Latest Legislation News

Lawmakers poised to adopt restrictions on firefighting foam

Jan. 21, 2020 12:03 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foam containing chemicals known as PFAS to reduce soil and water contamination. Both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on the Republican-authored proposal Tuesday....

Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 10:56 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation — a move that has become a key flash point in the national debate over gun...

Legislature sees records requests spike since court ruling

Jan. 20, 2020 6:35 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After several years of not releasing the work records of lawmakers, House and Senate administrators in Washington state are working through how to deal with the influx of requests they’re receiving now that the state Supreme Court has ruled legislators are fully subject to the...

Don't rename 'Chicken Dinner Road' Idaho lawmaker says

Jan. 20, 2020 5:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawmaker said Monday that Chicken Dinner Road in southwestern Idaho is a historic name and is opposed to an animal protection group's request to rename it. Republican Rep. Scott Syme on Monday introduced a concurrent resolution urging fellow lawmakers to support the existing name....

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Democrats pushed forward a progressive agenda as the booming oil industry made headlines in 2019 with record revenues for the state's coffers. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz,File)

Legislature considers tuition-free college, legalizing pot

Jan. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts are underway to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales, fund tuition-free college and shore up pensions for state and local government workers as the New Mexico Legislature convenes. Here are some things to watch during the 30-day session that begins Tuesday at noon....

Idaho lawmakers consider changes in primary voting rules

Jan. 20, 2020 3:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voters will have about two weeks to choose a political party if they want to vote in Idaho's Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in March following action by a House panel on Monday. The State Affairs Committee sent to the full House legislation that will take effect...

Idaho Senate OKs emergency water rights to clean up spills

Jan. 20, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways headed to lawmakers in the House on Monday. The Senate voted 35-0 to approve the legislation that the state Department of Environmental Quality said is needed to prevent someone...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 20, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Barberton school district is doing the right thing Akron Beacon Journal Jan. 18 The Barberton City School District is doing the prudent thing by allowing some members of the Magics boys basketball team to engage in silent protest by...

Lawsuit accuses Reno of shady dealings with ordinance change

Jan. 20, 2020 12:36 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A church built in downtown Reno nearly a century ago is among those suing the city over a change in a shade ordinance they say is intended to benefit a luxury hotel development that could have been subject to more stringent height-related restrictions. The suit filed Jan. 6 in Washoe...

Colorado lawmakers: Toughen workplace harassment protections

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A proposal to rewrite Colorado’s rules for workplace harassment claims is expected to be introduced soon at the state capitol. It would change things for employers by limiting the use of confidentiality agreements in court, and potentially make businesses liable even if a person...