Latest State legislature News

Opponents drop bid to block California vaccination law

Dec. 9, 2019 10:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents on Monday dropped their attempt to block California’s new law cracking down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children's vaccinations. They had floated two measures that could have put the Jan. 1 law on hold until voters considered...

California feud with Trump could impact budget surplus

Dec. 9, 2019 8:29 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is preparing for a much smaller budget surplus next year because of its ongoing feud with the Trump administration, one of the state's chief budget writers said Monday. California is projected to have a $7 billion surplus, with $3 billion of it available to spend on...

New Mexico utility regulators weigh costs of coal phase-out

Dec. 9, 2019 8:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Miners, environmentalists and utility customers weighed in Monday about the future of a major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico and a disputed financial plan to shutter the facility to make way for cleaner sources of electricity. Hearings this week at the Public Regulation...

Idaho child protection panels say they lack information

Dec. 9, 2019 7:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Those reviewing Idaho child protection cases say they are not getting access to all the documents required to do their work. Lawmakers last year created citizen review panels in each of the state’s seven health districts to review all child protection cases, The Idaho Press...

Oil bonanza sustains state budget surplus in New Mexico

Dec. 9, 2019 7:08 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government income is expected to outpace spending obligations by nearly $800 million for the coming fiscal year as New Mexico lawmakers contemplate bigger budgets for public schools, health care and anti-crime initiatives. Economists from three state agencies and the...

Governor: Wyoming outlook allows time for thoughtful budget

Dec. 9, 2019 7:03 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming faces more tough times ahead but isn't headed off a fiscal cliff, offering time for a thoughtful approach to delivering government services to citizens without running up deficits, Gov. Mark Gordon told lawmakers in outlining his first state budget Monday. Gordon cautioned,...

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions

Dec. 9, 2019 6:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 gun rights activists wearing “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership. The “God. Family. Guns” rally was...

Report: Boston public transit system needs to improve safety

Dec. 9, 2019 6:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The public transportation system in metropolitan Boston needs to step up efforts to improve safety along its network of subways, buses and commuter rail trains. That's the finding of a panel of transit experts hired in June by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's fiscal and...

Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

Dec. 9, 2019 6:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican Rep. Steve Watkins is still listing the UPS store in...

Lamont doesn't rule out January vote on transportation bill

Dec. 9, 2019 5:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he hopes Connecticut lawmakers will vote next week on a transportation improvement plan that includes truck-only tolls, but isn't ruling out a possible vote in January. The Democratic governor and legislative leaders have discussed the possibility of...