Latest State legislature News

Bevin sets special election for Kentucky state Senate seat

Nov. 19, 2019 4:39 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has set a special election to fill a state Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Dan Seum of Louisville. The special election will be Jan. 14 for the 38th District seat, which covers Bullitt County and part of Louisville. The 79-year-old Republican...

University hosts discussion of state education lawsuit

Nov. 19, 2019 12:09 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A court ruling about insufficient opportunities at public schools in the state is the subject of an upcoming public discussion at New Mexico State University. Experts in public education are inviting residents to join a discussion Thursday in Las Cruces about the lawsuit and responses...

Wyoming governor’s budget would avoid cuts but use reserves

Nov. 18, 2019 11:39 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A two-year state budget proposed Monday by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon would avoid further agency spending cuts for now but dip into a reserve fund to make ends meet amid declining revenue. The $3.1 billion budget for 2021-2022 would also slash construction funding from amounts sought by...

PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Nov. 18, 2019 10:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to more than half a million...

WV lawmakers return, fast-track bills

Nov. 18, 2019 9:24 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are making quick work of their second special session after legislators say the governor sprung a series of bills on them with little warning. The House of Delegates and Senate on Monday approved a measure to stop expunging DUI convictions and passed a bill...

NJ lawmakers planning cannabis question for 2020 ballot

Nov. 18, 2019 9:18 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey legislative leaders unveiled a proposed ballot question Monday that would ask voters whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana. If the proposal to amend the state constitution is approved in 2020, New Jersey would join the District of Columbia and 11 other...

Norcross defends tax breaks at hearing where critic removed

Nov. 18, 2019 9:16 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey’s most influential Democratic powerbrokers disputed corruption allegations at a legislative hearing Monday where a woman organizing protests against him was dragged from the room by state police. George Norcross is an executive at insurance broker Conner Strong...

Bill on handling of fetal remains passes Pennsylvania House

Nov. 18, 2019 8:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to require the burial or cremation of fetal remains that end up in possession of a health care facility passed a divided Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday after an impassioned debate. The bill, which Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto, was modeled on...

$9.50 minimum wage bill advances in Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov. 18, 2019 7:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A compromise package to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 began advancing in the Legislature on Monday, up against a deadline for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to relent on his effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers. A Senate...

The Latest: CEO says PG&E got complacent about power outages

Nov. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has told a California legislative committee that the utility became complacent about power shutdowns after...