Latest State legislature News

Black NJ lawmakers introduce bill to explore reparations

Nov. 15, 2019 1:19 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Black New Jersey lawmakers have called on the state to examine its role in slavery and possibly pay reparations to its black residents. Leaders of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus introduced a bill Thursday that could establish the New Jersey Reparations Task Force to review...

New Mexico lawmakers discuss building future soccer stadium

Nov. 15, 2019 1:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers have met with New Mexico United officials to talk about the possibility of building a new soccer stadium in Albuquerque. President and CEO of New Mexico United LLC Peter Trevisani and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Rael in Albuquerque discussed a potential arena with...

Nebraska state tax collections exceed projections in October

Nov. 15, 2019 12:28 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government once again collected more tax revenue than expected last month. The Nebraska Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state received a net of $290 million in October, which is nearly 9% higher than the $266 million expected in an April forecast. The...

Wyoming lawmakers nix GPA incentive for scholarship program

Nov. 15, 2019 12:02 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have decided against giving college students more state scholarship money for high grades. The Joint Education Interim Committee voted 8-5 against the proposal Thursday in Cheyenne. The bill would have enabled students to boost Hathaway Scholarship funding by...

Utah Charter School Board seeks more power to stop closures

Nov. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The board that oversees Utah charter schools has asked state lawmakers to give them more authority, saying they do not have the power to intervene before a school fails. The Utah State Charter School Board made the request after one charter school closed earlier this year and another...

Ohio House OKs bill expanding religious freedom in schools

Nov. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-dominated Ohio House has approved a bill expanding religious freedom in public schools and allow students to engage in religious expression in their school assignments. The measure was sent to the Senate Wednesday after a 61-31 vote. The bill would remove a current...

Last governor’s race of 2019 tops Louisiana ballot Saturday

Nov. 15, 2019 11:11 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters will settle the nation’s last 2019 gubernatorial contest Saturday, deciding whether to give the Deep South’s only Democratic governor a second term or replace him with a Republican businessman favored by President Donald Trump. Democratic incumbent...

Radio host says he won’t run to unseat Mitch McConnell

Nov. 15, 2019 10:43 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky radio host returned to the airwaves after a hiatus to announce he won’t enter the race to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020. Matt Jones left his popular sports talk show last week when the Kentucky Republican Party complained he was using it to...

Party-switching Kansas House member to seek open Senate seat

Nov. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EST

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area lawmaker who made headlines by switching to the Democratic Party last year is seeking the state Senate seat of another lawmaker who did the same thing. Four-term state Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park announced Friday that she would run next year for the...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 15, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Editorials from around New England CONNECTICUT The Sandy Hook lawsuit is about to expose how the AR-15 is marketed to Americans. That’s good news for all of us. Hartford Courant Nov. 13 The people who sell the weapon of choice for mass killers are going to have to reveal exactly how they peddle their...