Latest State legislature News

Oregon Legislature OKs new political boundaries

Sep. 27, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Despite a threat to block new political maps Republican state lawmakers returned to the Oregon Capitol on Monday as the Legislature passed legislative and congressional boundaries that included a new, sixth U.S. House seat. The congressional map,...

The Latest: No. 2 Australian city passes Sydney in new cases

Sep. 27, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s Victoria state has recorded more coronavirus infections than New South Wales for the first time since an outbreak of the delta variant began in Sydney in June. Victoria is Australia’s second-most populous state and on Tuesday the state capital...

Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing up to Texas' booming suburbs turning bluer, Republicans on Monday proposed new U.S. House maps that would fortify their slipping grip and shrink the number of seats where the majority of voters are Hispanic — even as they fuel the state's blistering growth. ...

As California's eviction ban ends, some protections remain

Sep. 27, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With a statewide eviction moratorium ending Friday, officials in California are rushing to make sure tenants with unpaid rent know they can still stay in their homes after that date — but only if they have applied for assistance from the state. ...

Georgia congressional district plan could help GOP grab seat

Sep. 27, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An initial proposal to redraw Georgia’s congressional districts appears to give Republicans a better chance of winning a suburban Atlanta congressional district now held by Democrat Lucy McBath, but raises a number of other questions. ...

Foes of tax cuts, voting law changes ready petition filings

Sep. 27, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Massive income tax cuts passed by the Arizona Legislature earlier this year and a series of election law changes could be put on hold until voters weigh in next year if opponents turn in enough signatures by a midnight Tuesday deadline. A coalition of...

Prison construction, sentencing bill before lawmakers

Sep. 27, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Monday began a special session on prison construction, and related reforms. Here’s a look at what is up for debate: PRISON CONSTRUCTION The centerpiece of the session is a $1.3 billion prison...

California to mail every voter a ballot in future elections

Sep. 27, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law makes permanent a change adopted during the pandemic for the 2020 election and the...

Racial alliances, rivalries on display in LA mayor's race

Sep. 27, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity of Los Angeles is on display in the emerging race to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti and the winning candidate who emerges from the growing field of hopefuls will need to navigate rivalries and forge alliances across the city’s racial and ethnic communities. ...

Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds for new prisons

Sep. 27, 2021 19:10 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....