Latest State legislature News

Poarch Creeks offers $225 million for gaming exclusivity

Nov. 15, 2019 7:54 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Poarch Band of Creek Indians have offered to pay the state $225 million for the exclusive right to operate casino games in Alabama, the latest bid by the tribe to secure an agreement for casino games. The tribe unveiled the proposal and accompanying public relations campaign...

North Carolina lawmakers redraw state’s congressional map

Nov. 15, 2019 7:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year. The GOP-controlled General Assembly enacted boundaries for...

N Carolina legislative districts set for 2020 as appeal ends

Nov. 15, 2019 7:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s legislative districts are set for the 2020 elections after the state Supreme Court refused on Friday to fast-track a redistricting appeal. That decision led the plaintiffs who successfully sued based on partisan bias claims to end their legal challenges. The...

Oklahoma judge reduces J&J order in opioid lawsuit by $107M

Nov. 15, 2019 5:34 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount in his final order in the case by $107 million because of his miscalculation. District Judge Thad...

Dunleavy: Special session this year increasingly less likely

Nov. 15, 2019 5:24 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It appears increasingly less likely a special session of the Alaska Legislature will be held yet this year to address the check paid to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said. In August, Dunleavy accepted the dividend passed by lawmakers, which...

The Latest: Plaintiffs to fight new N Carolina Congress map

Nov. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly redrawing the state’s congressional map (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s congressional district map will fight a replacement map approved by the Republican-controlled...

Idaho board axes birth certificate gender rule

Nov. 15, 2019 4:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Board of Health and Welfare has scrapped a temporary rule requiring transgender minors to get a doctor’s approval before changing the gender listed on their birth certificate. The Idaho Press reports that board chairman Darrell Kerby announced the rule was being...

California governor sets dates for special elections

Nov. 15, 2019 4:29 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor has scheduled special elections to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Katie Hill and a Republican state senator. Gov. Gavin Newsom scheduled a general election on May 12 for the 25th Congressional District covering parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties...

North Carolina lawmakers go home, next return in January

Nov. 15, 2019 4:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has ended its brief return visit to Raleigh. The Senate and House adjourned on Friday, two days after reconvening. The Senate finalized a replacement map for the state’s congressional districts and elected Greensboro construction firm owner...

Black NJ lawmakers introduce bill to explore reparations

Nov. 15, 2019 1:19 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Black New Jersey lawmakers have called on the state to examine its role in slavery and possibly pay reparations to its black residents. Leaders of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus introduced a bill Thursday that could establish the New Jersey Reparations Task Force to review...