Latest Legislature News

As California's eviction ban ends, some protections remain

Sep. 27, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With a statewide eviction moratorium ending Friday, officials in California are rushing to make sure tenants with unpaid rent know they can still stay in their homes after that date — but only if they have applied for assistance from the state. ...

Georgia congressional district plan could help GOP grab seat

Sep. 27, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An initial proposal to redraw Georgia’s congressional districts appears to give Republicans a better chance of winning a suburban Atlanta congressional district now held by Democrat Lucy McBath, but raises a number of other questions. ...

California 1st to require hourly wages in garment industry

Sep. 27, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday approved what he termed a “nation-leading” law requiring the garment industry to pay workers by the hour instead of for each piece of clothing they produce. Piece-rate compensation can be used to pay...

GOP blocks bill to keep government going; new try ahead

Sep. 27, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked a bill Monday night to keep the government operating and allow federal borrowing, but Democrats aiming to avert a shutdown pledged to try again — at the same time pressing ahead on President Joe Biden’s big plans to reshape government. ...

Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans proposed redrawn congressional maps Monday that would shore up their slipping dominance and bolster their nearly two dozen U.S. House members, while adding new districts in booming Austin and Houston. Texas was the big winner in...

Oregon Legislature OKs new political boundaries

Sep. 27, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Despite a threat to block new political maps Republican state lawmakers returned to the Oregon Capitol on Monday as the Legislature passed legislative and congressional boundaries that included a new, sixth U.S. House seat. The congressional map,...

Foes of tax cuts, voting law changes ready petition filings

Sep. 27, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Massive income tax cuts passed by the Arizona Legislature earlier this year and a series of election law changes could be put on hold until voters weigh in next year if opponents turn in enough signatures by a midnight Tuesday deadline. A coalition of...

Prison construction, sentencing bill before lawmakers

Sep. 27, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Monday began a special session on prison construction, and related reforms. Here’s a look at what is up for debate: PRISON CONSTRUCTION The centerpiece of the session is a $1.3 billion prison...

The Latest: Court lets NYC require vaccination for teachers

Sep. 27, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK — A federal appeals panel says New York City may require teachers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted late Monday to lift a temporary order issued Friday that blocked the mandate from...

California to mail every voter a ballot in future elections

Sep. 27, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law makes permanent a change adopted during the pandemic for the 2020 election and the...