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Former Ohio lawmaker sentenced on federal fraud charge

Nov. 16, 2019 3:37 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio lawmaker accused of defrauding programs intended for disadvantaged businesses has been sentenced in federal court. Former Democratic State Rep. Clayton Luckie, of Dayton, received four months in prison Friday after a judge rejected a probation recommendation from the U.S....

GOP lawmakers plan to prepare state budget proposal earlier

Nov. 16, 2019 1:28 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature’s majority Republicans plan to have their own state budget proposal for the next fiscal year on the table before Gov. Doug Ducey presents his own version in mid-January. The Arizona Capitol Times reports that’d be a departure from recent years when...

Ohio bill would erase time limits, loophole in cases of rape

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators in Ohio are debating a proposal to lift the statute of limitations on rape. It would also close a loophole that allows rape inside marriage to go unpunished. During Senate hearings that began Wednesday, Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Nickie Antonio, of Lakewood, said...

Missouri lawmakers frustrated with GM job-retention promises

Nov. 16, 2019 11:17 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After scrambling to pull together $50 million in tax breaks for General Motors, some Missouri lawmakers say the company is coming up short so far with its promises for job retention at a suburban St. Louis plant. Lawmakers secured the incentives late last session at the urging of...

Hospitals launch campaign to overcome affiliation rejection

Nov. 16, 2019 10:55 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two seacoast-area New Hampshire hospitals that want to affiliate with Massachusetts General Hospital are launching a public-relations campaign aimed at overcoming the objections of state regulators. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and Exeter Health Resources, which includes Exeter...

Indiana lawmaker wants young age requirement for Legislature

Nov. 16, 2019 8:14 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 26-year-old lawmaker wants to see Indiana’s Constitution changed so that people as young as 18 could run for the state Legislature. The constitution currently sets minimum ages of 21 to serve in the Indiana House and 25 for the Indiana Senate. But Democratic Rep. Chris Chyung...

Last governor’s race of 2019 tops Louisiana ballot Saturday

Nov. 16, 2019 1:16 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters will settle the nation’s last 2019 gubernatorial contest Saturday, deciding whether to give the Deep South’s only Democratic governor a second term or replace him with a Republican businessman favored by President Donald Trump. Democratic incumbent...

Climate group plans Vermont’s legislative agenda for 2020

Nov. 15, 2019 9:40 PM EST

EAST ARLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A nonpartisan caucus focusing on climate solutions has briefed Vermont residents on their legislative priorities for 2020. Members of the state Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus spoke to the public about their plans for next year at the Federated Church of East...

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...