Latest State legislature News

Election do-over set in part of Mississippi Senate district

Sep. 20, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A special election will be Nov. 5 in part of a Mississippi Senate district — the same day as the general election for other offices. Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday set the date to finish the Republican primary in Senate District 50 in coastal Harrison County. A Republican committee...

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce medical marijuana bill

Sep. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of lawmakers launched another push Friday to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, introducing a bill that would allow patients to use the drug if they register with the state and create a licensing system for growers. Thirty-three states, including neighboring Michigan,...

Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law

Sep. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state's attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama...

Memorial service set for New Mexico lawmaker

Sep. 20, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A memorial service for Sen. Carlos Cisneros is scheduled for Sept. 27 at the New Mexico State Capitol. The Questa Democrat died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 71. The memorial at the capitol will be followed by a service Sept. 28 at The Light at Mission Viejo Church in Santa Fe....

U of M president criticizes hiring of lawmaker for temp job

Sep. 20, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel has criticized the hiring of a legislator for a temporary job at the school's Institute on the Environment. Democratic Rep. Jamie Long, of Minneapolis, resigned from a clean energy research position this month amid questions over whether...

Thousands of youths turn out for Boston climate strike

Sep. 20, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of young climate change activists have marched and rallied in Boston as part of a global, youth-led day of environmental action. The high school age students who organized the event walked out of classes Friday. They were bolstered by supporters coming from earlier rallies on the...

NC remap won't necessarily produce Democratic majorities

Sep. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's newly redrawn legislative districts are skewed less toward Republicans than the current plans, which judges rejected for political bias, but they wouldn't necessarily guarantee Democratic majorities in 2020, redistricting experts say. The new state House and Senate...

Kansas judge whose tweets sank higher court bid to step down

Sep. 20, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court and prompted Republican legislators to call for a review of his conduct announced Friday that he will step down early next year. Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack said he will retire Jan. 2 from...

Arizona state senator seeks cap pay bill for city officials

Sep. 20, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona state senator has announced plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit city officials from earning more than the governor, officials said. Republican Sen. Paul Boyer said that would mean no employee could make more than Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's current $95,000 salary....

Wisconsin legislators push in-state tuition for tribes

Sep. 20, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of lawmakers is introducing a bill that would allow American Indians from anywhere in the United States to pay resident tuition at University of Wisconsin System schools. The bill's chief sponsors, Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy, Republican Rep. Jeff Mursau and Democratic...