Latest State legislature News

Lawmaker testifies on Indiana attorney general groping claim

Oct. 21, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker says she told a lobbyist that Indiana's attorney general was a "creeper" soon after he allegedly drunkenly groped her at a bar. Attorney General Curtis Hill looked on Monday as Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon testified about the encounter a party celebrating the end of the...

The Latest: Senate GOP leader opposes gun special session

Oct. 21, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Tony Evers calling a special session on gun control bills (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Wisconsin's Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he sees the governor's call for a special session on gun control measures "the first attack on the Second...

Congresswoman engaged to Warren campaign official in Iowa

Oct. 21, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

An Iowa congresswoman has announced her engagement to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's political director in Iowa. Rep. Abby Finkenauer posted the news Sunday on her campaign Twitter page, saying she'd said "YES to forever" with Daniel Wasta. She retweeted Wasta's post that it will take "a lifetime to fully...

Florida Senate considers fate of sheriff removed by governor

Oct. 21, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate began a special session Monday to decide whether it will reinstate a county sheriff suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis over the handling of last year's Parkland school shootings that killed 17 people. The Senate met briefly to open the session as relatives of...

Vermont legislative committee to hear about wetland rules

Oct. 21, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A committee of the Vermont Legislature is going to be hearing about how wetlands are regulated in the state. On Oct. 23, the Legislative Study Committee on Wetlands will be holding a hearing in Bradford. The committee was formed earlier this year. It will recommend to the full...

Democrats choose history professor for state Senate race

Oct. 20, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats have chosen a history professor as their candidate to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon Valley College associate professor Michael Schroeder was selected Sunday for the...

North Carolina Republicans return for session likely end

Oct. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly could soon be done wrestling with legislation this year, but that doesn't mean they'll pin down a broad budget law or path forward on Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers return Monday following a roughly 10-day break. Senate leader Phil Berger said his...

Democrats target prescription drug affordability, access

Oct. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate are working on a package of bills aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable and accessible. Lawmakers say the measures will allow the importation of low-cost medications from Canada and will expand drug pricing transparency. Other bills...

Vaping industry spends big in Montana

Oct. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The vaping industry spent more than $554,000 lobbying Montana lawmakers and donating to campaigns from 2016 to 2019. The Billings Gazette reports that Montana health officials earlier in October documented the state's first death from vaping and earlier reported at least two cases of...

California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...