Latest Legislature News

FOIA bill allows access to criminal investigation records

Apr. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, a former television reporter, introduced...

Idaho governor to veto bills curbing his emergency powers

Apr. 16, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will veto two bills intended to curb his power to respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. Little made the announcement Friday, with four former governors also voicing support for the decision. ...

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith plans fundraiser at Trump's resort

Apr. 16, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who is considering running for the U.S. Senate, plans to hold a fundraising event at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. An invitation to the April 30 event lists Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and...

Colorado lawmaker: Slavery policy didn't impugn humanity

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democrats in Colorado have condemned a Republican lawmaker for joking about lynching before saying an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person “was not impugning anybody’s humanity." State Rep. Ron Hanks was speaking on the...

Ethics panel to investigate rape complaint on Idaho lawmaker

Apr. 16, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative ethics committee is investigating a rape complaint made against an Idaho state lawmaker. Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, a freshman Republican from Lewiston, denied the allegation in a statement to The Lewiston Tribune on Friday. ...

Another Georgia electric co-op to offer high-speed internet

Apr. 16, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Another Georgia electric cooperative will work with a partner to extend broadband internet. The Washington Electric Membership Corp. announced Friday that it will invest $52 million to reach more than 12,000 customers in Baldwin, Emanuel,...

Signs of recovery as California adds jobs for 2nd month

Apr. 16, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California employers added 119,600 new jobs in March, the second straight month of growth following a topsy-turvy year of enormous losses and inconsistent gains during an unpredictable pandemic. New unemployment claims, both for traditional...

No dice: Judge rejects challenge against NC casino plans

Apr. 16, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal challenge by the operator of North Carolina's two casinos, saying that the tribe had no grounds to oppose a competitor's plans for a third gambling operation in the state. The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has...

Pandemic fuels business and politics for GOP nominee

Apr. 16, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores, a state senator and co-owner with his wife of the...

Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba

Apr. 16, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and country’s 1959 revolution. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening of...