Latest State legislature News

Special elections set for 3 open state representative seats

Dec. 8, 2019 4:38 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Special elections have now been set for three vacant seats in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont set aside Jan. 21 for a special election in the 151st Assembly District, which consists of portions of Greenwich. The seat was held by former Republican...

Analysis: New leaders set course for Mississippi Legislature

Dec. 8, 2019 4:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers begin their new term Jan. 7, with Republicans maintaining large majorities in the House and Senate. Some leadership jobs will change hands, including chairmanships of important committees. Republican Philip Gunn of Clinton has enough support among current and...

Kansas lawmakers seeking federal offices free to raise money

Dec. 8, 2019 2:18 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who are running for federal office are free to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists despite a state rule limiting such contributions during the legislative session. The state limit on lawmakers accepting lobbyist contributions during the session doesn't apply to...

Michigan nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this week. The development would be a landmark in a state with many gambling options already. Those include three commercial...

Michigan farmers, lawmakers seek tariff on Turkish cherries

Dec. 8, 2019 10:58 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers and lawmakers want the federal government to impose a hefty tariff on dried tart cherries imported from Turkey, arguing that a subsidy on the fruit is impeding American farmers' ability to compete. Cherry companies from Michigan and Utah on Tuesday asked the U.S. Commerce...

Lawmakers to learn more about Connecticut hospital tax deal

Dec. 8, 2019 9:35 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers will learn more this week about a long-awaited settlement agreement reached between the Connecticut Hospital Association and Gov. Ned Lamont. Members of several key committees in the General Assembly will participate in a hearing on Friday at the Legislative Office...

14 climate activists arrested for trespassing at Statehouse

Dec. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island capital and state police arrested 14 climate activists at the Statehouse for trespassing Friday night. Several hundred citizens gathered on the Statehouse steps in Providence asking Gov. Gina Raimondo to decline contributions from fossil fuel companies or to sign on to...

Alaska officials estimate $200M drop in oil revenue forecast

Dec. 7, 2019 2:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's latest revenue forecast has estimated a $200 million decrease in oil revenue after an excess of the resource contributed to lower prices worldwide, state officials said. The state Department of Revenue released the forecast Friday revealing both prices and production are...

Lawmaker seeks list of all Wyoming educator names, salaries

Dec. 7, 2019 1:17 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Education will release the names and salaries of every school district employee in the state in response to a state senator's request. Republican Sen. Tom James, of Rock Springs, said he wants the list to better understand state budgeting. One purpose is to see...

Capitol Watch: Cuomo again drags feet on special election

Dec. 7, 2019 12:21 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor is once again taking his time to set a special election to fill a Congressional seat left vacant by a western New York Republican who pleaded guilty to insider trading. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now waited over two months to fill that seat. Former...