Latest State legislature News

New push to retire Native team names headed to Legislature

Sep. 22, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first Native American woman elected to the Washington state House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools. This has been a goal of Native American leaders, but has new-found momentum after the Washington,...

FILE - In this file photo from July 30, 2020, Ohio state Rep. Bob Cupp talks with the media after being elected Speaker of the House at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Cupp begins to lead the Ohio House as members of his party tout him as the

House speaker's 'Boy Scout' reputation comes with murky past

Sep. 22, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who has served in all...

An ambulance drives past the University Hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. German authorities say a hacker attack caused the partial failure of IT systems at a major hospital in Duesseldorf, and a woman who needed urgent admission died after she had to be taken to another city for treatment. (Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP)

Report: German hospital cyberattack trail leads to Russia

Sep. 22, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails they are following leads to Russia, German media reported Tuesday. The attack caused the failure of IT systems at Duesseldorf's University Hospital two weeks...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...

Long lines are shown waiting outside the location where President Donald Trump will speak at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump's Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north

Sep. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald Trump in her suburban Dayton district. “It hasn’t ebbed. It’s crashed," said Lehner, who is not seeking reelection in the district of...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, speaks about the legislative session with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers call another COVID-19 special session

Sep. 21, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers announced Monday that they will convene a special session next week to address the near-bankruptcy of the state unemployment trust fund, to work on Hurricane Laura recovery and to try to scale back the governor's emergency powers in the latest battle over Gov....

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, tells lawmakers sequestered in adjacent committee rooms at the Capitol, that they have five minutes to cast a nay vote as lawmakers attempt to override a veto by Gov. Tate Reeves of the education budget bill, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The House voted 109-7 to override Reeves's veto of the education bill. In order to lessen the possible impact of COVID-19 on the legislators, most wore masks during their hours at the state building as well as socially distancing themselves in the chamber, in the gallery and in adjacent committee rooms in the Capitol. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Gunn: Mississippi legislators to return by early October

Sep. 21, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators will probably return to the Capitol before Oct. 5 to examine how the state is spending coronavirus relief money it received from the federal government, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday. Gunn said the House and Senate will evaluate “what...

Former state senator pleads guilty to campaign charge

Sep. 21, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former state senator on Monday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign finance charges. Former State Sen. David Burkette, 63, pleaded guilty to violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act during his run for the Montgomery City Council five years ago. The attorney general’s...

4 special elections will fill Mississippi legislative seats

Sep. 21, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four nonpartisan special elections are being held to fill vacant seats in the Mississippi Legislature. Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. If runoffs are needed, they will be Oct. 13. Candidates in Mississippi special elections run without party labels, but they often tell voters...

Resident of veterans home tests positive for a 2nd time

Sep. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A resident of a veterans care center in Massachusetts has tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, state health officials announced Monday. “A veteran resident of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea who was clinically recovered from COVID-19 as per CDC guidance again...