- Republicans revise fetal tissue bill to allow some research Updated: Sep-04-15 6:37 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans working on a bill that would prohibit research using tissue from aborted fetuses announced Friday they've amended the measure to allow some experiments but University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists say the move doesn't go nearly far enough to protect their work.
- Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes Updated: Sep-04-15 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON - White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition.
- Northern Arapaho Tribe appeals Affordable Care Act ruling Updated: Sep-04-15 6:08 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The Northern Arapaho Tribe wants a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's recent ruling that the tribe is legally a large employer under federal health care law - a designation that requires the tribe to provide insurance coverage for its hundreds of employees.
- Senate shifts to outlaw microbeads in personal care items Updated: Sep-04-15 5:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Senators voted Friday to phase out the use of microscopic beads in personal care products sold in California starting in 2020 years to protect fish and wildlife, reversing the chamber's earlier opposition.
- Lawmakers back 'Yes means Yes' training for high schools Updated: Sep-04-15 5:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a "Yes means Yes" bill that backers said would make California the first to bring the sexual assault training to high schools.
- 26 school supervisory unions tackle district consolidation Updated: Sep-04-15 1:26 pm
MONTEPLIER, Vermont - More than half of Vermont's school supervisory unions are taking action to respond to a new state law that encourages district consolidation as student numbers fall and taxes rise, officials said Friday.
- Lawmaker plans bill to ban political use of state helicopter Updated: Sep-04-15 1:16 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - A Democratic state senator says she is drafting legislation to ban Gov. Chris Christie's use of a state police helicopter for out-of-state political travel.
- Lafayette City-Parish president threatens budget veto Updated: Sep-04-15 7:57 am
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - The Lafayette City-Parish Council has adopted a $621 million budget for 2015-16, but City-Parish President Joey Durel threatens to veto all or part of it.
- Ex-Ohio education official puzzled data gurus with requests Updated: Sep-03-15 11:26 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Data experts at the Ohio Department of Education were puzzled by some requests from a charter schools director whose decision to omit certain failing grades from sponsor evaluations led to his ouster, according to records released Thursday.
- Companies to stop 'revenge makeover' ads using ex-governor Updated: Sep-03-15 7:42 pm
PHOENIX - Two online marketing companies that ceased publishing ads depicting former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as an over-the-hill divorcee who needed a "revenge makeover" could still face legal action from her.
- Personal debate held over rules governing gays giving blood Updated: Sep-03-15 6:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A California lawmaker drew from experience Thursday in an unusually personal debate over federal rules governing whether gay or bisexual men can donate blood.
- Democrats unveil gun background check petition Updated: Sep-03-15 4:58 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Eight days after two journalists were fatally shot during a live broadcast at a Virginia resort, several Democratic legislators produced a petition with nearly 28,000 signatures supporting expanded background checks for gun buyers.
- California lawmakers push to ban drones over schools, jails Updated: Sep-03-15 3:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers have advanced a pair of bills to keep drones away from schools and jails.
- Honolulu City Council overrides mayor's veto of sit-lie ban Updated: Sep-03-15 8:34 am
HONOLULU - Honolulu is expanding its ban on sitting and lying down in public to more pedestrian malls, despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell's veto.
- Albany Common Council passes gun storage safety legislation Updated: Sep-03-15 6:22 am
ALBANY, New York - Lawmakers in New York's capital city voted to approve legislation requiring Albany gun owners to secure their firearms in a safe or with a trigger lock whenever the weapon is out of their "immediate possession or control."
- New Jersey guards information on oil trains in state Updated: Sep-03-15 1:31 am
Trains carry highly flammable Bakken crude oil from the Upper Midwest into New Jersey regularly - much of it headed to refineries in Linden and Paulsboro.
- Rauner wins labor fight; Illinois House fails override Updated: Sep-02-15 9:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner won a victory over a Democratic majority Wednesday when the Illinois House failed to override his veto of legislation designed to prevent a strike or lockout if union contract negotiations break down.
- Sweeney, Dems push Christie to sign changes to voting law Updated: Sep-02-15 7:07 pm
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - Key New Jersey lawmakers say Gov. Chris Christie should sign legislation to modernize laws governing the state's elections.
- Protesters back bill spurred by recent police shootings Updated: Sep-02-15 6:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers took up bills to regulate videos of police activities and law enforcement's acquisition of surplus military on Wednesday as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the governor's office urging the Legislature to take action on a bill to require better oversight of police interactions with the public.
- The Latest: Child care restoration fails in Illinois House Updated: Sep-02-15 6:17 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local):
- Lawmakers advance protection for transgender Californians Updated: Sep-02-15 5:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers have approved two bills aimed at offering greater legal protection and benefits to transgender Californians.
- Lawmakers approve charity raffles for major league sports Updated: Sep-02-15 5:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's major league sports clubs could conduct charitable gambling at professional sports venues under legislation approved Wednesday.
- Montana insists it can't release child death information Updated: Sep-02-15 5:20 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana child welfare officials have reiterated their position that state law prohibits disclosure of information about child abuse deaths despite a warning from the federal government that continued secrecy could jeopardize grant money.
- Lawmakers push public retirement funds to divest from coal Updated: Sep-02-15 4:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a plan to force the state's two largest public pension funds to divest from coal holdings.
- California seeks to tighten ban on importing, selling ivory Updated: Sep-02-15 4:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers are moving to prohibit the sale of old ivory, as lawmakers voted Wednesday to close a loophole in the state's ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn.