Latest State legislature News

Montana presses to finish census, eyeing 2nd House seat

Sep. 30, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A complete count of Montana’s households could come with a big reward — a second seat in Congress and millions of federal dollars annually. But the 2020 census deadline remains in flux, making it uncertain if census takers will finish counting the vast, rural state....

Salon owner Shelley Luther begins to speak to the media after she was released from jail in Dallas, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Luther was jailed for refusing to keep her business closed amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Salon owner who defied lockdown makes Texas Senate runoff

Sep. 29, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A Dallas salon owner who was sent to jail for defying coronavirus lockdown orders and became a symbol of conservative angst over COVID-19 restrictions advanced to a runoff for a Texas Senate seat on Tuesday night. Republican Shelley Luther finished in a virtual dead heat with...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom talks to reporters at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have authorized California to give low-income immigrants $600 to buy groceries. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor vetoes bill to aid low-income immigrants

Sep. 29, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have authorized California to give low-income immigrants $600 to buy groceries. The bill was aimed at helping people, including those living in the country illegally, who have been impacted by the coronavirus but are not eligible for...

In this Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 photo, Kwanza Hall  answers a question during the Atlanta Police Foundation's Atlanta Mayoral debate hosted by WSB-TV at their studios in Atlanta.. Crime and safety were the main topic of discussion during live debate. (Phil Skinner/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Hall, Franklin head to runoff for rest of John Lewis’ term

Sep. 29, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin advanced to a runoff in Tuesday’s special election to fill the short remainder of the late John Lewis’ term in Congress. Hall and Franklin led five other candidates in...

UP lawmaker infected with coronavirus, says he is recovering

Sep. 29, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) — A state lawmaker from the western Upper Peninsula said he tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday and was isolating at home. Rep. Beau LaFave, an Iron Mountain Republican, issued a Facebook post saying the worst of his symptoms came and went over the weekend. “I'm...

Trump approves permit for Alaska cross-border railroad line

Sep. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a permit for a proposed rail line connecting Alaska and Canada. So-called presidential permits are required for certain cross-border projects. Trump sent a tweet Friday announcing his intention to sign the permit for the A2A cross-border...

David Glockner, Commonwealth Edison executive vice president for compliance and audit, testifies during the House Special Investigating Committee II hearing at the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The committee is looking into House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in a bribery scandal involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Former ComEd vice president pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former ComEd vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in what prosecutors say was a long-running bribery conspiracy in which the energy utility sought legislative support from one of Illinois’ most powerful Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Fidel Marquez, who headed...

Virginia House approves budget focused on police reforms

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates approved a budget Tuesday that includes funding for a host of criminal justice and police reforms amid national unrest over racial injustice and police brutality. The House spending plan allocates $28.4 million to pay for the package of reforms, which...

A worker holds stickers at a polling place for the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changing absentee rules leave South Carolina voters confused

Sep. 29, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A flurry of federal court rulings this month over whether South Carolinians need witnesses to sign their mail-in ballots this November has left many confused and frustrated as voting registration deadlines approach, with absentee voting beginning in less than a week. The rulings stem...

Bill sent to Whitmer would lengthen bonds for dam repairs

Sep. 29, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday finalized a bill that would lengthen the financing period of lake projects in the wake of flooding that damaged dams and drained lakes in the Midland area. The legislation would extend, from 10 years to 40 years, the maximum maturity date of bonds...