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Some teenagers find Legislature a dead end for their ideas

May. 25, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-led Arizona Legislature has proved receptive in recent years to certain proposals offered up by teenagers, passing laws to designate lemonade as the state drink and copper as the state metal. But some students who went to the State Capitol this year say they got a different...

Capitol Watch: Trump tax bill awaits Cuomo; Pot progress?

May. 25, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, a bill that would grant Congress access to Donald Trump's state tax returns awaits action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Meanwhile, members of the Senate are taking a look at legislation that would legalize marijuana and regulate paid gestational surrogacy....

Minnesota Legislature passes $48B budget in special session

May. 25, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature ended its special session Saturday after approving a $48 billion budget to fund state government for the next two years. The House and Senate pulled an all-nighter to pass their budget bills and adjourned around 7 a.m., finishing the one-day gathering close...

Native veterans get another chance to receive land

May. 25, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but the 74-year-old Yup'ik leader from Southwest Alaska has done it — with help from others, he points out. Congress in...

Family of woman mauled by lion pushes for new regulations

May. 25, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Alex Black came face to face with an escaped lion when she was just 10 days into her unpaid internship at a private animal sanctuary. The 22-year-old had been preparing deer meat to feed the big cats, and suddenly found herself alone, staring down the lion in a place where it could...

Q&A: A look at what Michigan car insurance overhaul means

May. 25, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign a bill to cut the country's highest auto premiums following a landmark deal that was reached with legislative leaders and approved by large margins in the House and Senate. The changes will follow a years-long impasse in the state over generous...

Arizona House passes budget, Senate looks to resolve impasse

May. 25, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House approved most of an $11.8 billion state budget overnight, putting pressure on the deadlocked Senate to resolve an impasse that has stalled progress for days. The Senate was scheduled to meet Saturday as GOP leaders try to address the varied concerns of holdout Republicans...

Arizona lawmakers push to finish work amid budget impasse

May. 25, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers pressed Friday to finish their yearly work. In between contentious budget negotiations that advanced in fits and starts, they voted on a wide variety of remaining legislation. Here's a look at the highlights: BUDGET The House approved some of the bills required to implement...

The Latest: Arizona lawmakers OK new initiative requirements

May. 25, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local): 11 p.m. Legislation imposing new requirements for initiative petition circulators is headed to Gov. Doug Ducey. The measure approved late Friday requires paid circulators or those from other states to sign a notarized form...

Arizona Senate leaves for night without budget deal

May. 25, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate adjourned for the night late Friday without breaking an impasse on an $11.8 billion state budget plan negotiated between Republican legislative leaders and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey. A handful of Republican holdouts prevented action on the budget for a second day as they seek...