Latest State legislature News

Connecticut legislature addresses nursing home deficiencies

Jun. 12, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some big changes are expected at Connecticut nursing homes in the coming months. From mandatory two-month supplies of personal protection equipment and full-time infection specialists to the ability for residents to have cameras in their rooms,...

Study: Illinois public defenders struggle with big caseloads

Jun. 12, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Public defenders across Illinois are struggling with excessive caseloads and a lack of independence that is negatively affecting their clients, according to a new study commissioned by the Illinois Supreme Court. The study, which was released Tuesday,...

Oregon legislator is 1st-ever ousted after Statehouse breach

Jun. 11, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21. Legislators said on the House...

Biden nominee's link to 1989 logging sabotage blasted by GOP

Jun. 11, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee federal lands in the U.S. West is facing Republican pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago. ...

NY lawmakers wrap up 2021 work, but could return

Jun. 11, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session this week, but legislative leaders said they may return. The state Assembly continued its work into the early morning hours of Friday, ending a legislative session marked by the...

Kentucky AG files suit challenging new parole board rule

Jun. 11, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general challenged a new state parole board rule Friday, claiming the policy gives “the worst of the worst” another chance at having their life-in-prison sentences cut short. The rule applies to dozens of inmates,...

Former Alaska lawmaker pleads not guilty to election charges

Jun. 11, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska legislator was indicted on new felony charges alleging voter misconduct related to the 2018 elections, according to an indictment released by the state Department of Law. Gabrielle LeDoux pleaded not guilty Thursday, the department...

Judge tosses suit seeking end to Delaware River drilling ban

Jun. 11, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania that sought to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, ruling they lacked standing to sue. Senate Republicans led...

State board ordered to OK bill to end emergency powers law

Jun. 11, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature can repeal a law that was the backbone of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders, without her interference, after a unanimous decision Friday from the Michigan Supreme Court. The order to certify the...

Lawmakers rewrite rules for Louisiana's voting system search

Jun. 11, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the final minutes of their legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to change the way the state shops for voting systems, to include more public vetting and require an auditable paper trail, after two recent efforts to replace the state’s voting machines...