Latest Legislature News

The Latest: McConnell confident about averting shutdown

Dec. 18, 2018 3:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local): 3 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's confident that there will not be a partial government...

Lawmakers could face debate over earthquake damage

Dec. 18, 2018 3:10 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas. Earthquakes have increased in Kansas since 2013 when fracking, or hydraulic fracturing,...

Hungary: Opposition vows renewed protests after holiday lull

Dec. 18, 2018 3:08 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Street demonstrations against recent labor law changes in Hungary appeared to wane on their sixth day, but opposition lawmakers are vowing to pursue legal and parliamentary means to thwart the government while allowing for a lull over the Christmas holidays. About 150 to 200 people...

Options dwindling, GOP congressman appeals to keep his seat

Dec. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last remaining Republican congressman in New England filed an appeal Tuesday that seeks to undo the election of his Democratic opponent under Maine's new voting system, asking the court to act quickly as the swearing-in of new U.S. House members nears. A federal judge last week...

The Latest: Democratic Rep.-elect says he's ready to work

Dec. 18, 2018 2:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on litigation over Maine's new ranked voting system (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden's campaign says he's ready to start work despite an ongoing legal fight waged by his Republican opponent over Maine's new election system. A federal judge...

The Latest: Michigan bill prohibits disclosure of nonprofit

Dec. 18, 2018 2:41 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on developments during the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A bill moving forward in Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is designed to keep secret the identity of donors who give money to nonprofits, including organizations involved...

As a gov't shutdown looms, here's a look at the border wall

Dec. 18, 2018 2:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers are in a standoff over funding the government, and the main sticking point is Trump's demand for $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said during the campaign he was going to make Mexico pay for the barrier —...

Used to bucking establishment, Gabbard eyes White House run

Dec. 18, 2018 2:32 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — One of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's duties when she deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2005 was to scan a list of U.S. combat casualties for names of her unit's soldiers. Her job as a brigade surgeon operations specialist was to make sure these soldiers got the care they...

Lawmaker tweets to GOP legislative aide: 'Kill yourself!'

Dec. 18, 2018 2:32 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state senator apologized Tuesday for what he called a "poor choice of words" after sending a tweet to a legislative staffer urging her to kill herself. Democrat Kevin Parker's tweet to Republican Senate aide Candice Giove consisted of only two words: "Kill yourself!" It came...

Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back

Dec. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Calling her suspension "malicious" and politically-motivated, a former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott. Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday...