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  • new storyReport: Lobbying rises in state capitols, declines in DC 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 7:29 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The number of business and interest groups lobbying in state capitols has risen nearly 11 percent in recent years as organizations have shifted some efforts away from the stalemates in Washington to statehouses, which are more apt to act on key policy initiatives, according to a new study.

  • Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 2:21 am

    LOS ANGELES - The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government.

  • Kansas senate bill would restrict habitat protections 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 5:51 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Threatened and endangered species in Kansas would see their protected habitats greatly shrink under a proposal that would change how those habitats are designated, a conservationist warned a Senate committee Wednesday.

  • New Mexico House approves ethics commission plan 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 11:56 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

  • New Mexico considers creation of ethics commission 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:58 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico is moving closer than ever toward creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct and campaign finances of public officials, lobbyists and state contractors.

  • Policy for public access to Legislature is established 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 1:19 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The State Building Commission has approved a temporary policy that will allow fewer opportunities for the public to lobby state lawmakers over the next three years because of the renovation work at the Capitol building.

  • Records: Close contact between Ohio AG, anti-abortion group 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 12:49 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's top law enforcer is in close contact with the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life, whose president sent a text message complimenting the press coverage after investigative findings were released against Planned Parenthood, state records show.

  • Plan to spin off air traffic control generates turbulence story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 12:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world - and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.

  • Plan to spin off air traffic control generates turbulence 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 12:24 pm

    WASHINGTON - The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world - and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.

  • LePage names former lobbyist as his chief legal counsel 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 3:57 pm

    AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is appointing a former Pierce Atwood lobbyist to be his top lawyer.

  • Kansas Lottery pushes for electronic dispensers 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 2:19 am

    TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Lottery has resumed a pitch to legislators of a reform that would allow more than 300 retailers make use of electronic dispensers to sell lottery tickets in a similar manner to stores in Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma.

  • Proposed lobbyist gift ban moves forward in Missouri House 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 8:48 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - As the Missouri House on Tuesday advanced more legislation to change the state's loose ethics laws, some lawmakers raised doubts about whether the proposals go far enough.

  • State lawmakers 'distracted' by women's wardrobes story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 3:16 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Sen. Mitch Holmes has seen women wearing "over the top" attire during his decade in the Kansas Statehouse, by which he means, their tops didn't cover over enough.

  • NY ethics board says some consultant tasks are lobbying 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 3:09 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York's ethics commission says certain activities by media consultants constitute lobbying under state law and should be reported.

  • Panel says Lunch and Learn events could raise ethical 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 9:57 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A legislative committee on Monday found that attendance at the increasingly popular lunchtime presentation series at the state Capitol could violate ethic rules covering lawmakers and their staffs, and the issue could be avoided if the meals don't cost too much or other legislative work isn't being ignored to attend the session.

  • NY attorney general links lobbying data on public website 
    Updated: Jan-24-16 9:16 am

    ALBANY, New York - New York's attorney general has relaunched the office's website containing public information to match lobbying disclosures with specific legislation proposed and passed by state lawmakers.

  • UK gov't ordered embassies to lobby for Coe 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 8:09 am

    LONDON - The British government ordered ambassadors around the world to lobby athletics leaders to vote for Sebastian Coe in the IAAF presidential election, aiming to ensure "British interests are protected," diplomatic messages obtained by The Associated Press reveal.

  • Georgia senator says he will oppose federal judge nominee 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 4:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said Thursday he won't support President Barack Obama's nominee for a federal judgeship in Georgia, essentially scuttling the choice.

  • New Mexico lobbyists dole out $750K in campaign donations 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 1:05 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Lobbyists and their clients handed out about $750,000 in campaign contributions to New Mexico lawmakers, Gov. Susana Martinez and others in the months leading up to this year's legislative session, according to the latest disclosure reports.

  • Christie's veto leaves New Jersey's smoking age at 19 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 6:27 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie decided not to act Tuesday on a bill that would have boosted New Jersey's smoking age to 21, keeping the age to buy tobacco products at 19.

  • Kansas teachers, lobbyists discuss merit pay in hearing 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 6:24 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Legislators in Kansas are considering a merit pay system to reward higher quality teachers, although they are hearing plenty of opposition.

  • Lawmakers go on fundraising frenzy before session 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 12:56 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Want to know who gave your state delegate or senator money just before the legislative session started? Tough luck.

  • Gun groups square off at Virginia Capitol 
    Updated: Jan-18-16 4:59 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - As lawmakers returned to the General Assembly on Monday, they were greeted by a truck circling Capitol Square with a banner attacking Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's and Attorney General Mark Herring's positions on gun rights.

  • New Mexico lawmakers ready for REAL ID fix debate story has photos
    Updated: Jan-18-16 11:18 am

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Legislative session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, and fixing the state's driver's licenses laws is among the most anticipated pieces of legislation lawmakers are expected to tackle.

  • Orlando lobbyist Fred Leonhardt died from inhaling drug 
    Updated: Jan-13-16 4:13 pm

    ORLANDO, Florida - An autopsy report shows that a prominent Florida lobbyist and attorney died last year after inhaling a drug similar to poppers.