Latest State legislature News

Health officer 'broken' after threats tied to mask order

Sep. 21, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The public health officer in the Grand Rapids area said he's a victim of “brute mob hatred” after ordering masks in schools in Kent County to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Adam London told county commissioners that a woman tried to run...

Frank Pratt, longtime Arizona GOP lawmaker, dies at 79

Sep. 21, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime Arizona Rep. Frank Pratt has died following a long illness. He was 79. Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Pratt's death on Tuesday, calling the Casa Grande Republican “an irreplaceable figure in the Arizona state Legislature.” ...

Lawmakers to consider 6th extension of Lamont's COVID powers

Sep. 21, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are expected to return to the state Capitol next week to decide whether to extend Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic until early February. The state Senate is scheduled to...

Late NC political giant Basnight remembered by ex-colleagues

Sep. 21, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former colleagues of the late Senate leader Marc Basnight gathered Tuesday to remember his lasting contributions to North Carolina and to view a portrait of the Outer Banks Democrat that will hang in the chamber. Gov. Roy Cooper, former Lt. Gov....

Ivey promotes Alabama prison plan ahead of special session

Sep. 21, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday blamed crumbling infrastructure for the state’s prison problems as she prepares to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session on prison construction. “The main issue contributing to these...

Nebraska lawmakers may end session without approving maps

Sep. 21, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The top leader of Nebraska's Legislature warned Tuesday that he will end the special session convened to draw new congressional and legislative maps if lawmakers fail to advance both measures by Saturday, a move that would likely delay the state's May 2022 primary...

Michigan budget boosts child care, keeps caregiver pay hike

Sep. 21, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will make more kids eligible for child care subsidies, equip state troopers with body cameras and make permanent a pandemic wage hike for nursing home workers and other caregivers under the next state budget, poised for initial approval Tuesday. ...

Oregon redistricting talks adjourn early over COVID case

Sep. 21, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

One day after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps — and as questions lingered whether GOP lawmakers would show up to work at the Capitol — legislators were sent home Tuesday following reports of a...

Governor to lawmakers: Spend some of $1.1B in rescue funds

Sep. 21, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor wants state legislative leaders to decide soon on how to spend federal funds to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said in a press briefing Tuesday that Rhode Island is the...

Panel endorses changes to law that sets limits on spending

Sep. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday moved to significantly change the threshold on new legislation that limits spending of federal money by a governor-led panel. The law, passed shortly before the Republican-led Legislature adjourned in April, came...