Latest State legislature News

Flap over Lt. Gov. aide's firing roils Kentucky leadership

Jun. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When the Kentucky governor's chief of staff authorized the firing of a top aide to the lieutenant governor he "overstepped his boundaries," Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton said Tuesday, ratcheting up an unsettling election-year dispute for Republicans. "Every Kentuckian should be concerned...

Alabama's Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

Jun. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative firebrand Roy Moore of Alabama will announce this week if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, confirmed that he will make an announcement on the Senate race Thursday. Moore ran for U.S. Senate in 2017, but lost the special election amid...

Indiana attorney general sued over groping allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general is facing allegations of sexual harassment and defamation in a federal lawsuit filed by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year. The women and their lawyers announced the lawsuit against Republican state Attorney General Curtis...

Kansas faces future budget woes even with a revenue surplus

Jun. 18, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' tax collections have beaten expectations nearly every month for the past two years and the state expects to end June with close to $1 billion in cash reserves, but the budget problems that followed a former governor's notorious tax-cutting experiment aren't necessarily a thing...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge of violating...

The Latest: Oregon House approves progressive climate policy

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on Oregon's cap and trade proposal (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The Oregon House has approved an economywide cap-and trade-program. The program would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution "allowances" for each ton of carbon industries plan...

New York state OKs licenses for immigrants in US illegally

Jun. 17, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally under legislation approved by lawmakers and signed into law Monday night. The Democrat-led state Senate voted 33-29 in favor of the bill after several hours of debate and was...

The Latest: NY OK's licenses for immigrants in US illegally

Jun. 17, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on xxxxxxx (all times local): 10:35 p.m. New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. The state Senate approved the proposal Monday and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it later in the day, following...

Lawmakers raise alarm after wave of Philly shootings

Jun. 17, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawmakers from Philadelphia called for increased action from state and city officials Monday to stem a rising tide of gun violence that included a fatal shooting when someone sprayed gunfire into a high school graduation party at a public park. The bloody weekend comes as Philadelphia's...

North Carolina GOP pushes back on redistricting allegations

Jun. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for North Carolina Republican lawmakers pushed back hard in state court on Monday over accusations the legislators misled federal judges in an earlier redistricting lawsuit. Republican legislative leaders filed a response to a motion from attorneys for Common Cause, the state...