Latest Legislature News

Giuliani: Trump camp did no wrong by taking Russian help

Apr. 21, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted Sunday the president's 2016 campaign did nothing wrong by taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special...

Bill allows non-traditional gender designation on state IDs

Apr. 21, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled debate on a proposal that would allow an individual to list a non-binary gender designation on their driver's license. The bill on the calendar for a Senate session on Thursday would provide a choice of listing gender as "X'' instead of male or female....

Lawmakers scramble to finish work ahead of session deadline

Apr. 21, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is in a race to finish its work and leave at least a handful of days on the books before the constitutional 80-day limit. Lawmakers had hoped to be finished in less than 75 days to give themselves a cushion that could be used in the future to address...

Bill requires Ohioans be at least 16½ for driver's license

Apr. 21, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A bill in Ohio's Legislature requiring teenage drivers under 18 years old to use their learner's permits for a full year would mean minors would have to be at least 16½ before they could get their probationary driver's license. The Dayton Daily News reports the bill aims to give...

Legislative commission recommends change for adult education

Apr. 21, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A legislative commission is recommending that adult education programs should be moved to the Department of Labor and Training. A state Senate commission recently recommended relocating the administration of these programs from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to...

Colorado inspections at oil and gas sites showing results

Apr. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

DACONO, Colo. (AP) — State health inspectors equipped with infrared cameras dropped in unannounced on about 2,000 oil and gas operations across Colorado last year and found leaks of heat-trapping methane and volatile organic gas at 13 percent of those sites — half the frequency of leaks they...

Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Apr. 21, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass...

Law lets some hospitals seize tax refunds

Apr. 21, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina law originally written to help state and local governments collect debts is being used by some state hospitals to seize tax refunds from people with past-due medical bills. A report on the practice in Sunday's Post and Courier says much of the money flows to some of...

Honolulu officials approve tax break for homeowners

Apr. 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials have approved a bill that would lower property taxes by about $70 for most Oahu homeowners. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Honolulu City Council unanimously supported the bill last week despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration saying it would cause the city...

Kansas City sculptor help place Harry Truman in US Capitol

Apr. 21, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City artist has been selected to create statue of former President Harry Truman for display in the U.S. Capitol. Sculptor Tom Corbin was chosen by Truman's family and former and current board members of the Truman Library Institute to produce a statue of the country's 33rd...