Latest State legislature News

Conservative governor, liberal lawmakers clash in Vermont

May. 27, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's fiscally conservative Republican Gov. Phil Scott is clashing with the state's famously liberal Legislature. Scott has vetoed a series of bills dear to many lawmakers. One would have created a paid family leave program and another would have gradually raised the minimum wage...

Resisting Trump in a bright red state

May. 26, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

EDMOND, Oklahoma (AP) — Vicki Toombs was watching the returns on election night 2016 when her phone buzzed — a text from her 22-year-old son Beau in Chicago. Beau, who is gay, was afraid that the new administration would end the Affordable Care Act and with it the insurance he and his friends used...

Resistance makes subtle impact even where Trump is popular

May. 26, 2018 9:07 AM EDT

EDMOND, Oklahoma (AP) — Vicki Toombs was watching the returns on election night 2016 when her phone buzzed — a text from her 22-year-old son Beau in Chicago. Beau, who is gay, was afraid that the new administration would end the Affordable Care Act and with it the insurance he and his friends used...

In turnabout, Minnesota senator becomes lieutenant governor

May. 25, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A high-ranking Minnesota lawmaker thrust into the lieutenant governor's office by U.S. Sen. Al Franken's resignation abruptly took the oath of office and resigned her state Senate seat on Friday, a swift reversal for the longtime Republican senator who had resisted the job and its...

Bill to create health care price controls in California dies

May. 25, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal to create government price controls in California for surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services died Friday when it failed to clear a key committee, but the author says he plans to bring it back next year. The measure was a longshot from...

US raises concerns about illnesses tied to synthetic pot

May. 25, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah. In a report released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that synthetic products falsely labeled as cannabidiol,...

Texas school shooting victim family sues attacker's parents

May. 25, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The family of one of the students killed in a Texas high school shooting filed a lawsuit against the alleged gunman's parents, claiming the shooter's father didn't properly secure the weapons and were negligent in entrusting him with firearms. Authorities charged Dimitrios Pagourtzis,...

Since Weinstein: The growing list of the accused

May. 25, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The publication of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked a national reckoning. Since October, scores of men in entertainment, politics, media, and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to...

California lawmaker cleared of groping charge back at work

May. 25, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Embattled California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia returned to the Assembly floor Friday for the first time since an investigation found allegations she groped a male staffer unsubstantiated. The Los Angeles-area Democrat was hugged by a few Democratic lawmakers after she entered...

The Latest: Missouri lawmakers subpoena Greitens to testify

May. 25, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Missouri lawmakers have subpoenaed Gov. Eric Greitens to testify before a special panel considering whether to try to impeach and remove him from office. The chairman of the House...