- Missouri Democrats see scant progress on police oversight Updated: Apr-30-16 1:25 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Taped on the office door of Rep. Brandon Ellington, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, is a cutout of the House public safety chairman's smiling face, topped with the words "This is what bigotry looks like!"
- House rejects giving governor more say in judicial selection Updated: Apr-30-16 1:15 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House has rejected a proposal that would have given the governor a bigger voice in who is nominated for the Kansas Supreme Court, following outcries from some lawyers who said it would have damaged the separation of powers between the branches of government.
- Senate candidate paid relative $170K for past campaign work Updated: Apr-30-16 12:49 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana Senate candidate who has railed against out-of-control government spending paid his brother-in-law nearly $170,000 to manage the finances of his congressional campaign. The relative worked as a car salesman and actor but had no experience rounding up political donations.
- Kansas legislators negotiating details of partial budget fix Updated: Apr-30-16 12:43 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators are negotiating over the details of a plan that would close part of the projected $290 million shortfalls in the current and next state budgets.
- Probe of NYC mayor casts harsh light on lax campaign laws Updated: Apr-30-16 12:22 pm
ALBANY, New York - A probe swirling around New York City's mayor has cast a harsh light on some of the nation's most lax campaign finance laws, with contribution limits so easy to get around that even government watchdogs acknowledge a ring of truth to the familiar excuse: Hey, everybody's doing it.
- Lobbying by renewable energy groups on rise in Massachusetts Updated: Apr-30-16 12:10 pm
BOSTON - An effort to jolt Massachusetts' reliance on solar and wind projects has surged in recent years, powered in part by an increase in lobbying by supporters of renewable energy.
- Bills borrowing for schools, roads meet crossover deadline Updated: Apr-30-16 11:44 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Bills to borrow money to repair South Carolina's crumbling roads and public schools are among those clearing Sunday's crossover deadline, while measures not likely to make it include those strengthening penalties for killing a K-9.
- Deal considers measures as deadline looms Updated: Apr-30-16 11:41 am
ATLANTA - Several pieces of legislation continue to wait on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, as the May 3 deadline looms for Deal to sign, veto or opt to not take action on the measures.
- Gas tax, lottery bills dead as legislature nears end Updated: Apr-30-16 11:39 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the two days of the 2016 legislative session.
- News Guide: A look at other primary races in West Virginia Updated: Apr-30-16 11:36 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - They're not running for president, governor, Congress or the state Supreme Court, yet some candidates in West Virginia's May 10 primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party's nominations for several statewide offices. Here is a summary of those races:
- FPL: Customers likely will pay for clean-up at nuclear plant Updated: Apr-30-16 9:30 am
HOMESTEAD, Florida - Florida Power & Light says customers likely will pay for cleanup efforts at its Turkey Point nuclear power plant.
- Drug-detecting spit test bill passes House, despite science Updated: Apr-30-16 9:29 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont House passed a bill calling for a saliva test to be used to check drivers for the presence of marijuana and other drugs - after a state-retained lab warned the test could not be used to measure impairment behind the wheel, documents show.
- Christie faces decision on gender-equality legislation Updated: Apr-30-16 9:13 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - The next chapter in an ongoing disagreement between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature over gender equality legislation is about to be written.
- Bills to raise adult criminal age to 18 advance in Michigan Updated: Apr-30-16 4:01 am
LANSING, Michigan - Seventeen-year-olds can't vote, drop out of school or buy cigarettes in Michigan. But they're automatically prosecuted, sentenced and locked up as adults if they commit a crime.
- Computer science demand forces state's colleges to ramp up Updated: Apr-30-16 3:06 am
SEATTLE - Four years after graduating from the University of Washington, Audra Linsenmayer began to realize that the job opportunities were few for someone who had majored in English and psychology, as she had.
- Arizona GOP convention to feature Trump, Cruz delegate fight Updated: Apr-30-16 1:55 am
PHOENIX - Arizona Republicans are in Mesa for the state party convention, where they'll elect 55 of 58 delegates to the national GOP convention.
- House, Senate adjourn without reaching budget deal Updated: Apr-30-16 1:53 am
PHOENIX - The Legislature adjourned for the weekend as negotiations over the state's $9.58 billion budget package fell apart in the House late Friday night before a deal could be reached.
- The Latest: Legislature done for weekend amid budget chaos Updated: Apr-30-16 12:48 am
PHOENIX - The Latest on legislative action an Arizona budget proposal (all times local):
- Malloy says budget deal unlikely; Democrats disagree Updated: Apr-30-16 12:24 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's state budget deficit problems got a little worse on Friday night and it appeared questionable whether a budget deal can be reached before the General Assembly adjourns.
- Bill allowing medical marijuana for kids clears Senate Updated: Apr-29-16 11:52 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A bill that that would allow minors with certain debilitating conditions to use Connecticut's medical marijuana program has cleared its final legislative hurdle.
- The Latest: Malloy says budget deal unlike by adjournment Updated: Apr-29-16 11:47 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Latest on budget deliberations between Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative Democrats, who are trying to reach an agreement on how to cover a projected $960 million deficit in next fiscal year's deficit before the General Assembly adjourns Wednesday at midnight. (all times local)
- Lawmakers overturn LePage Narcan veto, falter on solar bill Updated: Apr-29-16 11:27 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - With five state residents dying each week from drug overdoses, lawmakers on Friday overwhelmingly rejected Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would increase availability of an overdose antidote. But they failed to overcome his veto of a bill to modernize state policies on solar power.
- Hawaii lawmakers negotiate dozens of bills before deadline Updated: Apr-29-16 11:23 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers negotiated final details on dozens of bills ahead of a major legislative deadline, rushing around the capitol and huddling in groups and trying to reach last-minute agreements.
- The Latest: Hawaii advances bills on hot classrooms, ferries Updated: Apr-29-16 11:04 pm
HONOLULU - The Latest on the Hawaii Legislature negotiating dozens of bills before a deadline (all times local):
- The Latest: Kansas lawmakers near agreement on budget fix Updated: Apr-29-16 10:50 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on the Kansas Legislature (all times local):