Latest State legislature News

Lawmakers approve ear protection for Ohio motorcyclists

Jan. 24, 2020 1:10 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Motorcyclists in Ohio would be allowed to wear earphones or earplugs while riding under a measure meant to ward off hearing loss, under a bill on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine. The House and Senate have both approved the legislation, which would prohibit motorcyclists from listening to...

New Mexico may ratchet up tobacco oversight

Jan. 24, 2020 12:22 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by minors and young adults. Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would raise the age limit...

Gianforte draws barbs at Montana GOP gubernatorial debate

Jan. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rep. Greg Gianforte took some shots from his fellow Republican candidates for governor during the primary election’s first debate featuring all three candidates on Thursday. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox suggested Gianforte would best serve the party by not abandoning his...

NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at the NCAA convention Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

NCAA's Emmert: 'Our job' to solve athlete compensation

Jan. 23, 2020 9:54 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert spoke for 20 minutes Thursday in a crowded ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, two huge video boards on either side of the stage showing his image so the folks way in the back could see. He said many outside that room view college sports as...

Alaska Legislature to consider veto overrides

Jan. 23, 2020 9:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet Friday to consider overriding some of the vetoes made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, though the House speaker said it remains to be seen if the votes are there. At least 45 votes among the 60-person Legislature are needed for an override. House Speaker...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, rifles are lined up and ready to be auctioned at Johnny's Auction House, where the company handles gun sales for about a half dozen police departments and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, in Rochester, Wash. After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

House passes bill to let State Patrol destroy crime guns

Jan. 23, 2020 8:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations. The measure gives the State Patrol the option available to all other law enforcement agencies in the state...

Prison system seeks money to hire more officers

Jan. 23, 2020 8:26 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's corrections chief on Thursday asked lawmakers for a $42 million funding increase as the state tries to combat “unacceptably high” violence and comply with a federal court order to add 2,200 officers by 2022. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn made the request...

Lawmakers propose rival plans to bolster highway revenues

Jan. 23, 2020 8:23 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are considering two opposing plans for bolstering state highway revenues. Lawmakers heard two bills on Tuesday that propose new systems for vehicle registration fees in the state in response to a decline in gas tax revenue and road maintenance funding, New...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, smoke billows around power transmission lines as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest electric utility, filed for bankruptcy last year after facing an estimated $50 billion in damages from several Northern California wildfires that were linked to its equipment, including one blaze in 2018 that killed 85 people and destroyed about 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong...

Senate passes bill for schools to provide menstrual products

Jan. 23, 2020 7:16 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday requiring public schools to include free menstrual products in their bathrooms. Senate Bill 232 applies to schools that educate fifth-to-12th graders. According to the Virginia Department of Education, this encompasses 132 school...