- Arkansas primary change would be temporary under compromise Updated: May-27-15 10:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas lawmakers advanced a plan Wednesday to move the state's primaries from May to March, a change that would apply only to next year's elections when two candidates with Arkansas ties are seeking the White House.
- Democrats shelve Rauner plan to privatize business creation Updated: May-27-15 10:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - House Democrats have abandoned Gov. Bruce Rauner's idea to privatize the state's business-development agency but are moving ahead with Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to make the state's shrine to Abraham Lincoln a separate agency.
- New limits on Colorado proxy marriages become law Updated: May-27-15 9:47 pm
DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to limit Colorado's unique rules for proxy marriages in which couples are wed with only one of the people present.
- Ricketts vetoes driver's licenses bill for immigrant youth Updated: May-27-15 9:42 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill that would end Nebraska's ban on driving privileges for young people brought to the state illegally as children but allowed to stay under a federal program.
- Senate OKs bill allocating money for private school students Updated: May-27-15 9:41 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada senators have approved a bill that would allow students to use the state funds designated for their public education at a private school.
- Michigan Senate OKs high-security prisoners at facility Updated: May-27-15 9:35 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Higher security-level prisoners could be brought in from other states to a currently closed private facility in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, possibly creating hundreds of jobs under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate.
- Missouri lawmakers file lawsuit over Rams stadium Updated: May-27-15 9:33 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers are challenging the authority of Gov. Jay Nixon and officials who oversee the current St. Louis Rams stadium over plans to build a new one in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
- Jury convicts ex-US Senate hopeful of violating election law Updated: May-27-15 9:31 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.
- Oregon Senate backs new regulations for medical marijuana Updated: May-27-15 9:28 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The state Senate voted Wednesday to impose stricter regulations on Oregon's medical marijuana program as lawmakers get ready for the legalization of pot for recreational use.
- Christie says Rand Paul being 'particularly sensitive' Updated: May-27-15 9:24 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie has a message for one of his potential rivals in the 2016 presidential contest: toughen up.
- Police opposition stalls Texas' open carry handgun bill Updated: May-27-15 9:14 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Fierce opposition from police across the state on Wednesday derailed an effort that would allow people to openly carry handguns on the streets of Texas in a move that could prevent the measure from passing this legislative session.
- House committee kills Ala. bill banning LGBT discrimination Updated: May-27-15 9:11 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama House committee on Wednesday canceled a vote on a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Alabama senators look for ways to patch general fund budget Updated: May-27-15 9:02 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - It's coming down to the final days of the legislative session as state senators look for ways to patch a hole in the general fund budget and avoid the deep cuts to state services that Gov. Robert Bentley has warned about for months
- House committee kills Ala. bill banning LGBT discrimination Updated: May-27-15 8:59 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama House committee has killed a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Slow start, gradual improvement for US Internet gambling Updated: May-27-15 8:58 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - Internet gambling is off to a slow start in the United States, with banks hesitant to handle credit card payments for online bets and some politicians and casino moguls pushing to ban it, but there remains potential for great growth, participants in a major gambling conference agreed Wednesday.
- NYC mayor urges Albany to act on rent rules, schools Updated: May-27-15 8:57 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to strengthen his city's rent regulations and modify a real estate tax break to require more affordable housing, saying there is no excuse for inaction on issues affecting millions of city residents.
- State Sen. Liz Brown announces run for 3rd District seat Updated: May-27-15 8:57 pm
FORT WAYNE, Indiana - Republican State Sen. Liz Brown says she is running for Indiana's 3rd District Congressional seat.
- Gay conversion therapy ban clears Senate committee Updated: May-27-15 8:57 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate is advancing a measure banning therapy supporters say can change the sexual orientation of young gays.
- Big 12 schools could face big penalties for court storming Updated: May-27-15 8:53 pm
IRVING, Texas - Big 12 Conference schools could now face fines, and even the loss of future home games, for failing to keep fans from storming courts or rushing fields after games.
- Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote Updated: May-27-15 8:52 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons.
- Changes made to Rauner's hiring-reform legislation Updated: May-27-15 8:41 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has revised its plan to change state hiring to allay opponents' concerns.
- Budget panel authorizes borrowing for building projects Updated: May-27-15 8:41 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee has authorized borrowing tens of millions of dollars for building projects around the state.
- Panel OKs seeking office space outside Madison, Milwaukee Updated: May-27-15 8:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has approved a Republican plan that calls for looking to lease state office space outside Madison and Milwaukee.
- Committee rejects new emergency government office Updated: May-27-15 8:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee have rejected Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new office to ensure the government continues following a disaster.
- Plan for Southbury Training School closure clears Senate Updated: May-27-15 8:38 pm
HARTFORD - Legislation that could potentially help foster the closure of Southbury Training School and five other state-run institutions cleared the Senate on Wednesday.