Latest State legislature News

GOP prosecutor chosen to run for seat vacated by senator

Oct. 19, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have chosen a prosecutor to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold easily outpaced four other candidates during Saturday's nomination...

Texas House Republican caucus condemns GOP speaker,

Oct. 19, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House Republican caucus has condemned GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Republican Rep. Dustin Burrows for secretly recorded comments asking a conservative group to target 10 GOP lawmakers in the 2020 primaries, calling a female lawmaker "vile" and saying President Donald Trump...

Indiana attorney general faces hearing on future as lawyer

Oct. 19, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The professional future of Indiana's attorney general is at stake with a disciplinary hearing that threatens his law license after allegations that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. A former state Supreme Court justice will open a perhaps weeklong hearing Monday on the...

NY won't appeal overturned outside income ban for lawmakers

Oct. 19, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Attorneys for New York have signaled they are not challenging court rulings that invalidated a ban on outside income for state lawmakers and linked pay raises. Democratic Attorney General Letitia James' office has withdrawn its initial appeal of one ruling to the state Supreme Court's...

Interstate Bridge project committee to meet

Oct. 19, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon and Washington lawmakers tasked with reviving moribund talks to replace the Interstate Bridge will meet for the first-time. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports members from Oregon's eight-person bipartisan committee comprised of House and Senate politicians, are scheduled to...

Officials: Affordable housing fund is rarely fully funded

Oct. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — State legislators often use the dollars intended for affordable housing programs for other purposes. To the detriment of affordable housing programs in Northwest Florida and the rest of the Sunshine State, the state Legislature earlier this year took another massive bite out of the...

Judge opposed by abortion foes finalist for top Kansas court

Oct. 18, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A trial-court judge opposed by Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy with conservatives pushing measures to rein in the state's highest court. A state nominating commission led by attorneys selected Shawnee County...

State speaker's campaign aide charged with money laundering

Oct. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A campaign aide to the state House speaker has been indicted on a charge of money laundering, Rhode Island's attorney general announced Friday. Jeff Britt is charged with a felony count of money laundering and misdemeanor charge of making a prohibited campaign contribution,...

Fired Arizona Senate staffer gets $350,000 and her job back

Oct. 18, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona Democratic legislative staffer fired four years ago is entitled to more than $350,000 in damages and should get her job back after a jury found she was discriminated against based on race and sex, a federal judge ruled. Talonya Adams should be reinstated as a Senate policy...

The Latest: Lawyer says Speaker's campaign aide was set up

Oct. 18, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on a campaign aide to the state House speaker being indicted on a charge of money laundering (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A lawyer for a campaign aide to the state House speaker says his client was used as a "fall guy" and is anxious to clear his name at a public trial....