Latest State legislature News

Vermont GOP Gov. Scott lays out $6.3B spending plan

Jan. 21, 2020 3:23 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott is asking the 2020 Legislature to approve a $6.3 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, a 2% increase over the current year. During his speech Tuesday to a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate at the Statehouse, Scott said his...

Business groups back Nebraska public benefit bills

Jan. 21, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s top business groups endorsed two bills Tuesday designed to help low-income people transition from part-time to full-time jobs. The bills seek to eliminate the so-called cliff effect in public benefit programs, an unintended consequence of state law that discourages...

Wisconsin Senate gives OK to taking selfies with ballot

Jan. 21, 2020 3:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters could legally take selfies with their marked election ballots under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday. Wisconsin is one of 18 states with a law barring the showing of a completed ballot, but it is rarely enforced. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote....

Wisconsin Senate confirms 2 Evers' Cabinet secretaries

Jan. 21, 2020 3:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate confirmed two of Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet appointees on Tuesday in votes that come just two months after Republicans fired the governor's agriculture secretary. The chamber confirmed both Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman and Housing and...

Senate approves funding for UW missing soldiers project

Jan. 21, 2020 2:59 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers would be permitted to request funding from the state to recover missing Wisconsin soldiers under a bill the state Senate overwhelmingly approved Tuesday. The bipartisan proposal would allow the UW-Madison Missing-In-Action Recovery and...

Wisconsin Senate approves new student restraint guidelines

Jan. 21, 2020 2:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill Tuesday supported by disability rights advocates and parents that would establish more procedures for when schools restrain a student or place them in seclusion. The disability rights community advocated for improvements to the law after a 2014 study...

Senate OKs lead tests for child care providers, camps

Jan. 21, 2020 2:42 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All day care centers, child care providers and children's camps would have to test their water for lead under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday. Current state law requires anyone who cares for at least four children under age seven less than 24 hours a day to obtain a license...

University of Wyoming professor enters US Senate race

Jan. 21, 2020 2:32 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A second Democrat has entered the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming. University of Wyoming ecology professor Merav Ben-David, of Laramie, announced her candidacy Saturday at the annual Women's March in downtown Cheyenne. A native of Israel, Ben-David has lived in Wyoming...

Wisconsin Senate approves firefighting foam restrictions

Jan. 21, 2020 2:31 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans were poised Tuesday to pass a bill that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foam containing chemicals known as PFAS in the hopes of reducing soil and water contamination, despite Democrats' complaints that the proposal would do next to...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, speaks after a news conference at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Lucido, who is under investigation for allegedly making a sexist comment to a reporter, now faces a sexual harassment complaint from a fellow senator. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan lawmaker says senator harassed her at orientation

Jan. 21, 2020 2:27 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker alleged Tuesday that a fellow legislator sexually harassed her during a Capitol orientation 14 months ago, coming forward a week after a young female reporter said the same senator made a sexist comment to her before a group of high school boys. Sen. Mallory...