Latest State legislature News

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...

Dickinson man aims to overturn bills passed by Legislature

May. 25, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson electrician is heading an effort to overturn three bills recently passed the North Dakota Legislature. The referral petitions submitted by Riley Kuntz were announced Friday by Secretary of State Al Jaeger. The petitions aim to stop new restrictions on the state auditor,...

Indiana educators disappointed about mental health funding

May. 25, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The failure of Indiana lawmakers to approve proposals during this year's legislative session that would have made mental health services eligible for school safety funding is a huge disappointment, education officials said. Early in the session, Democratic state Rep. Tonya Pfaff, a...

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...

Massachusetts Statehouse hearing to focus on sports betting

May. 25, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — How best to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts will be the focus of a pair of hearings at the Statehouse this week as lawmakers work to tackle the latest shift in the state's gambling landscape. The hearings will focus on several bills that aim to regulate betting on sports events,...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

May. 25, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the...

Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle

May. 25, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a balanced budget, legalized marijuana and sports betting, a revamped income tax system, and a multibillion-dollar state construction program. It enters its...

Vermont House adjourns, Senate returns next week

May. 25, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has adjourned for the session and the state Senate will be back at the Statehouse next week. The session is drawing to a close without the Legislature taking final action on two closely-watched bills: paid family leave and minimum wage. In a Friday letter to Senate...

November vote likely on Terre Haute casino referendum

May. 25, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Voters in western Indiana's Vigo County will likely decide this fall whether they will let plans for a new casino go forward. Voter approval of the referendum is required under a law adopted by state legislators this spring allowing construction of a casino in Terre Haute. The...

Lawmaker hopes to name overpass for fallen Illinois trooper

May. 25, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Efforts are underway in Springfield to name a highway overpass in honor of an Illinois trooper killed in a traffic crash. The (Freeport) Journal-Standard reports that the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to name the U.S. 20 overpass the "Trooper Brooke...