Latest State legislature News

Michigan GOP leader uses expletive to call governor ‘crazy’

Nov. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Thursday for using an expletive to describe Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as crazy, saying it was “disrespectful and unnecessary.” The Collegian at Hillsdale College quoted Senate Majority Mike Shirkey’s...

Baltimore ex-mayor enters guilty pleas in fraud case

Nov. 21, 2019 7:48 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges involving sales of her self-published children's books, a case that exposed anew the depths of corruption in Maryland’s largest city. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in...

California lawmaker wants to ban sending unwanted nude pics

Nov. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When she was first elected to the California state Assembly, Ling Ling Chang publicly posted her cellphone number to get feedback from her constituents. It worked, but it came with a dark side effect: unwanted nude photos from strangers. Exposing yourself on the street is a crime,...

Pennsylvania moves to raise cigarettes, tobacco age to 21

Nov. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is moving to join 18 other states and ban the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products by people under 21, although it’s maintaining an exception for military veterans or service members who are at least 18. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said he’d...

Black Georgia lawmakers to push for state hate crimes law

Nov. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Black lawmakers in Georgia said Thursday that they will push for a state hate crimes law after a white 16-year-old girl was accused of plotting to attack black churchgoers. In a statement, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus said it will push for a state hate crimes law “that...

Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits

Nov. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the...

Mini-casino in western Pennsylvania rejected by regulators

Nov. 21, 2019 2:00 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania gambling regulators are rejecting a proposed mini-casino near the state’s western border with Ohio after the winning bidder for the license acknowledged that it couldn’t finance the project. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday denied the...

Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products

Nov. 21, 2019 1:01 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. The bill would also place a 75% excise tax on vaping products and require health insurers, including the state’s Medicaid program, to cover...

Virginia counties approve ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’

Nov. 21, 2019 7:44 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Local officials in a handful of Virginia counties have voted to honor and defend gun rights by declaring their counties to be “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” The movement has spread in Virginia since the Nov. 5 election, when Democrats gained majority control of both the...

Pennsylvania lawmakers near finish on church scandal bills

Nov. 20, 2019 11:08 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Legislature moved closer Wednesday night to settling a yearslong battle over lifting criminal and civil statutes for child sexual abuse crimes in a debate growing out of Roman Catholic Church scandals. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted to dramatically...