Latest State legislature News

Jury: Lawmaker didn't lie to FBI, hung on 2 other charges

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal jury in western Michigan on Tuesday cleared a Republican state lawmaker of lying to federal authorities but was hung on two other charges against him. Jurors found Rep. Larry Inman not guilty of lying to the FBI but could not reach a verdict on charges of attempted...

In South Carolina, Steyer investing in black voters

Dec. 10, 2019 5:24 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the waning weeks before South Carolina's presidential primary, Democrat Tom Steyer is renewing his focus on the black voters who play a pivotal role in the first-in-the-South state, rolling out a proposal to improve historically black colleges and institutions. The efforts, Steyer...

Lawmaker: Roman goddess statue shouldn't return to Capitol

Dec. 10, 2019 3:23 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker has asked Gov. Mike Parson to prevent the state from reinstalling a statue of a Roman goddess on the dome of the state Capitol, saying a statue of Jesus could be disputed so a pagan idol should not be allowed. Rep. Mike Moon, an Ash Grove Republican, told...

Ex-lawmaker's family confident in case despite recusals

Dec. 10, 2019 1:22 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The family of a former Arkansas lawmaker found dead outside her home said Monday they're confident in the case against the woman accused of killing her, despite the prosecutor and judge being replaced. The prosecutor handling the case against Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, who is charged ...

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions

Dec. 9, 2019 6:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 gun rights activists wearing “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership. The “God. Family. Guns” rally was...

Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

Dec. 9, 2019 6:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican Rep. Steve Watkins is still listing the UPS store in...

Attorney general recuses himself from open records lawsuit

Dec. 9, 2019 5:16 PM EST

Attorney General Eric Schmitt has recused his office from defending the state in a lawsuit contending the Missouri House violated the state's open records law. It is the second time in two years that the state has had to hire private attorneys to defend lawsuits challenging alleged violations of Missouri's...

Timeline of Wisconsin Guard sex assault developments

Dec. 9, 2019 4:57 PM EST

MADISON, Wis (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard's top commander agreed to resign Monday after Gov. Tony Evers released a federal report that found he improperly launched his own investigations into sexual assault complaints in defiance of federal law and Department of Defense policy. Here is a timeline...

Virginia Sheriff: He'll deputize residents if gun laws pass

Dec. 9, 2019 1:53 PM EST

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff has vowed to deputize county residents if the new Democratic majority in the state legislature passes gun control measures. “Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun...

Impeachment another hurdle for Democrat on GOP turf

Dec. 9, 2019 12:39 AM EST

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — In the midst of a difficult harvest slowed by muddy fields, Jeff Ampe wasn’t thinking much about elections or impeachment. When prodded on his congressman, he’s all positive: Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, he says, has done “a good job for agriculture,...