Latest State legislature News

California lawmaker under fire over net neutrality

Jun. 22, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker's decision to alter a net neutrality bill considered one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to require an equal playing field on the internet has generated intensely personal online attacks aimed at his family as well as criticism from fellow Democrats...

The Latest: Kansas governor orders scrutiny of group homes

Jun. 22, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer ordered an immediate inspection of Topeka group homes that are housing...

Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

Jun. 22, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black teen fleeing a traffic stop as they sought to get the attention of a nation engrossed by the immigration debate, and to pressure officials to charge the officer. Hundreds of marchers chanting "Who did...

Independents can vote in Colorado's major party primaries

Jun. 22, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is joining a growing list of states that allow unaffiliated voters — the state's largest voting bloc — to participate in the major party primaries, thanks to a voter-passed initiative that coincided with disenchantment with the polarization of the 2016 election. The...

2 Senate rivals get attention for different reasons

Jun. 22, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Republican and Democrat hoping to unseat Maine's popular independent Sen. Angus King of Maine are getting some attention, one for his arrest, the other for his dance moves. Democrat Zak Ringelstein traveled to the southern border where he was arrested Friday while attempting to...

Donald Trump Jr. headlines Montana Republican convention

Jun. 22, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. is set to rally Montana Republicans after his father said Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester must pay "a big price" for releasing allegations that derailed the White House's Veterans Affairs nominee. The president's son is the keynote speaker at the state GOP's platform...

Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

Jun. 22, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn't always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness. On July 1, Vermont will become the ninth...

APNewsBreak: Meadowlands plans sports betting near NYC

Jun. 22, 2018 12:12 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Meadowlands Racetrack plans to bring legal sports betting to New York City's doorstep next month. Jeff Gural, who manages the northern New Jersey track, tells The Associated Press that he plans to begin offering sports betting on July 15. That's significantly earlier than a...

Final session for 90-year-old state lawmaker and WWII vet

Jun. 22, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Larkin spent 23 years in the U.S. Army before starting a second career in politics as a state lawmaker in the New York Legislature, arriving in 1979. Looking back, the 90-year-old Republican credits his successes in both endeavors to adhering to the U.S. Military Academy's motto of...

Ex-Alaska lawmaker sentenced on harassment count

Jun. 21, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska legislator accused of hitting a woman hard enough to rupture her eardrum pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor harassment charge. State District Court Judge Kirsten Swanson sentenced Zach Fansler to one year of probation, roughly $900 in restitution and 80 hours of...