Latest Legislature News

Justice: Technology helped Nebraska courts face pandemic

Jan. 21, 2021 12:41 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's courts have faced a big challenge due to the coronavirus pandemic but continue to serve the public with the use of technology, the state's chief justice said Thursday. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican said the pandemic forced the courts to turn to...

Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Legislature

Jan. 21, 2021 12:34 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. The Senate bill seeks to expand sports betting to include the state’s licensed card rooms...

Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 12:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advancing a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution insisted Thursday that it should go on the state's August 2022 primary ballot, prompting criticism that they fear failure if the statewide vote is held in a different election. The...

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)

Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for Transportation

Jan. 21, 2021 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, appeared on a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to help carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Speaking at...

President Joe Biden signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census

Jan. 21, 2021 12:12 PM EST

Battered by criticism that the 2020 census was dangerously politicized by the Trump administration, the U.S. Census Bureau under a new Biden administration has the tall task of restoring confidence in the numbers that will be used to determine funding and political power. Picking up the pieces of a long,...

Signs on the wall reads

French victims of child abuse speak out in new #MeToo wave

Jan. 21, 2021 12:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — “I was 9. ... It was my father. He raped me until I was 17.” The French government pledged on Thursday to toughen laws on the rape of children after a massive online movement saw hundreds of victims share accounts about sexual abuse within their families. The move comes in the...

Montana businessman charged in US Capitol breach

Jan. 21, 2021 12:05 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana businessman has been arrested and faces federal felony charges for his alleged participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote. Videos taken inside the Capitol and social media posts led to Monday's arrest of Henry...

Former President Donald Trump looks out his window as his motorcade drives through West Palm Beach, Fla., on his way to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach after arriving from Washington aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

'Just move on': Republicans grapple with post-Trump future

Jan. 21, 2021 12:05 PM EST

For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for...

Vermont Sen. Leahy now 3rd in line for the presidency

Jan. 21, 2021 11:57 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is now third in line for the presidency. Leahy was sworn in Wednesday as the president pro tem of the Senate. The post goes to the senator with the most seniority in the majority party. Leahy, who took office in 1975, is now the senator...

Senate fails to hold oil executives responsible for damage

Jan. 21, 2021 11:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to hold liable any corporate officer responsible for oil- and gas-related violations. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Greater North Dakota Chamber had lobbied against the bill, saying it unfairly...