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...

Montana legislators fail to override governor's 8 vetoes

Jun. 18, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers were unable to override Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's vetoes of eight bills that had passed with more than a two-thirds majority. The secretary of state's office released results of a mail-in vote on the final three bills Tuesday. It's been 20 years since a...

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...

Property taxes go up same under Evers, Republican plans

Jun. 18, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Property taxes would increase the same on average under Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal as they would under the alternative Republican plan. That is the conclusion reached Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Under both plans, the average tax bill on a $174,000...

California governor, lawmaker alter tougher vaccine rules

Jun. 18, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a state lawmaker have reached a compromise on legislation aimed at cracking down on fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccinations. The measure by Democratic Sen. Richard Pan would give public health officials more oversight of doctors and schools...

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...

Mackinac Island drone bill sent to Whitmer's desk

Jun. 18, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mackinac Island could enact rules to restrict the use of drones under legislation heading to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. The Senate gave unanimous, final approval to the bill Tuesday. The measure stems from a task force that recommended protection for the island...

Another North Carolina legislator joins race for US Senate

Jun. 18, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Another former North Carolina state legislator is joining the Democratic U.S. Senate field, running next year for the seat held by Republican incumbent Thom Tillis. Eric Mansfield announced Tuesday he's officially entering the race, two months after he said he'd formed an...