Latest State legislature News

As COVID-19 cases rise, health care industry sees upheaval

Sep. 22, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money. Representatives from the state’s health care providers...

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, center, speaks to House members during the session Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. It was Evette's first public appearance since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

South Carolina lieutenant governor returns after COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette has returned to public life after being diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month. Evette came to the South Carolina House chambers on Tuesday, meeting with members, giving hugs telling the story of how she recovered from the virus over and over...

New Mexico council takes on resources, environmental equity

Sep. 22, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday announced the creation of a new council dedicated to finding ways to include minority communities in decisions about access to natural resources and environment protections. The Democrat said in an interview the state has...

FILE - In this file photo from July 30, 2020, Ohio state Rep. Bob Cupp, center, is congratulated after being elected Speaker of the House at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Cupp begins to lead the Ohio House as members of his party tout him as the

New Ohio House speaker's sterling narrative has detractors

Sep. 22, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who has...

Nebraska campaign mailer uses photo of wrong person

Sep. 22, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator who is running for a new term made an embarrassing error in a recent campaign mail piece attacking his opponent. The mailing by Sen. Andrew La Grone, of Gretna, criticizes his legislative challenger, Jen Day, of Omaha. But the photo that purports to show Day is...

New push to retire Native team names headed to Legislature

Sep. 22, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first Native American woman elected to the Washington state House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools. This has been a goal of Native American leaders, but has new-found momentum after the Washington,...

Michigan ban on ticket scalping is up for repeal vote

Sep. 22, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday was expected to vote to lift the state's rarely enforced ban on ticket scalping, bringing the long-proposed bill closer to the governor's desk. The legislation would end a prohibition on the resale of tickets for more than face value. Currently, the law...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., smiles as she removes her face covering to speak prior to Vice President Mike Pence arriving to speak at the

AP FACT CHECK: GOP ads twist deal for Ariz. Dem's ex-company

Sep. 22, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

Republicans in an Arizona U.S. Senate race are distorting the details of a development deal for a high-altitude balloon company co-founded by Mark Kelly, the Democratic candidate for the seat. Contrary to their TV and online ads, Kelly's company didn't get $15 million from taxpayers and give nothing back except...

An ambulance drives past the University Hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. German authorities say a hacker attack caused the partial failure of IT systems at a major hospital in Duesseldorf, and a woman who needed urgent admission died after she had to be taken to another city for treatment. (Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP)

Report: German hospital cyberattack trail leads to Russia

Sep. 22, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails they are following leads to Russia, German media reported Tuesday. The attack caused the failure of IT systems at Duesseldorf's University Hospital two weeks...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...