Latest State legislature News

Delaware lawmakers eye revisions to medical marijuana rules

Jan. 29, 2020 4:25 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers are considering legislation to reduce restrictions on medical marijuana users. A House committee was scheduled to consider two medical marijuana bills on Wednesday. One bill allows qualifying medical marijuana patients and caregivers to grow their own plants, which...

Republican wins southwest Georgia seat in state House

Jan. 29, 2020 12:14 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Republican county party chairman has won the special election for a southwest Georgia House seat left vacant by the death of a lawmaker last year. Joe Campbell of Camilla received just over 58% of the nearly 4,900 votes cast, according to unofficial results from the Georgia secretary of...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

GOP wins closely watched Texas special election

Jan. 28, 2020 11:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans won handily a closely watched special election Tuesday to keep hold of a suburban Houston district that President Donald Trump won easily four years ago, fending off a national blitz by Democrats in a Texas legislative race. The victory by Republican Gary Gates, who put...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivers the budget address to a joint session of the state legislature at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Beshear backs spending increases for education, health care

Jan. 28, 2020 8:54 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear proposed spending increases for public education from kindergarten through college and for health care in a state budget plan that avoids cuts and counts on limited new revenues from taxes on cigarettes and sports betting. In a speech Tuesday evening...

New Mexico state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, testifies at a legislative hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, about a red-flag gun bill he is sponsoring that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham are pushing for the legislation. Hundreds of people filed into the state Senate gallery, including gun control advocates wearing

Gun legislation advances with state Senate committee vote

Jan. 28, 2020 8:53 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal advanced Tuesday in the New Mexico state Legislature that would allow law enforcement officials or family members to seek court orders to seize firearms temporarily from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. A Senate committee endorsed the bill on a party-line...

A group of New Mexico sheriffs stand outside the New Mexico Senate in Santa Fe, N..M., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2019, before a committee debates proposals on gun control and legalizing marijuana. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico recreational pot legalization passes 1st test

Jan. 28, 2020 8:42 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democrat-backed bill to legalize recreational marijuana businesses in all towns and counties across New Mexico passed its first test late Tuesday amid heighten interested from businesses and health care advocates. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 along party lines to...

Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Democrat who represents Buffalo, speaks at a rally for marijuana legalization at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. New York could have one of the most lenient marijuana possession thresholds in the nation if an alternative legalization proposal is passed this session.  (AP Photo/Ryan Tarinelli)

NY pot bill could bring higher possession threshold

Jan. 28, 2020 8:39 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legislative proposal in New York would go further than states across the U.S. over how much marijuana a person could have before getting in trouble. The bill, backed by a number of Democrats in both chambers, would allow people over 21 years old to have three ounces of marijuana. The...

Documents released that prompted ouster of lawmaker

Jan. 28, 2020 7:52 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington House of Representatives on Tuesday released a trove of documents supporting a recent report that branded an arch-conservative state lawmaker a ``domestic terrorist'' and got him kicked out of the Republican caucus. The documents, which cover a period of Republican Rep....

This Jan. 17, 2020, photo, shows the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Legislators in Utah have voted to repeal the recently passed tax reform package amid widespread criticism. The House voted 70-1 and the Senate voted 27-0 on the repeal bill. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah leaders repeal tax reform amid criticism

Jan. 28, 2020 7:45 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah leaders repealed a tax reform package Tuesday that had come under widespread criticism. The Legislature approved and Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the repeal shortly after state elections officials reported that enough voter signatures had been verified to put a citizens...

Kentucky governor presents budget plan to legislature

Jan. 28, 2020 7:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Proposals included in Gov. Andy Beshear's two-year budget plan submitted to the legislature Tuesday evening: EDUCATION: —$2,000 salary increase for all of Kentucky's public school teachers. —1% increase in the state’s school funding formula, known as SEEK....