Latest State legislature News

Bill proposes separate, elevated state agency for children

Apr. 14, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker wants to make the state agency that serves children a separate, cabinet-level department. Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, introduced a bill that would remove the Office of Children and Family Services from the Department of Health...

Wisconsin Senate set to approve Republican election changes

Apr. 14, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was set Wednesday to pass a host of Republican-authored changes to Wisconsin elections, including a prohibition on accepting private grants to aid election administration. The proposals are part of a larger package of GOP-authored...

Lawmakers chastise state labor leader on benefits claw back

Apr. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several Missouri House members criticized the head of the state's labor department for continuing to try and collect portions of unemployment benefits some people mistakenly received during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency's actions came...

Wisconsin DOJ gets sexual assault kit tracking database

Apr. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is setting up a tracking system to trace the status of sexual assault evidence kits in effort to ensure they're processed quickly, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on Wednesday. The system will be funded with...

Indiana lawmakers send abortion 'reversal' bill to governor

Apr. 14, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have approved a bill requiring doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment that could stop the abortion process. The Republican-dominated House voted 62-25 on Wednesday to give the measure...

Wisconsin Treasurer Godlewski launches US Senate bid

Apr. 14, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski joined the growing ranks of Democrats running for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, launching her bid for the seat in the battleground state currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson who has yet to say whether he will seek a third term. ...

State Senate to pass GOP COVID package despite veto threat

Apr. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the state Senate were poised Wednesday to give final approval to set of bills that would wrest control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and hand it to the GOP. The state is in...

Biden faces long odds in push for more state 'red flag' laws

Apr. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Joe Biden faces an uphill battle as he tries to revive a push for more state laws that would allow authorities to temporarily disarm people who are considered a danger to themselves or others. The political circumstances surrounding this...

Matos sworn in as Rhode Island's lieutanent governor

Apr. 14, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sabina Matos made history Wednesday when she was sworn in as Rhode Island's lieutenant governor, the first person of color to hold the post. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea administered the oath of office in a brief ceremony at the State House...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Apr. 14, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. April 9, 2021. Editorial: Transitioning away from fossil fuels means transitioning away from housing injustice In January, Mayor Jim Kenney announced Philadelphia’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The...