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Indiana lawmakers planning on return for redistricting votes

Apr. 11, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers won’t be done for the year when their regular legislative session ends later this month. Legislative leaders are laying the groundwork for a return by all 150 lawmakers to Indianapolis months from now to approve new congressional...

Time ticks on Florida bills on protestors, budget, voting

Apr. 11, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers have little time to waste as they debate and finalize legislative proposals, big and small, in the waning days of the legislative session — including a state budget, a nationally watched elections bill and a so-called “anti-riot” bill that is...

WVa lawmakers pass $4.5 billion budget with cuts to colleges

Apr. 10, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers approved a $4.5 billion budget on Saturday that leaves the state's two top universities with a combined $28 million cut, unless future surpluses can kick in to cover it. The 23-11 vote in the Senate came on the final day...

Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return Monday to the state Capitol for their first full-length regular session since the pandemic began and with far more topics than the coronavirus on the agenda. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page...

Reforms follow deadly year in New York nursing homes

Apr. 10, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After a deadly year in New York's nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation intended to hold facility operators more accountable for neglect and potentially force them to spend more on patient care. Rules passed in recent days as part of...

Nebraska sets stage for new prison, stops short of approval

Apr. 09, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers set the stage Friday for a new, $230 million prison even as other states close theirs, but they stopped short of fully endorsing the idea. Lawmakers gave first-round approval to $14.9 million in state funding that would allow the...

New Mexico governor signs $7.4B state budget, vetoes relief

Apr. 09, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Friday a $7.4 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year that boosts state funding for public education, early childhood services and more — while using her veto pen to assert sole authority over $1.6...

Evers orders removal of slabs from UW System headquarters

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers took the unusual step Friday of ordering workers to remove all concrete slabs hanging over the entrances and exists of the University of Wisconsin System headquarters building, days after two slabs fell off the facade and crashed to the sidewalk outside...

West Virginia weighs income tax cut to stem population loss

Apr. 09, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With West Virginia about to lose another congressional seat because of steady population decline, some Republican lawmakers are convinced a massive income tax cut is the key to reversing the trend. But figuring out how to do that without harming the state's most...

Appeals court sides with Wisconsin governor on press access

Apr. 09, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, upholding a ruling from a lower court. ...