Latest State legislature News

Former Democratic Tennessee lawmaker Roscoe Dixon dies

Apr. 16, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Roscoe Dixon, a former Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee who worked for civil rights groups and served in the Legislature for 25 years before becoming embroiled in the “Tennessee Waltz” corruption scandal, has died, a friend said. He was 71. ...

2020's election keeps coming up in 2021's high court race

Apr. 16, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the Republican primary in Pennsylvania's top-of-the-ticket election contest this year, one particular subject keeps coming up on the campaign trail: last year's presidential election. The campaign for an open state Supreme Court seat follows...

Pandemic fuels business and politics for GOP nominee

Apr. 16, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores, a state senator and co-owner with his wife of the...

FOIA bill allows access to criminal investigation records

Apr. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, a former television reporter, introduced...

Colorado lawmaker: Slavery policy didn't impugn humanity

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democrats in Colorado have condemned a Republican lawmaker for joking about lynching before saying an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person “was not impugning anybody’s humanity." State Rep. Ron Hanks was speaking on the...

Ethics panel to investigate rape complaint on Idaho lawmaker

Apr. 16, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative ethics committee is investigating a rape complaint made against an Idaho state lawmaker. Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, a freshman Republican from Lewiston, denied the allegation in a statement to The Lewiston Tribune on Friday. ...

Another Georgia electric co-op to offer high-speed internet

Apr. 16, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Another Georgia electric cooperative will work with a partner to extend broadband internet. The Washington Electric Membership Corp. announced Friday that it will invest $52 million to reach more than 12,000 customers in Baldwin, Emanuel,...

Signs of recovery as California adds jobs for 2nd month

Apr. 16, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California employers added 119,600 new jobs in March, the second straight month of growth following a topsy-turvy year of enormous losses and inconsistent gains during an unpredictable pandemic. New unemployment claims, both for traditional...

No dice: Judge rejects challenge against NC casino plans

Apr. 16, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal challenge by the operator of North Carolina's two casinos, saying that the tribe had no grounds to oppose a competitor's plans for a third gambling operation in the state. The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

Apr. 16, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she...