Latest State legislature News

Virginia House, Senate pass Democratic spending plan

Aug. 05, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to budget legislation allocating billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money, each passing slightly different bills that lawmakers will have to reconcile. Legislators started...

NC House budget writers start unveiling spending proposals

Aug. 05, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The mostly behind-the-scenes work of North Carolina House budget writers fashioning a proposed two-year government spending plan is getting unveiled. The House scheduled several subcommittee meetings on Thursday to consider spending and policy items...

New Mexico taps federal relief to help harvest chile

Aug. 05, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales has said the state is stepping in to ensure a timely chile harvest after growers and producers raised concerns about an inadequate supply of labor. Morales said Wednesday that the state will funnel up to $5 million...

More than 2 dozen proposed ballot questions filed with AG

Aug. 04, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters next year could be asked to weigh in on more than two dozen proposed ballot questions submitted to the state attorney general's office Wednesday, although if history is any guide only a handful will likely make it through the laborious signature-gathering...

NC sports betting bill gets winning vote from Senate panel

Aug. 04, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to license and tax sports betting throughout North Carolina cleared its first Senate committee Wednesday, with supporters, for now, overcoming social conservatives who argue it will create more gambling addicts. The bill's chief sponsor,...

Majority of NY Assembly would oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit

Aug. 04, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A majority of state Assembly members support beginning impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo if he doesn't resign over investigative findings that he sexually harassed at least 11 women, according to an Associated Press count Wednesday. ...

State lawmaker accused of kicking boy: Stress caused 'mania'

Aug. 04, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator accused of kicking a high school student in the testicles has surrendered his state substitute teacher's license and said Wednesday that “extreme” stress caused him to have "an isolated episode of mania with psychotic features" in a classroom. ...

Bill tightening NC sheriff candidate rejection gets final OK

Aug. 04, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature has agreed that people convicted of a felony can't run for sheriff even if that crime has been formally removed from their criminal records. The House voted 71-39 on Wednesday to accept Senate changes to a measure...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 04, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

Newsday. August 3, 2021. Editorial: It’s time for Cuomo to resign Earlier this year, beset by allegations of sexual harassment, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo requested an independent, outside review of the accusations. And he asked the public to reserve...

Reps. Wozniak, Huizenga win primaries for Senate seats

Aug. 04, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two Republicans in the Michigan House have won special primaries for the state Senate and will be heavily favored against Democrats in November. Rep. Mark Huizenga of Walker narrowly defeated Rep. Tommy Brann and former Rep. Kevin Green on Tuesday,...