Latest State legislature News

Biden backs Abrams in closely-watched Georgia race

Jun. 20, 2018 3:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Stacey Abrams Wednesday in her bid to become Georgia's first Democratic governor in 15 years and the nation's first-ever black female state executive. The former vice president hailed Abrams in a statement to The Associated Press for her "track record...

Republican candidates for Tennessee governor to debate

Jun. 20, 2018 12:07 AM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Tennessee governor are set to square off in a debate. The one-hour debate will be held at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Legislative issues and crime are among the topics of discussion. The debate will include...

Dems tussle on charter schools in Tennessee governor debate

Jun. 19, 2018 9:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The two leading Democrats in Tennessee's open governor's race tussled during a debate Tuesday over charter schools, the National Rifle Association and one candidate's use of federal flood money to build a downtown Nashville amphitheater. State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh...

California lawmakers move closer to regional electric grid

Jun. 19, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other states in the U.S. West narrowly cleared a legislative hurdle Tuesday, keeping alive a proposal that has divided environmentalists over the best way to expand renewable energy. The proposal, backed...

AP FACT CHECK: Democratic voter drop historic? Maybe

Jun. 19, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republicans have taken over Kentucky's state government, electing majorities in the state House and Senate and a Republican governor for the first time ever. Now, Republicans say it is the first time in the state's history that Democratic voter registration has dropped below 50...

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida

Jun. 19, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a "cover-up" after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both Florida...

California advances biggest US change to police use of force

Jun. 19, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country. It's time to change a...

Cruz's flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

Jun. 19, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ted Cruz has staged a dramatic about-face on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies, laying bare how politically damaging the issue of separating children from parents accused of crossing the border illegally is becoming for Republicans facing voters this...

Tennessee GOP Senate hopeful blames liberals in separations

Jun. 19, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's leading U.S. Senate candidates on Tuesday decried the separation of immigrant families at the border, with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn laying the blame for that on liberals. Blackburn said that as a mother, her "heart breaks for the families," but she contended that...

The Latest: Western electric grid bill clears hurdle

Jun. 19, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislation to create a western regional electric grid (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A California Senate panel has narrowly advanced a contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states. The committee's vote...