Latest State legislature News

Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

The Latest: Hawaii Lt. Gov. says protesters aren't leaving

Jul. 22, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests against a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green says there will have to be a compromise in order for the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward but doesn't know if that's possible. Green says Native...

Financial crisis opens University of Alaska up to layoffs

Jul. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents decided Monday they could no longer wait to see if the Alaska Legislature will bail them out from severe budget cuts inflicted by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Meeting in an emergency session, regents voted 10-1 to allow administrators to expedite...

Federal lawsuit: $25M fraud at Tennessee senator's clinic

Jul. 22, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee senator and other officials at a now-shuttered pain clinic company are facing a federal lawsuit that claims they defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of more than $25 million. The complaint filed Monday in Nashville by federal and state authorities alleges that Comprehensive...

Democrats seek hearings over firing of Iowa agency head

Jul. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called Monday for government oversight hearings on Gov. Kim Reynolds' refusal to discuss her reasons for asking the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services to resign. Senate and House Government Oversight Committee Democrats are...

Ex-candidate admits lying about operating on Pulse survivors

Jul. 22, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former candidate for the Florida Legislature acknowledged to state investigators that she lied when she said she was a medical doctor who had removed 77 bullets from 32 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016. The Florida Department of Health last week issued a cease and...

Lawmakers suspend inquiry into motor vehicle agency

Jul. 22, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers opened and then abruptly suspended their inquiry Monday into troubles at the state motor vehicle department that were exposed by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation voted to recess just minutes into its oversight...

Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas running for Congress in 2020

Jul. 22, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis said Monday she is running for Congress, five years after badly losing a bid for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. She will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, one of the most...

The Latest: Another Democrat enters 2020 Texas Senate race

Jul. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democrats jumping into big 2020 races in Texas (all times local): 11 a.m. A longtime Texas Democratic lawmaker is joining the growing field of U.S. Senate challengers against Republican incumbent John Cornyn. State Sen. Royce West launched his campaign Monday during a...

In key Senate races, Democrats buck leftward tilt on issues

Jul. 22, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MJ Hegar, the leading U.S. Senate challenger in Texas, rides a Harley-Davidson in viral videos and has called herself "an ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding Texas Democrat." She is not a Democrat who promotes "Medicare for All." She mentions that during a narrow loss for a House seat last...