Latest State legislature News

NC Medicaid expansion stakes rise with Senate leader support

May. 25, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government's most powerful Republican elected official threw his weight fully behind Medicaid expansion Wednesday, raising the stakes for an issue lingering in state politics for a decade that could result in hundreds of thousands of low-income adults getting...

NC parents' bill that bars K-3 LGBTQ issues clears panel

May. 25, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican measure supporters say would empower North Carolina parents to better monitor their children's public school education — and also would bar K-3 class curriculum from addressing LGBTQ issues — received approval Wednesday from a state Senate committee. ...

Ohio’s high court rejects latest GOP-drawn Statehouse maps

May. 25, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A frustrated Ohio Supreme Court rejected Republican-drawn Statehouse maps for a fifth time Wednesday, extending the string of GOP defeats in a redistricting process that has ground the state's legislative primaries to a halt. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor...

Finstad, Ettinger head to special election for Hagedorn seat

May. 25, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican former U.S Department of Agriculture official Brad Finstad will face Democratic former Hormel Foods chief executive Jeff Ettinger in an August special election to finish the term of the late Minnesota GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn. State Rep. Jeremy...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 25, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. May 20, 2022. Editorial: Better dealmaking at the Capitol Saving a chunk of surplus is prudent as the legislative session heads to the finish line. An end-of-session deal that promises to make needed investments in Minnesota...

After shootings, Hochul looks at raising age for guns in NY

May. 25, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday proposed raising the age to 21 for purchasing the type of firearms used in recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas, and possibly for other weapons as well. “I don’t want 18-year-olds to have guns, at least...

Alaska Senate president says he won't seek reelection

May. 25, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Senate President Peter Micciche said Wednesday he will not seek reelection this year, citing a desire to spend more time with family. His announcement comes after the Legislature last week ended its four-month regular session and a week before a...

Florida Legislature approves property insurance package

May. 25, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday gave final passage to sweeping property insurance legislation that creates a $2 billion reinsurance fund and rewrites rules on coverage denials and attorney fees, as lawmakers attempt to stabilize rising rates and insurer...

Bill would outlaw school spankings without consent

May. 25, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Spanking a student in Louisiana schools would be forbidden unless school officials have written permission from the child’s parent, under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House. The bill by Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, a Metairie Republican, had...

Texas elementary school shooting: What do we know so far?

May. 25, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

A gunman stormed into an elementary school Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers in the United States' deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade. Law enforcement officers killed the shooter, identified as a local 18-year-old who had shot and wounded his grandmother and...