Latest State legislature News

Colleges mull pushing for share of legal wagering proceeds

Aug. 20, 2018 2:08 AM EDT

Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in May allowed states across the country to join Nevada in having legalized sports...

Record number of women have won major party primaries

Aug. 20, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving the way for November battles that could significantly increase the number of...

Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

Aug. 19, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — setting a U.S. record and paving the way for November battles that could...

Local GOP picks disgraced Illinois lawmaker's replacement

Aug. 19, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Helene Miller Walsh, the wife of a conservative radio host and former Illinois congressman, will replace a former state lawmaker who resigned after being accused of sharing nude photos of an ex-girlfriend online. The Chicago Tribune reports Walsh was selected from a pool of about 20...

Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank

Aug. 18, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the state capitol building near a spot reserved for a portrait of President Donald Trump. The prank, which made...

California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

Aug. 18, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now. There's not enough time to settle the contentious and complex issues involved before the legislative session ends Aug. 31, Napa...

Correction: Write-In Candidates story

Aug. 18, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a story Aug. 17 about current and former teachers mounting write-in campaigns for the Kentucky legislature, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bob Nelson is challenging Republican state Rep. John "Bam" Carney. Nelson is running against GOP state Rep. Jason Petrie. A...

Republican insurgent gives Wyoming Senate incumbent a fight

Aug. 18, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Years ago, orthopedic surgeon John Barrasso gave regular health advice on the evening television news, Wyoming-wide exposure that established a reputation as a mild, level-headed caregiver and helped launch his political career. Through 16 years in office, including two elections for...

Cowboy turned lawmaker hopes to be South Dakota governor

Aug. 18, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Billie Sutton planned to be a world champion saddle bronc rider, but a rodeo accident that claimed his burgeoning career and his ability to walk led instead to a political rise that could make Sutton the first Democrat elected South Dakota governor in over four decades. A horse...

Somali-American candidate: Wants to 'instill hope in people'

Aug. 18, 2018 9:37 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Ilhan Omar, who suddenly went from being famous for becoming the country's first Somali-American state legislator to being a likely shoo-in for the first Somali-American congresswoman. "It's been a really interesting rush," Omar said in an...