Latest State legislature News

Republicans agree on $500 million for Wisconsin schools

May. 23, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature have agreed on a $500 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years, including $100 million more for special education, a member of the budget-writing committee said ahead of a key vote Thursday. Senate and Assembly...

Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.

May. 23, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded." Republican Rep. Arnold Mooney of Shelby County on Wednesday went to the House microphone to read a letter seeking...

Alabama House OKs bills meant to combat human trafficking

May. 23, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing mugshots of people charged with soliciting prostitutes to be published. It was one of two bills approved Wednesday aimed at combatting human trafficking. The bill says the mugshot may be published in any printed or...

Louisiana House agrees to pay sheriffs more to house inmates

May. 23, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has unanimously agreed to boost the amount the state pays parish sheriffs for housing state inmates in local jails, an increase that would eventually cost $30 million per year. The proposal from Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Monroe Democrat, would gradually increase...

Lawmakers eye replacing embattled Tennessee House speaker

May. 23, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A handful of lawmakers are throwing their name into the race to be Tennessee's next House speaker. House Speaker Glen Casada has announced this week he will resign after his GOP caucus held a 45-24 secret ballot vote declaring members didn't have confidence in his ability to lead...

Bill aims to protect pregnant workers from discrimination

May. 23, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could provide further protections for pregnant workers from discrimination in the workplace when their employers fail to accommodate them. Democratic Rep. Anne Carney's bill is set for a work session before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Thursday. Maine law currently says...

Texas moves to arm more teachers to prevent school shootings

May. 23, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved a big step closer to arming more teachers and school personnel as a way to help prevent future campus shootings, under a bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott. The measure approved Wednesday night by the state Senate changes the 6-year-old school marshal program that had limited...

California Senate panel OK's $214 billion spending plan

May. 23, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wants to give more benefits to people living in the country illegally as lawmakers in the state Senate advanced a $214 billion spending proposal Wednesday that would expand health coverage and tax credits for immigrants. The proposal would let low-income immigrants...

Nevada teachers rally, push for better education funding

May. 22, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — More than a hundred people rallied Wednesday for better education funding as Nevada lawmakers continue to hash out a budget in the home stretch of the legislative session. The crowd outside the Nevada Legislature, comprised of teachers and their supporters, donned red clothing to...

Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

May. 22, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people's immigration status. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates...