pennsylvania's election law was introduced Friday in the state Senate, after more than a year of lawsuits, partisan bickering and legislative stalemates inflamed by last year's presidential election. ...

Michigan lawmaker to get a mental health exam, stay jailed

Sep. 17, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was jailed for violating his bond conditions in a drunken driving case must complete a mental health exam, a judge ordered Friday. Livingston County Judge Michael Hatty ordered the exam for state Rep. Jewell Jones, a...

New Mexico backs Texas in opposing nuclear fuel storage

Sep. 17, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top New Mexico leaders say they’re open to “most anything” that would prevent spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste from being stored indefinitely in the state, including legislation like a measure recently adopted by Texas to prevent the shipping and...

South Dakota's top lawmakers release AG impeachment petition

Sep. 17, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislative leaders on Friday distributed a petition to lawmakers asking them to support a special session to consider impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for a car crash last year that killed a pedestrian. House Speaker...

Conceptual redistricting maps emerge from citizens board

Sep. 16, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A citizens advisory committee to the New Mexico Legislature on political redistricting endorsed a set of conceptual maps Thursday to circulate for public comment. The committee is forging toward an Oct. 15 deadline for outlining redistricting map...

One in 538: Map sparks fight over electoral vote in Nebraska

Sep. 16, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — A new political map proposed by Nebraska Republicans wouldn't just make it harder for Democrats to win one of the state's three House seats — it would make it a little bit harder for Democrats to win the White House. Nebraska is one of only...