- Michigan House OKs bill to tax, regulate medical marijuana Updated: Oct-07-15 3:13 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan would tax medical marijuana and regulate the drug in a tiered system similar to alcohol and gambling under bills approved by the state House.
- Colorado lawmakers revisit right-to-die bill Updated: Oct-07-15 3:02 pm
DENVER - Colorado Democrats will try again next year to give terminally ill patients the option to end their lives with doctor-prescribed medication.
- Republicans introduce bill reforming elections board Updated: Oct-07-15 2:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Assembly Republicans have unveiled a bill that would dramatically reform the state elections board.
- Ohio House OKs bill overhauling charter school oversight Updated: Oct-07-15 2:37 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sweeping new performance, accountability and transparency requirements for Ohio's embattled charter-school system have cleared the Ohio House.
- Consultants: Arkansas' health plan should move people upward Updated: Oct-07-15 2:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Consultants are telling Arkansas legislators that the state's "private option" Medicaid system should move a recipient "upward on a ladder of opportunity."
- Texas court: State flag-desecration law unconstitutional Updated: Oct-07-15 2:30 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A longtime Texas law against desecrating the U.S. or state flag has been ruled unconstitutional by the state's highest criminal court.
- California governor signs aggressive climate change bill Updated: Oct-07-15 2:21 pm
LOS ANGELES - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious bill on Wednesday to combat climate change by increasing the state's renewable electricity use to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030.
- Oklahoma court reverses Sooner Tea Party leader conviction Updated: Oct-07-15 1:49 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the felony blackmail conviction for Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart, saying that an email he sent to a state lawmaker was protected speech under the First Amendment.
- Legislature OKs changes in police confiscation of assets Updated: Oct-07-15 1:46 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Law enforcement would have a tougher time taking ownership of assets suspected of ties to illegal activity and be required to disclose their seizure practices under legislation nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.
- Gov. Matt Mead: falling state revenues require spending cuts Updated: Oct-07-15 1:46 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has placed a freeze on state hiring in the face of expected budget shortfalls he says could reach $200 million by next summer.
- Bill provides confidential address for violence victims Updated: Oct-07-15 1:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes could have their address shielded from use by government agencies under proposed Ohio legislation.
- Massachusetts House weighs bill to clamp down on fentanyl Updated: Oct-07-15 1:33 pm
BOSTON - A bill designed to crack down on a powerful narcotic often added to heroin is heading to the Massachusetts House for debate.
- Watchdog agency critical of employee supplemental insurance Updated: Oct-07-15 1:29 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A report from the General Assembly's watchdog organization says the supplemental insurance North Carolina state agencies offer their workers lacks sufficient oversight and results in wasteful employee and taxpayer spending.
- Ohio Senate to vote on bill to expand treatment for STDs Updated: Oct-07-15 12:23 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Senate plans to vote on legislation that seeks to expand access to treatment for certain sexually transmitted diseases.
- Bill would expand Right to Try Act to include marijuana Updated: Oct-07-15 11:44 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Two Republican lawmakers will seek to expand a law that allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs to include non-smokeable marijuana of all strengths and doses.
- Indiana legislative panel focuses on e-cigarette regulation Updated: Oct-07-15 11:42 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Public health advocates told an Indiana legislative committee there's no scientific consensus on whether electronic cigarettes pose any health risks, even as a growing number of Indiana youths are trying the devices.
- House debates Wolf proposal to raise income, drilling taxes Updated: Oct-07-15 11:34 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania House members began debate Wednesday on Gov. Tom Wolf's longshot bid to end the state's 3-month-old budget impasse by passing billions in higher taxes through the Republican-controlled Legislature.
- Utah working through backlog of untested rape kits Updated: Oct-07-15 10:57 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah authorities are working their way through a backlog of untested rape kits, one year after police began submitting the evidence to crime labs amid public scrutiny.
- GOP officials to appoint replacement for Rep. McMillin Updated: Oct-07-15 3:55 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Party officials in southeastern Indiana will meet in two weeks to select a replacement for state Rep. Jud McMillin, who abruptly resigned.
- Bill streamlines licensing of security guards, investigators Updated: Oct-07-15 3:46 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Security guards and private investigators would receive a single identification card they could take from job to job under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.
- Ohio bill would spare severely mentally ill from execution Updated: Oct-07-15 3:33 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.
- Medicaid plan gets first public hearing but no vote yet Updated: Oct-06-15 10:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - State lawmakers held the first public hearing Tuesday evening on a new plan to help thousands of Utah's poor get health insurance by expanding Medicaid. They didn't take any action on the plan, however, after hearing hours of testimony from doctors, advocates for the poor and more.
- California governor signs law targeting gender wage gap Updated: Oct-06-15 8:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.
- Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill restricting paparazzi drones Updated: Oct-06-15 8:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The latest on legislation signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local):
- Right-to-die backers say California helps fight elsewhere Updated: Oct-06-15 7:53 pm
SAN DIEGO - It will soon be legal for the terminally ill to end their own lives in the nation's most populous state, and right-to-die advocates expect other states to follow California's example.