Latest State legislature News

Republicans on education board attack social studies plan

Jan. 28, 2021 8:47 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican members of the State Board of Education charged at a meeting that proposed social studies standards are “anti-American” and will teach North Carolina public school students that the nation is oppressive and racist. The board on Wednesday reviewed new K-12...

Whitmer: Holding back federal virus aid 'cruel and reckless'

Jan. 28, 2021 8:36 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday she will not cede her authority to issue certain COVID-19 restrictions, calling Republicans' attempt to hold back federal pandemic relief unless she changes course “cruel and reckless.” The Democratic governor urged GOP lawmakers to...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. A nationwide fight for the GOP’s future is getting fierce in Wyoming. House Republicans are expected to vote in the coming days on whether to oust Cheney from their third-ranking leadership post over her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. Back in Cheney's GOP-dominated home state, momentum is growing not only for statewide GOP censure but also for a 2022 primary opponent (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In Wyoming, Cheney faces blowback for vote to impeach Trump

Jan. 28, 2021 5:51 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — When Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, decided to vote to impeach a president from her own party, she knew she'd cause some waves. She might not have expected the seismic impact at home. But Cheney's vote against Donald Trump has put her home...

Legislators to discuss proper face coverings during session

Jan. 28, 2021 3:00 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's legislative session is already a month old, but lawmakers are still discussing what exactly constitutes a proper face covering. Legislative leaders on Thursday will discuss imposing more stringent mask rules for legislators during the pandemic. The session officially began in...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a member of Wisconsin's Electoral College, casts his vote at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on repealing statewide mask order

Jan. 27, 2021 11:46 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly was poised Thursday to repeal Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ mask mandate, a move that would brush aside warnings from health experts and make Wisconsin one of only 10 states without a statewide order. The Assembly is scheduled to vote...

Kansas state Rep. Blake Carpenter, left, R-Derby, talks to Rep. Vic Miller, D-Topeka, after a House committee meeting on a bill that would allow people under 21 to carry concealed weapons with a special state permit, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Carpenter supports the measure, arguing that people 18, 19 or 20 have served in the military and can be responsible gun owners. (AP Photo/Andy Tsubasa )

Kansas eyes allowing concealed carry for people under 21

Jan. 27, 2021 11:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas gun rights supporters are pushing to lower the age for concealed carry of firearms from 21 to 18. Wichita Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter and a Kansas State Rifle Association lobbyist on Wednesday told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee that it's already legal in...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters during a news conference in which she announces that the state will shut down its system for processing unemployment claims to combat fraud, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The 2 1/2-day shutdown will delay payments to some jobless workers while the state installs anti-fraud processes. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas to shut down unemployment system to deal with fraud

Jan. 27, 2021 11:00 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims are prompting Kansas to shut down its processing system this weekend, meaning some jobless workers will have payments delayed as the state installs new anti-fraud protections, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. Kelly acknowledged that...

GOP: No aid unless counties control school, sports closures

Jan. 27, 2021 9:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $3.5 billion coronavirus recovery plan but threatened to withhold billions to K-12 schools unless Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cedes her administration's power to prohibit in-person instruction and sports to local health departments. Senate...

Panel OKs plan to narrow stalking law over victim opposition

Jan. 27, 2021 9:49 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to narrow the legal definition of stalking cleared an early hurdle at the Utah Legislature Wednesday, despite opposition from victims and advocates. Republican Rep. Candice Pierucci said she decided to sponsor the bill after hearing about an unfair arrest of a Utah man who...

Pennsylvania Senate OKs $912M pandemic recovery aid bill

Jan. 27, 2021 8:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to distribute just over $900 million to aid schools and hospitality-related businesses hit hard by the coronavirus, as well as people struggling to pay rent or utility bills. The bill still requires approval...