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Massachusetts House passes $42.7B state budget plan

Apr. 25, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers have wrapped up debate on a $42.7 billion state budget plan for the new fiscal year. The spending plan approved Thursday doesn't include new taxes, although Democratic leaders haven't ruled out considering taxes later in the legislative session. Democratic...

Montana Legislature adjourns after passing $10.3B budget

Apr. 25, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers adjourned the 2019 session Thursday after passing a $10.3 billion budget to pay for state services over the next two years and a measure to raise the state's lodging tax to improve the Montana Historical Society museum and other museums statewide. The House held its...

California governor signs internet sales tax law

Apr. 25, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic governor has signed a law requiring companies like Amazon and eBay to collect sales taxes on behalf of some out-of-state sellers. The law comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year states can collect sales taxes from companies even if the company is...

Alabama Senate approves lottery bill, first big hurdle

Apr. 25, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal to start a state lottery narrowly cleared its first major hurdle in the Alabama Legislature as senators gathered the minimum 21 votes needed Thursday to get the measure through the state Senate. Senators voted 21-12 for the bill that would put the idea of starting a state...

Troubled foster care facility target of legislative hearing

Apr. 25, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Child welfare officials say there was credible information that foster children kept at a converted juvenile detention center in southern Oregon were subjected to strip searches, bullying and unwanted physical contact. Top officials with the Department of Human Services revealed the...

Alabama House to vote on abortion ban next week

Apr. 25, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers next week will debate one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation, a measure that would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions. The House Rules Committee put the bill on the House of Representatives' debate schedule for...

Senators present reworked Colorado health reinsurance bill

Apr. 25, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two state senators whose rural constituents pay some of the nation's highest health insurance rates pleaded Thursday for support for a bill to cut those premiums by having the state help insurers cover their highest-risk clients. But the reinsurance bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob...

The Latest: Dems, GOP take credit for session's achievements

Apr. 25, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Montana legislative session (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Both Democrats and Republicans are taking credit for accomplishments during Montana's legislative session, including lowering health care and insurance costs, doing a better job investigating missing persons'...

Nebraska lawmakers look to tweak property tax package

Apr. 25, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A property tax package opposed by Nebraska's largest schools, taxpayer advocates and Gov. Pete Ricketts could be getting another makeover before it goes to the Legislature for debate. Members of the tax-focused Revenue Committee argued over possible changes on Thursday, one day after a...

Some women of color frustrated by Biden's presidential bid

Apr. 25, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden's decision to enter the Democratic presidential race is causing consternation among some Democrats, particularly women of color, who have been hoping for a nominee who better reflects the nation's diversity. At the She the People forum, billed as the first...