Latest State legislature News

Colorado state Rep. Kimmi Clark Lewis dies of cancer at 62

Dec. 6, 2019 7:46 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Kimmi Clark Lewis, who represented a large rural swath of eastern Colorado, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 62. Lewis, who died surrounded by friends and family at home on her ranch in Kim on Friday, represented House District...

Suit to force treasurer from Statehouse office can continue

Dec. 6, 2019 6:06 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawsuit brought by Idaho legislative leaders seeking to force the treasurer out of her first-floor office in the Statehouse can move forward, a judge ruled Friday. Fourth District Court Judge Nancy Baskin didn't rule on the merits of the case but said the legislative leaders have...

Governor puts House on timetable to pass minimum wage bill

Dec. 6, 2019 5:48 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is putting the state House of Representatives on a timeline to pass legislation he has long sought to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage, saying Friday that the Republican-controlled chamber has until the end of the month. If the House doesn't pass the bill, Wolf's...

Wisconsin governor lights 'holiday' tree; choir sings carols

Dec. 6, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Madison, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lit the state Capitol's “holiday tree” while praising scientists as a choir sang Christmas carols Friday in an odd juxtaposition of the two sides of the ongoing debate over the tree's symbolism. The state Department of Administration places a...

WV House to return for special session later this month

Dec. 6, 2019 5:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates will reconvene later this month to continue the second special legislative session, officials said Friday. Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw on Friday issued a call for the chamber to meet Monday, Dec. 16, at noon. A spokesman for the House...

Man convicted of death threat against Muslim candidate

Dec. 6, 2019 4:38 PM EST

A North Carolina man was convicted Friday of a charge he anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, federal prosecutors said. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison following his conviction in federal...

Look out texters: Official wants distracted driving cameras

Dec. 6, 2019 4:30 PM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A new set of eyes may soon be watching some Maryland roads: Surveillance cameras that can see if drivers are using their cellphones. Montgomery County Councilman Tom Hucker asked Democratic Maryland Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher Monday to file a bill that would allow the county to use...

Push to ratify ERA launched in Utah, eyed in other states

Dec. 6, 2019 4:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A renewed national push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has come to conservative Utah, where supporters have launched a long-shot bid to become the tipping point state, despite opposition from the influential Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah is one of several...

Kentucky's outgoing GOP governor leaving with parting shots

Dec. 6, 2019 2:54 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Combative to the end, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin unleashed a spree of attacks against his successor just days before handing over power, displaying the abrasive side of a personality that at times overshadowed his one term in office and contributed to his downfall. In...

USM ditches attempt to become UMaine-Portland

Dec. 6, 2019 2:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine is ditching its effort to become the University of Maine at Portland, for the time being, at least. The state lawmaker sponsoring a bill to change the name has withdrawn the proposal at the request of USM officials. USM President Glenn Cummings...