Latest State legislature News

Report: Lawmaker accused of misconduct won't seek reelection

Aug. 24, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct has told his Republican colleagues that he won't run for reelection in 2020. The Tennessean reports state Rep. David Byrd announced his decision during a closed-door caucus meeting shortly before the start of Friday's special...

Florida Democrats fail to force special session on guns

Aug. 23, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers won't be convening for a special session on guns after Democrats failed to win support to immediately address an "epidemic of gun violence" in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. House Democrats needed support from at least 60 percent of each legislative...

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Aug. 23, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds...

Ojeda says medical records leak derailed congressional bid

Aug. 23, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Army Maj. Richard Ojeda says his West Virginia congressional campaign was derailed by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who's charged with leaking medical records. The former Democratic state senator and one-time presidential hopeful filed suit against the VA on...

Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages. House members met for a special legislative session...

The Latest: House blocks resolution condemning neo-Nazis

Aug. 23, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House electing a new speaker (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A resolution condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacy stalled in the Tennessee House during a special legislative session after lawmakers disagreed over procedural rules. Democratic Rep. John Ray...

Kentucky governor's remark stirs spat with ex-GOP challenger

Aug. 23, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this week insulted the challenger he defeated in the May Republican primary, an unorthodox move that runs the risk of alienating a swath of voters he needs to win a second term. While attending the Kentucky Farm Bureau's country ham breakfast on Thursday,...

Teacher shortage, protests complicate educator pay dynamics

Aug. 23, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — First-grade teacher Hillary Madrigal jumped to a nearby school district last year, lured by higher salaries that would allow her to quit her second job as a housekeeper and buy a new car. "I have a college degree. I felt I could make a difference in people's lives as a teacher, but to...

Trump: I'll visit North Carolina for congressional candidate

Aug. 23, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll campaign in North Carolina for the Republican nominee in a special election for the country's last unfilled congressional seat from the 2018 races. Trump tweeted he would soon come to the state for a "big rally" for state legislator Dan Bishop of...

Sanders campaign boss concedes he may not win New Hampshire

Aug. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The campaign manager for Bernie Sanders emphasized Thursday that New Hampshire is a critical presidential primary state he expects Sanders to win, but he's leaving room for a scenario in which Sanders falls short. Faiz Shakir said he doesn't "like the language of must-win," though...