- Bill aimed at celebratory gunshots heads to Va gov Updated: Mar-07-14 6:01 am
- AP Interview: Jindal outlines session priorities Updated: Mar-07-14 5:44 am
- Ala. senator gets second shot at liquor tastings Updated: Mar-07-14 5:34 am
- Arkansas lawmakers look at $5B budget bill Updated: Mar-07-14 3:13 am
- Taxis, limos upset over rules for tech competition Updated: Mar-07-14 2:10 am
- Judge dismisses FAA fine against small drone user Updated: Mar-07-14 12:50 am
- Hawaii modified food bills battered but alive Updated: Mar-06-14 10:29 pm
- Ark. lawmakers get first look at budget bill Updated: Mar-06-14 10:25 pm
- Ala. House approves execution drug secrecy bill Updated: Mar-06-14 10:10 pm
- Bill to boost tourism heads to governor's desk Updated: Mar-06-14 10:08 pm
- Lawmakers mount new push against Sunday liquor ban Updated: Mar-06-14 9:37 pm
- Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases Updated: Mar-06-14 9:17 pm
- Hawaii lawmakers advance bills on deadline day Updated: Mar-06-14 8:51 pm
- Kansas gay marriage debate pushed to next year Updated: Mar-06-14 8:47 pm
- Crimea to vote to split from Ukraine, join Russia Updated: Mar-06-14 8:45 pm
- Attorney general ethics bill likely dead in Senate Updated: Mar-06-14 8:35 pm
- W.Va. Senate committee advances abortion ban bill Updated: Mar-06-14 8:34 pm
- Inslee to keep pushing teacher-evaluation bill Updated: Mar-06-14 8:28 pm
- Scandals prompt ethics bills from Senate Democrats Updated: Mar-06-14 8:19 pm
- Utah lawmakers take up batch of air quality bills Updated: Mar-06-14 8:16 pm
- W.Va. Senate passes budget that dips into reserve Updated: Mar-06-14 8:16 pm
- Kentucky smoking ban bill is dead, sponsor says Updated: Mar-06-14 8:13 pm
- Common Core bill appears dead in Wisconsin Senate Updated: Mar-06-14 8:07 pm
- Fla. could increase private school vouchers Updated: Mar-06-14 8:04 pm
- Bill to lower taxes on Nebraska farmland stalls Updated: Mar-06-14 7:37 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A celebratory gunfire bill inspired by the tragic death of a Virginia boy last summer is heading to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal said aligning Louisiana's educational systems to state workforce needs will be his main priority for the legislative session that begins Monday.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - State Sen. Billy Beasley is getting a second shot at passing his bill to allow liquor and wine tastings in state-run liquor stores.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas lawmakers are taking their first look at legislation outlining the state's $5 billion budget for the coming year.
DENVER - Frustrated and angry, more than 100 cabbies pulled up outside the Colorado Statehouse early this legislative session to protest tech startups known as ridesharing services.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user on the grounds that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft, a decision that appears to undermine the agency's power to keep a burgeoning civilian drone industry out of the skies.
HONOLULU - The chairwoman of the Hawaii House Agriculture Committee said Thursday she intends to fight for a bill that would establish a task force to study genetically modified foods.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Legislation outlining Arkansas' $5 billion budget for the coming year calls for boosts in funding for the state's public schools and prisons.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Makers and suppliers of Alabama's execution drugs would be kept secret and not released to the public or the courts under a bill approved Thursday in the Alabama House of Representatives.
OLYMPIA, Washington - A bill that would allow the private sector to fund statewide tourism marketing in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk.
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers hoping to lift the state's decades-old law that forces liquor stores to be closed on Sunday are introducing a range of compromises that would soften the ban, as well as the option to fully repeal it.
WASHINGTON - Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress.
HONOLULU - Hawaii state senators made light work of the last handful of bills to cross over to the House before a legislative deadline.
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas legislators are finished considering new legal protections this year for those who oppose gay marriage on religious grounds but will debate the issue in 2015, the state Senate's top leader said Thursday.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A push to impose stricter conflict-of-interest standards on West Virginia's attorney general has fizzled in the state Senate.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A bill to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception moved forward Thursday in the state Senate Judiciary Committee and will be heard on the full Senate floor later this week.
OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he hopes lawmakers can come to an agreement on the state's teacher-evaluation system before the Legislature adjourns next week.
SACRAMENTO, California - Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.
SALT LAKE CITY - Measures to clear Utah's murky wintertime skies are working their way through the state Legislature. But with only a week to clinch a final OK from state lawmakers this legislative session, it's unclear how many of them will become law.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The West Virginia Senate has passed a budget bill that dips into the state's reserve funds by $125 million to balance the 2015 budget.
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - A Kentucky House bill that would enact a statewide ban on smoking in shared public spaces and places of employment is dead for the year after meeting strong opposition, the sponsor says.
MADISON, Wisconsin - A bill that would give the Legislature power to write and approve Wisconsin's academic standards is unlikely to pass in its current form, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday as hundreds of teachers, school administrators and business leaders converged on the Capitol to oppose it.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida program that helps low-income children attend private schools, many of them religious, could undergo a substantial expansion under a bill that moved ahead Thursday in the state Legislature.
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A proposal to lower the taxable value of Nebraska ranch and farmland stalled Thursday in a legislative committee amid concerns it would erode the property tax base used by rural K-12 public schools.