Latest Legislature News

Ex-New Mexico Majority Leader eyes running for Sapien seat

Feb. 18, 2020 11:06 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Democratic House Majority Leader Rick Miera said Monday he is considering running for a crucial Senate seat currently held by retiring Democratic Sen. John Sapien. Miera told The Associated Press that he is weighing whether to seek the Democratic nomination for the swing seat...

This Sept. 20, 2019, photo shows Massachusetts State Rep. David Nangle in Lowell, Mass. Federal officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that Nangle, a Democrat who represents parts of Chelmsford and Lowell, has been arrested and charged with using thousands of dollars in campaign cash to fund personal expenses. (The Lowell Sun via AP)

State representative charged with misusing campaign funds

Feb. 18, 2020 11:04 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A longtime Massachusetts state representative has been arrested and charged with using thousands of dollars in campaign cash to fund personal expenses and sustain his gambling habit, officials announced Tuesday. David Nangle, a Democrat who represents parts of Chelmsford and Lowell, faces...

Maryland lawmakers seek repeal of vote to expand gambling

Feb. 18, 2020 10:49 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland voters would no longer be required to decide whether to allow gambling expansion in the state, under a measure approved by the Maryland Senate on Tuesday. The Senate voted 46-1 for the constitutional amendment. If the House approves, Maryland voters would still have the final...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bill targeting drug prices

Feb. 18, 2020 10:33 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly is slated to vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The measure is part of a growing call nationwide to do something about rising prescription drug prices. A lack of transparency has created a system in which...

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte takes part in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

In tight vote, Dutch lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade deal

Feb. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a tight vote Tuesday, lawmakers in the lower house of Dutch parliament approved a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada. Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag, who was in parliament to watch the vote, smiled after 72 lawmakers voted for the deal and 69...

Arizona House panel OKs ban on new airport ride-hailing fees

Feb. 18, 2020 9:37 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona House panel voted along party lines Monday evening to advance a proposal barring new fees on ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The 4-3 vote came after a lengthy hearing of the House Regulatory Affairs Committee. Majority Republicans backing...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 16 What if your loved one’s final resting place wasn’t as restful as promised? What if a bulldozer nearby gave way to new building construction? That could be the case for families all across Kansas if a bill before the Legislature uproots decades, indeed centuries, of...

Bill would fund 2nd cardiac care lab at Hilo medical center

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A bill in the Hawaii state Senate would appropriate $3.5 million for additional cardiac care at Hilo Medical Center, officials said. The bill would provide general revenue funds in the 2020-21 fiscal year for a second catheterization laboratory at the Big Island hospital, The Hawaii...

Ed Markey, Joe Kennedy to face off in first televised debate

Feb. 18, 2020 8:45 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, are preparing to face off in their first televised debate. WGBH News will host the hour-long debate Tuesday at 7 p.m. and also will stream it online. The race is pitting two well-known politicians against...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

Feb. 18, 2020 7:47 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in...