Latest State legislature News

Ku Klux Klan ruled Denver a century ago; legacy still felt

Jun. 13, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nora Flaherty saw the cross burning in front of St. Dominic Catholic Church in north Denver and ran to her home a block away to get her husband. He grabbed an ax and helped put the fire out, but the Ku Klux Klan members who constructed the symbol of hate...

New Hampshire set to increase penalties for some DWI crashes

Jun. 13, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bill aimed at strengthening penalties for repeat drunk drivers is headed to the governor's desk. The House on Thursday agreed to the Senate's version of Tyler Shaw's Law, named for a 20-year-old Concord man who died in 2018 when a...

Current South Carolina state flag will keep flying, for now

Jun. 13, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There’s a South Carolina state senator who looks at the furor over changing the design of the state flag much in the way he sees his wife. “A photograph of my wife is always different, but it’s always beautiful,” the adoring lawmaker, state...

Alaska budget negotiators hope to reach tentative deal soon

Jun. 12, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska legislators who are leading negotiators on a committee tasked with hashing out differences on a state spending package said they would like to reach a tentative agreement as early as Sunday. Whether that happens remains to be seen. The...

Nebraska woman recognizes stroke symptoms on Zoom

Jun. 12, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ann Tillery could see by her own image on the Zoom screen that something was wrong when the left side of her face began to droop. Her speech slurred and her left arm felt heavy. All of the signs of a stroke were there, and the technology of the...

Tuesday special elections are first test of new Georgia law

Jun. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler’s most pressing problem with adhering to Georgia’s new election law before a June 15 special election is finding some heavy equipment to erect a large sign in front of a church that won’t be used as a voting precinct. ...

Louisiana governor agrees to let some felons on jury service

Jun. 12, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a measure that allows some people convicted of felonies in Louisiana to be able to serve on juries for civil and criminal cases. The bill by Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Denise...

SCDOT: Road money drops without higher electric car fees

Jun. 12, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The woman in charge of South Carolina roads is warning lawmakers that the growth in electric vehicles will mean a drop in how much the state has to spend on roads unless they make some changes. Electric cars don't pay the gas tax because they don't...

As virus cases wane, governors weigh ending emergency orders

Jun. 12, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

New coronavirus infections and deaths in the U.S. are down dramatically from earlier highs, though more contagious variants are spreading. Most people are now are at least partially vaccinated, yet lingering hesitancy has slowed the pace and even caused some doses to go to waste. ...

New Mexico rules could lead to big changes in oil industry

Jun. 12, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — So how does New Mexico’s new regulations on methane emission reduction affect Lea County? Energy experts and elected officials tell the Hobbs News-Sun the damage could be drastic. The state Oil Conservation Division issued new...