Latest Legislature News

Maryland bill may follow Queen Anne’s balloon release law

Nov. 22, 2019 7:00 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Letting a balloon float away in Maryland would draw in a fine of $250, under a bill sponsored by Sen. Clarence Lam, D-Howard and Baltimore counties, legislation that is similar to a Queen Anne’s County law. Lam said he hopes that this bill does two things: reduces the amount of...

Advocates call on General Assembly to abolish death penalty

Nov. 22, 2019 6:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Christianberg resident Rachel Sutphin mourns the loss of two men’s lives every day: her father, Cpl. Eric Sutphin and his killer, William Morva. Morva murdered Sutphin, who worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, in Blacksburg on Aug. 6, 2006. On Thursday,...

Hogan issues first paroles for juvenile lifers in decades

Nov. 22, 2019 6:50 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — For the first time in 24 years, individuals sentenced to life in a correctional facility for crimes they committed before turning 18 are being paroled by a Maryland governor. This shift in policy for juvenile lifers by Gov. Larry Hogan, R, is unprecedented in the state’s recent...

Iowa appeals ex-Gov. Branstad $1.5M discrimination verdict

Nov. 22, 2019 6:40 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court a lawsuit in which a jury concluded former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against a former state official because the official is gay, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. A jury awarded former Iowa Workers’ Compensation...

Residents submit nearly 14,000 signatures to recall lawmaker

Nov. 22, 2019 5:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group has turned in nearly 14,000 signatures seeking to recall a Traverse City-area state lawmaker who is facing criminal charges in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money. The residents need at least 12,201 of the voter signatures submitted Friday in Lansing to be...

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans

Nov. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EST

PABLO, Mont. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women as concerns mount over the level of violence they face. Barr announced the plan, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, during a...

Evers vetoes allowing sex offenders to live near schools

Nov. 22, 2019 5:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bill that would have allowed violent sex offenders to live within 1,500 feet of schools and other places where children are likely to be present. Former Gov. Scott Walker vetoed the same law change in 2018. The intention was to give counties more...

Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 4:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday wouldn’t commit to signing bipartisan legislation supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong as he tries to work out a trade deal with China. Trump’s comments came after the House and Senate this week passed the Hong Kong Human Rights...

Mayor, Senate candidate not guilty of leaving crash scene

Nov. 22, 2019 4:28 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A jury has found a Montana mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate not guilty of leaving the scene of a crash after rear-ending another vehicle earlier this year. The Independent Record reported Thursday that Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins acknowledged crashing into the vehicle May 20...

What’s next in impeachment: A busy December, and on to 2020

Nov. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of public hearings, Democrats could soon turn the impeachment process over to the House Judiciary Committee. They’re moving “expeditiously” ahead as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has instructed. At some point in the coming weeks, the House intelligence...