Latest State legislature News

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 01, 2022 07:11 AM EST

Albany Times Union. November 25, 2022. Editorial: Editorial: The cost of abuse The state could find itself financially liable for hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse in prisons. Maybe that will motivate it to do more to prevent it. It’s long been...

Obama heads to Ga. as Warnock seeks big early vote advantage

Dec. 01, 2022 05:31 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters have cast more than 1 million ballots ahead of the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, with Warnock looking to juice an apparent Democratic head start in early voting with a visit Thursday from...

Oklahoma citizen-led initiative would codify abortion access

Nov. 30, 2022 18:58 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Roger Coody has no legal training and his political experience until recently had been limited to registering people to vote. Now, the Oklahoma hairstylist is pushing a ballot proposal he wrote that would make abortion access a constitutional right in his deeply red state,...

Obama historical marker now at Illinois' Old State Capital

Nov. 30, 2022 18:39 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A historical marker dedicated Wednesday on the grounds of Illinois' Old State Capitol commemorates the date when then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama announced his 2008 presidential bid there. The marker standing on the southeast corner of the grounds in downtown...

Illinois Dems tighten parts of criminal justice overhaul

Nov. 30, 2022 18:12 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More crimes, including some nonviolent offenses, would be added to a list that could disqualify defendants in court from being released while awaiting trial under follow-up legislation filed Wednesday to a contentious criminal justice overhaul. It's a key...

Kentucky Democrats to appeal ruling in redistricting case

Nov. 30, 2022 18:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democrats said Wednesday they're taking the next steps in their redistricting fight, including asking the state's highest court to immediately take up their lawsuit challenging new Republican-drawn boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts. ...

Every vote counts: Connecticut race decided by 1 vote

Nov. 30, 2022 17:16 PM EST

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — They say every vote counts. In one Connecticut town, it really did. A race for a seat in the state Legislature has been decided by a single vote. Nearly 10,600 ballots were cast in the race between Republican Tony Morrison and Democrat Christopher Poulos...

Georgia speaker's widow enters race to fill state House seat

Nov. 30, 2022 17:06 PM EST

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. (AP) — The widow of former Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is running to fill his vacant legislative seat. Sheree Ralston announced Wednesday that she was running for election in the 7th House District, which covers Fannin and Gilmer counties and part of Dawson...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Nov. 30, 2022 16:51 PM EST

Tupelo Daily Journal. November 26, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers should consider tax break on baby supplies In his executive budget proposal, Gov. Tate Reeves called for the complete elimination of the state income tax. This has been a bad idea for the past few years...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Nov. 30, 2022 16:48 PM EST

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. November 28, 2022. Editorial: Rural EMS concerns must be addressed If you missed it Monday, we had a story about the pressure emergency medical services are under in Wisconsin. It ran on A3 and, if you haven’t taken the time to read it...