- Bill aimed at improving state response to dangerous dogs Updated: Feb-11-16 12:08 am
BOISE, Idaho - A state lawmaker has called for an overhaul of Idaho's laws regarding dangerous dogs that would invalidate a half-dozen county or city ordinances that ban or restrict certain breeds.
- Bill seeks to keep Utah ready to host future Winter Olympics Updated: Feb-10-16 11:40 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah lawmaker wants to ensure that the state is "ready, willing and able" to host the Winter Olympics again should the chance to bid on the event arise.
- New Mexico House approves police double dipping bill Updated: Feb-10-16 11:31 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's House of Representatives has approved provisions for some retired law enforcement officers to return to work while also receiving pension benefits.
- Republicans block Kansas House debate on Medicaid expansion Updated: Feb-10-16 11:18 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republicans blocked a debate Wednesday in the Kansas House on a proposed expansion of the state's Medicaid program before giving first-round approval to budget-balancing legislation.
- Rhode Island House approves truck toll plan Updated: Feb-10-16 11:16 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - After more than eight months of debate over proposed highway truck tolls in Rhode Island, the state House of Representatives approved legislation late Wednesday night.
- Florida Gov. remains mum on how to fix state's death penalty Updated: Feb-10-16 10:56 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - With Florida's death penalty law in limbo due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Emilee Cope on Wednesday described in chilling detail how her father, Keith, was hog-tied and left for dead back in 2009 when she was a teenager.
- Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions Updated: Feb-10-16 9:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.
- All-male panel in Utah votes to keep sales tax on tampons Updated: Feb-10-16 9:44 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah committee of all-male lawmakers has voted to keep the sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products despite an international push to remove it.
- MADD: Car-locking systems stopped 1.77 million drunk drivers Updated: Feb-10-16 9:08 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million people from driving drunk since states first passed laws requiring offenders to install them in 1999, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in a first-of-its-kind report on the devices nationwide.
- New Nebraska Medicaid bill reopens old divide in hearing Updated: Feb-10-16 8:58 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The newest attempt to expand health care coverage with Medicaid dollars reopened an old divide Wednesday before a Nebraska legislative committee.
- Missouri senators consider government role in road safety Updated: Feb-10-16 8:56 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Bills governing seat belt use, texting while driving and helmet requirements for motorcyclists prompted debate in a Missouri Senate committee Wednesday over whether the government should play a larger role in road safety.
- Senate resets vote repealing technical education cuts Updated: Feb-10-16 8:55 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate on Wednesday abruptly called off a vote on legislation aimed at restoring cuts made to high school career and technical education programs last year after Gov. Doug Ducey called for urgent consultations, then rescheduled it for Thursday after Legislative leaders met with the governor.
- Bill would require gender-neutral language in Idaho laws Updated: Feb-10-16 7:42 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Two female lawmakers say Idaho laws are not just for men, so they should not be written that way.
- Hawaii bill would ban growing genetically engineered fish Updated: Feb-10-16 7:00 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers say they don't want genetically engineered fish grown in the islands.
- Panel OKs relaxing emission regs, tweaks renewable program Updated: Feb-10-16 6:54 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee approved a bill Wednesday that would relax portions of Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations and rework utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.
- New Mexico prison guards caution against tougher sentences Updated: Feb-10-16 6:51 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico corrections officers and their union leaders are concerned that a slate of legislative proposals for tougher criminal sentencing could aggravate safety problems at understaffed state prisons.
- Lawmakers reject plan to make death penalty easier to give Updated: Feb-10-16 6:40 pm
DENVER - A bill that would make it easier for Colorado juries to give the death penalty failed Wednesday when a Republican senator joined Democrats in saying that unanimous verdicts for capital punishment should stay a requirement.
- Lawmakers push committee to review John Doe investigations Updated: Feb-10-16 6:34 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would allow them access to documents from closed John Doe investigations involving Gov. Scott Walker.
- House moves to restore prisons money vetoed by Wolf Updated: Feb-10-16 6:28 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he will veto legislation passed by the state House of Representatives to restore nearly $1 billion for state prisons.
- House backs bill to require EPA notification in lead cases Updated: Feb-10-16 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water - the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
- Colorado Editorial Roundup Updated: Feb-10-16 6:19 pm
The Durango Herald, Feb. 3, on end-of-life choices for the terminally ill:
- Ohio bill to strip Planned Parenthood funds heads to Kasich Updated: Feb-10-16 6:18 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill stripping government money from Planned Parenthood, a move that might help him with conservatives who dominate the upcoming Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.
- Idaho panel backs proposal to move school board elections Updated: Feb-10-16 6:02 pm
BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho panel has introduced a legislative proposal that would move school board elections from May in odd years to November in even years.
- The Latest: Planned Parenthood targets Kasich in online ads Updated: Feb-10-16 5:59 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest on an Ohio proposal that seeks to strip government funding away from Planned Parenthood (all times local):
- 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.