- Gary casino studies sites for land-based gambling facility Updated: Feb-06-16 5:16 pm
GARY, Indiana - The owners of northwestern Indiana's Majestic Star Casino are moving ahead with plans to replace its aging casino riverboats with a land-based gambling facility now permitted under state law.
- Corrections secretary resigns amid early release controversy Updated: Feb-06-16 4:49 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke resigned on Saturday amid a controversy over the early release of prisoners, telling a Republican senator he hoped his departure would satisfy the "need for blood."
- Marijuana meeting, scholarship bill things to know about Updated: Feb-06-16 4:28 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The board tasked with regulating Alaska's legal pot industry is set to meet as the date to begin accepting marijuana business applications nears. Also in the days ahead, lawmakers plan to discuss a bill that would require students who receive state-sponsored merit scholarships or financial aid grants to repay them if they don't complete their degrees or certification programs within six years. The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court also is set to deliver the annual State of the Judiciary address.
- Budget bill considered in New Mexico Legislature Updated: Feb-06-16 4:06 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's Republican-led House of Representatives voted to approve a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.
- Bill would require courts to tell abusers to give up guns Updated: Feb-06-16 3:29 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Judges would be required to inform domestic violence abusers they are prohibited from possessing firearms, under a measure coming before Maryland lawmakers.
- Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill Updated: Feb-06-16 3:00 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.
- Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico Updated: Feb-06-16 2:34 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers' push this year to crack down on violent crime doesn't include legislation that would strengthen laws to keep firearms from domestic abusers - despite recommendations from a state review team and a trend that has seen other states take such action.
- NY gov moves to stop gay 'conversion' therapy for minors Updated: Feb-06-16 1:24 pm
NEW YORK - New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, joining a number of states that have taken action against what's known as "conversion therapy."
- Hawaii to tackle animal rights, law enforcement, housing Updated: Feb-06-16 1:18 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are tackling issues from animal rights to police accountability as lawmakers head into their third full week of the 2016 legislative session.
- Kansas won't join effort to tighten domestic abuse gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 1:08 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas appears unlikely to join more than two dozen states that have passed laws in the last two years making it more difficult for domestic abusers to possess weapons, a state representative who introduced a similar law during the 2015 legislative session said.
- Wyoming lawmakers facing falling revenues in budget session Updated: Feb-06-16 1:04 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Only a few senior Wyoming lawmakers have served long enough to remember the last time the Legislature had to make hard decisions on how to cut spending.
- Legislature may legalize non-workplace potlucks Updated: Feb-06-16 12:12 pm
APACHE JUNCTION, Arizona - Potlucks held outside the workplace are illegal in Arizona in what one lawmaker calls a major legislative oversight.
- Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers Updated: Feb-06-16 11:52 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.
- Washington bill seeks partial automatic voter registration Updated: Feb-06-16 11:41 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - Months after Washington state saw record low voter turnout, several lawmakers and Secretary of State Kim Wyman say they want to help increase engagement with automatic voter registration for some.
- Missouri considers easing adoptee birth certificate access Updated: Feb-06-16 11:25 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Danika Donatti first met her biological father when he was in hospice dying from complications of a disease she might also carry.
- Utah joins push to keep guns from domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 11:09 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah legislators quietly changed a state law last year to keep in an attempt to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous domestic abusers, following a nationwide trend of state legislative action on a rare area of consensus in the polarized debate over guns.
- Small group of NY lawmakers make biggest outside incomes Updated: Feb-06-16 11:04 am
ALBANY, New York - Reform advocates, most voters and Gov. Andrew Cuomo want to help clean up scandal-scarred Albany by prohibiting the state's 213 legislators from making serious money on the side.
- Analysis: Arkansas up for grabs after Huckabee exit Updated: Feb-06-16 11:00 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Former Gov. Mike Huckabee's exit from the presidential race doesn't just open up a new hunt for his home state's Republican delegates in the March 1 primary. It could also expose where the rifts lie in the GOP two years after it completed its sweep of Arkansas offices.
- Massachusetts has tough gun laws, fewer domestic killings Updated: Feb-06-16 10:59 am
BOSTON - Massachusetts has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and relatively few fatal domestic violence shootings of states with similar populations. Here's a look at the number of killings and the laws meant to help curb the violence in the state:
- Nevada among states outlawing guns for domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 10:55 am
LAS VEGAS - As convicted felons with criminal histories including violence against former domestic partners, neither Keith Junior Barlow nor Robert Brown Jr. should have had a gun.
- Some Kentucky judges limit domestic offenders access to guns Updated: Feb-06-16 10:46 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Just eight years ago, most of the domestic violence deaths in Louisville were from strangulation. Today, more than 71 percent are from guns.
- Tennessee passed 2009 law taking guns out of abusers' hands Updated: Feb-06-16 10:45 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The same year Tennessee's pro-gun Legislature made it legal for some to be armed in bars, lawmakers also took a quieter step toward keeping guns away from domestic abusers
- Domestic violence laws remain high priority for legislators Updated: Feb-06-16 10:40 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Domestic violence has remained a high-priority legal topic in the decade since the passage of sweeping North Carolina laws to protect victims.
- New domestic violence gun law in SC hard to track in court Updated: Feb-06-16 10:36 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina lawmakers passed a law last year banning some people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.
- Ohio bill would allow guns to be removed by protective order Updated: Feb-06-16 10:30 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - FBI data analyzed by The Associated Press shows 185 people shot to death in Ohio in domestic violence cases in the past decade. An Ohio lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers once a protective order has been issued. The goal is joining more than a dozen states that have similar laws. A look at the issue in Ohio from both sides.