- A look at the past week in the Oregon Legislature Updated: Jul-04-15 2:04 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers had a busy week, advancing dozens of bills and finalizing the budget as they prepare to adjourn the 2015 session in the coming days. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the past week:
- Expectation of veto aided GOP's legislative wins, some say Updated: Jul-04-15 1:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania's state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing its government-controlled wine and liquor store system.
- Things to know Massachusetts' state budget delay Updated: Jul-04-15 11:25 am
BOSTON - Meet the state's new fiscal year. Same as the old fiscal year.
- Construction plan pays for school earthquake improvements Updated: Jul-04-15 12:23 am
SALEM, Oregon - Schools would have access to millions of dollars for earthquake-safety improvements, but the state Capitol would remain vulnerable under a $1.2 billion plan for statewide construction projects that advanced Friday.
- The Latest: Lawmakers leave Salem for 4th of July weekend Updated: Jul-04-15 12:17 am
SALEM, Oregon - The latest on the activities of the Oregon Legislature as lawmakers press closer to adjourning the 2015 legislative session:
- Arkansas leaders try to diffuse war of words on gay marriage Updated: Jul-03-15 6:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Opposition from Arkansas legislative leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling lifting the ban on gay marriage nationwide bubbled over into a war of words late Thursday between the state's legislative and executive branches.
- N. Carolina lawmakers take week off despite no final budget Updated: Jul-02-15 4:17 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The North Carolina General Assembly went home Thursday to begin a July 4 weekend followed by a weeklong break despite a chasm between House and Senate proposals on the already overdue state budget.
- Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature Updated: Jul-01-15 7:13 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings.
- Lawsuit challenges utility tax change used to balance budget Updated: Jul-01-15 5:25 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Chemical Association filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a tax change recently enacted by state lawmakers that raised $103 million to balance the state's budget.
- Maine lawmakers override LePage's veto of $6.7B state budget Updated: Jun-30-15 11:07 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers overturned Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the $6.7 billion state budget Tuesday as they raced through dozens of remaining bills so they could head home to their districts for the summer.
- The Latest: Maine Legislature OKs $100M in bond proposals Updated: Jun-30-15 10:55 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The latest on the Maine Legislature's rush to finish its work for the session (all times local):
- Federal Export-Import Bank set for midnight expiration Updated: Jun-30-15 7:19 pm
WASHINGTON - Conservatives cheered the demise of the federal Export-Import Bank Tuesday and vowed to beat back efforts to revive it, even as business leaders and the White House issued dire warnings that letting the agency expire at midnight would hurt U.S. competitiveness globally.
- Gov. Haley vetoes 87 SC budget items tallying $30 million Updated: Jun-30-15 6:59 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley thanked legislators Tuesday after issuing 87 budget vetoes that strike $30 million from the Legislature's budget package.
- Senate, McCrory OK state government funds until budget done Updated: Jun-30-15 3:16 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A stop-gap spending measure to keep North Carolina state government operating for the next six weeks won final approval and was signed into law Tuesday, one day before the start of the new budget year.
- Questions and answers about the expiring Export-Import Bank Updated: Jun-30-15 11:58 am
WASHINGTON - The Export-Import Bank expires Tuesday at midnight for the first time since the small federal agency was created during the Depression to help U.S. businesses export their products. Congress failed to renew the bank's charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. However, the shutdown may end up being only temporary.
- Senate passes $16.1 billion transportation package Updated: Jun-29-15 11:41 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The Senate on Monday passed a $16.1 billion transportation revenue package that includes an 11.9-cent gas tax increase that would be phased in over two years.
- Thomas Kennedy, longtime Massachusetts lawmaker, dies at 63 Updated: Jun-29-15 8:01 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Sen. Thomas Kennedy, a Brockton Democrat who overcame an accident that required him to use a wheelchair and went on to serve in the Legislature for more than three decades, has died. He was 63.
- ND unlikely to extend anti-discrimination protection to gays Updated: Jun-29-15 4:37 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - David Hamilton and his husband, Bernie Erickson, say they're "thrilled" the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed gay marriage nationally, but the Fargo couple believes anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians are still lacking in North Dakota.
- A look at 13 states using redistricting commissions Updated: Jun-29-15 11:51 am
The Constitution requires boundaries for U.S. House districts to be redrawn after each census. While that task typically is done by state legislatures, 13 states use commissions as part of their congressional redistricting process. The amount of legislative involvement with those commissions varies by state.
- House speaker visits Lithuania, commits to countering Russia Updated: Jun-29-15 11:13 am
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) of Ohio has returned from a visit to Lithuania where he affirmed Congress' commitment to offering military assistance to the region to counter Russian aggression.
- Final state budget unlikely before new fiscal year Updated: Jun-28-15 12:26 pm
BOSTON - The state's new fiscal year is days away and it will apparently arrive without a final budget in place.
- A look at GOP plans for budget, pension and liquor bills Updated: Jun-27-15 6:08 pm
The House and Senate Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania Legislature are scrambling to advance major legislation to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf in the final days of the state government's 2014-15 state fiscal year, which ends Tuesday night. Details of the legislation were still emerging Saturday and potentially changing in the days ahead. Here is a summary of the latest details:
- The Latest: GOP advances $30B budget bill that risks veto Updated: Jun-26-15 8:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest news from an effort by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to advance a budget bill (all times local):
- GOP bill to privatize wine, liquor sales under construction Updated: Jun-26-15 7:34 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A bill to allow private licensees to take over the state-controlled sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania is under construction by House and Senate Republicans, with votes possible in the coming days, an architect of the plan said Friday.
- Deadline looms for Governor Ige to announce bill vetoes Updated: Jun-26-15 5:50 pm
HONOLULU - The deadline is approaching for Hawaii Gov. David Ige to tell lawmakers which bills he plans to veto.