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Analysis: Big decisions await governor, voters after session

Jun. 13, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers wrangled their votes, worked out their deals and wrapped up their session. But they still have two hurdles to getting their most significant measures enacted: persuading the voters and surviving the governor's veto pen. One...

New Mexico congresswoman joins Biden's pre-K investment push

Jun. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández told a crowd of educators and parents on Friday that she wants federal help to cap child care costs and raise pay for child care workers. The Democrat toured a pre-K Santa Fe school in her home...

More than 100K Oklahomans sign up under Medicaid expansion

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Oklahomans have qualified for Medicaid since enrollment began this month under an expansion of the program that voters approved last year, state officials said Friday. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees the Medicaid...

Delaware Senate OKs bill on cash bail, sends it to the House

Jun. 10, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s state Senate approved a bill Thursday requiring more people charged with crimes to pay cash bail in order to be released from custody pending trial. The legislation, which cleared the Senate on a 19-2 vote and now goes to the House,...

State lawmakers send 'millionaire tax' question to voters

Jun. 09, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers voted Wednesday to put the fate of a proposed “millionaire tax” constitutional amendment in the hands of voters on next year’s ballot. The proposal passed on a 159-41 vote in a joint session of the Legislature, guaranteeing it...

House votes to end governor's pandemic disaster declaration

Jun. 08, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives voted on party lines Tuesday to put an end to the governor's pandemic disaster emergency declaration, less than a month after voters dramatically expanded lawmakers' powers to control such declarations. The...

Alaska governor urges lawmakers to act on dividend plan

Jun. 07, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday urged lawmakers to act on his proposal to place in the state constitution a new formula for the annual check residents receive from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund as the current special legislative session slumped along. ...

More than 50K Oklahomans sign up under Medicaid expansion

Jun. 04, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 51,700 Oklahomans have qualified for Medicaid since enrollment began this week under an expansion of the program that voters approved last year, state officials said Friday. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees the Medicaid...

Lawmakers could send “millionaire tax” question to voters

Jun. 03, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are expected to vote next week to send a proposed “millionaire tax” question to next year’s ballot. Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Ronald Mariano released a statement Thursday saying that the Legislature will...

NJ bills to help casinos, expand sports and other betting

Jun. 03, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering an array of bills that would give Atlantic City casinos some financial relief from COVID-related declines, as well as expanding sports betting, raffles and other gambling. The state Legislature was...