Latest State legislature News

Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

Former House Speaker O'Brien seeking US Senate seat

Jul. 23, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A former Republican New Hampshire House Speaker is seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. Bill O'Brien is planning to announce his candidacy Tuesday afternoon at the American Legion hall in Manchester. O'Brien would be the second Republican seeking...

Ohio lawmakers set vote on $1B lifeline for 2 nuclear plants

Jul. 23, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio could become the latest state to hand out a billion dollar financial rescue for its nuclear power plants. Lawmakers in the Ohio House are set to vote Tuesday on a plan that would give $150 million a year to stop the unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely. Republican...

The Latest: Hawaii Lt. Gov. says protesters aren't leaving

Jul. 22, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests against a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green says there will have to be a compromise in order for the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward but doesn't know if that's possible. Green says Native...

Bill addressing vetoes, dividend emerges in special session

Jul. 22, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House's budget-writing committee advanced legislation Monday that would restore significant funding vetoed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and pay residents a dividend of up to around $1,600 this year. House Finance Committee co-chair Rep. Neal Foster cast the measure as an attempt...

The Latest: Bill would address vetoes, Alaska dividend

Jul. 22, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The Alaska House's budget-writing committee has advanced legislation that would restore significant funding vetoed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and pay residents a dividend of up to around $1,600 this year. House Finance...

North Carolina targets robocalls and scammers with penalties

Jul. 22, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A call from grandma and a call from a scammer can look nearly identical when telephone solicitors mask their real number. So North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation Monday to require callers to use their real name and number or the information of the business they're representing....

Financial crisis opens University of Alaska up to layoffs

Jul. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents decided Monday they could no longer wait to see if the Alaska Legislature will bail them out from severe budget cuts inflicted by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Meeting in an emergency session, regents voted 10-1 to allow administrators to expedite...

N Carolina closer to setting rules on ride-sharing drivers

Jul. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators are nearing new requirements for drivers of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in reaction to the death of a university student in South Carolina who police say climbed into a car driven by an impersonator. The state Senate on Monday voted 45-0 for a...

Kentucky governor's pension plan passes state House

Jul. 22, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief proposal cleared the Republican-run state House by a slim margin Monday, surviving a crucial showdown as lawmakers continued a special legislative session convened by the GOP governor. The 52-46 vote capped a three-hour debate, sending the...