Latest Legislature News

Montana delegation reintroduces bill to name ridge

Feb. 20, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana's congressional delegation is making another attempt to name a ridge in the mountains east of the Paradise Valley for an Air Force crew that died in 1962 when their plane crashed into the mountain. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and...

French senators: Macron security affected by ex-aide's acts

Feb. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French senators say they think President Emmanuel Macron's security has been affected by the conduct and actions of an ex-aide at the center of a political scandal. A Senate commission released a report Wednesday about the former security aide, Alexandre Benalla, criticizing "excessive powers...

The Latest: Prisons chief urges patience on youth prison

Feb. 20, 2019 11:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on state Senate confirmation hearings for Wisconsin Corrections Secretary-designee Kevin Carr and Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Department of Corrections Secretary-designee Kevin Carr is trying to persuade a legislative...

South Carolina sentencing reform bill still work in progress

Feb. 20, 2019 11:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have heard from supporters and critics of proposed legislation to reform South Carolina's prison system. Members of a House subcommittee on Wednesday heard from law enforcement officials, crime victims and their family members about a bill that calls for...

Bill allowing unspecified gender on licenses advances

Feb. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to enable Maryland residents to select an unspecified gender on their driver's licenses has advanced in the state Senate. Senators gave the measure preliminary approval Wednesday. The bill requires an application for a license to allow someone to identify as female, male or...

Vermont House poised to debate abortion-rights legislation

Feb. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House is scheduled to debate a proposal that would guarantee a woman's right to an abortion. Proponents say they want to ensure abortion remains a right for woman in the event the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion nationwide. They...

Independent investigator proposed for Statehouse harassment

Feb. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An independent human resources employee would investigate sexual harassment complaints against New Hampshire lawmakers under a bill before a Senate committee. Currently, complaints against House members are handled by the House or Senate chiefs of staff. Under a bill sponsored by Sen....

House wants to add second cousins to farm ownership law

Feb. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has endorsed a bill to amend the state's Depression-era anti-corporate farming law by allowing second cousins in the mix of ownership. Representatives approved the bill 62-30 on Wednesday. The law dates to 1932, when it was put on the ballot as an initiated...

Sports betting bill advances in Kentucky legislature

Feb. 20, 2019 10:40 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have taken the first step to legalize sports betting. A legislative committee approved House bill 175 on Wednesday. The bill would make it legal to bet on sports in Kentucky. It would also make internet poker and fantasy sports gambling legal. Bill sponsor...

Bills aim to create housing vouchers for Hawaii teachers

Feb. 20, 2019 10:30 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two proposed bills are intended at creating a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii Department of Education or at public charter schools. The bills would authorize the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. to implement the housing program, the...