- Bill to allow concealed handguns at colleges gets big boost Updated: May-27-15 2:08 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval to a so-called "campus carry" measure, barely beating a midnight deadline.
- Senate OKs border security bill, top priority for governor Updated: May-27-15 1:47 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has passed a $300 million border security bill - one of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's priorities and part of a sweeping, $800 million border package.
- Texas Legislature doubles benefit for line-of-duty deaths Updated: May-27-15 12:29 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has passed a bill to double the amount of money the state pays surviving spouses, children or parents of public employees killed in the line of duty.
- House scraps shielding agencies that bar gay adoptions Updated: May-26-15 11:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has scrapped - at least for the time being - a measure that would have allowed some child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children through them.
- Sandoval signs bill extending sex assault reporting period Updated: May-26-15 11:22 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Gov. Brian Sandoval has approved a bill extending Nevada's statute of limitations on sexual assault cases so victims have more time to report their experience and pursue criminal charges.
- Nebraska inches closer to allowing meatpacker-owned hogs Updated: May-26-15 10:28 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers moved one step closer Tuesday to lifting the state's ban on meatpacker-owned hogs, despite objections by senators who say it protects small and independent producers.
- Texas Senate approves bill boosting foster care training Updated: May-26-15 10:14 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Senate has approved mandating 35 hours of training for potential foster care parents, more than double what some are now required to have.
- Bill to move up state's primaries fails in Senate committee Updated: May-26-15 9:29 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Legislation to move Arkansas' primaries from May to March failed Tuesday to make it out of a Senate committee, while a House committee narrowly advanced an identical bill.
- Ban on billing rape victims for exams nears final passage Updated: May-26-15 9:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Senate unanimously agreed on Tuesday to ban hospitals from billing rape victims for their medical exams, edging close to final passage a bill that will significantly change the way authorities investigate sexual assaults and treat its victims.
- AL governor, education board OK charter school commission Updated: May-26-15 8:44 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama State Board of Education confirmed a list of appointed nominees on Tuesday for the state's new charter school commission.
- Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan Updated: May-26-15 8:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A plan Illinois Democrats are proposing as an alternative to the steep cuts sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would keep budget levels flat for local governments and Medicaid and only modestly reduce higher education assistance, committee leaders said Tuesday.
- Kansas marijuana bill hits roadblock in state Senate Updated: May-26-15 8:05 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A bill that would ease marijuana laws in Kansas has stalled in the state Senate and will likely not be considered further this year after its unexpected approval by the House.
- California bill compels abortion notice at pregnancy centers Updated: May-26-15 7:46 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Californians who visit crisis pregnancy centers must know whether the facility is licensed and that abortion is an option under legislation advanced Tuesday by the state Assembly.
- Committees OK bond deal to help south Arkansas defense site Updated: May-26-15 7:38 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An $87 million incentive package aimed at luring a defense contract to south Arkansas was endorsed by legislative committees on Tuesday, a move that the Republican governor says could help the state land its first vehicle assembly plant.
- Nevada Senate committee OKs education savings accounts bill Updated: May-26-15 7:33 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada legislative committee has passed a bill that would allow students to use the state funds designated for their public education at a private school.
- California eyes nation's strongest equal pay law for women Updated: May-26-15 7:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's state Senate on Monday advanced what proponents called the nation's strongest law designed to make sure women are paid equally for the work they perform.
- Malloy signs measure allowing sexual assault exam at UConn Updated: May-26-15 7:07 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a law requiring sexual assault forensic examinations to be made available at the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs.
- Alabama House votes to block abortion clinics near schools Updated: May-26-15 6:56 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Abortion clinics would be prohibited near schools under a bill approved Tuesday by the Alabama House, legislation that would force one of the state's five abortion clinics to move or close.
- Lawmakers accelerate work to finish next Michigan budget Updated: May-26-15 6:56 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Lawmakers on Tuesday accelerated efforts to finish the state budget, giving initial approval to much of a $55 billion plan that pumps more money into roads, gives a modest funding boost to universities and community colleges, and closes a juvenile justice facility.
- Body camera bill appears headed for conference committee Updated: May-26-15 6:47 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A bill encouraging police in South Carolina to use body cameras will likely end up in a conference committee.
- Bill raising NC graffiti punishment gets Senate's initial OK Updated: May-26-15 6:41 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Tougher penalties for people who spray-paint or scribble on public or private property in North Carolina is nearing Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.
- California Assembly advances bills reacting to anti-gay plan Updated: May-26-15 6:23 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation making it harder for citizens to propose extreme ballot initiatives following the outrage over a measure advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people.
- After Dayton vetoes, state leaders start search for way out Updated: May-26-15 5:51 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Picking up where the legislative session ended, Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt began their search Tuesday for a way out of Minnesota's latest budget impasse that has made a special session a certainty and a partial government shutdown a possibility.
- Lawmaker: Bills to aid Atlantic City to get vote next month Updated: May-26-15 5:44 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Legislation to help a struggling Atlantic City stalled since late last year appears headed for a vote in the state Legislature next month.
- State House approves changes to Michigan's open meetings law Updated: May-26-15 5:23 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Local elected officials would have to be physically present for a vote at an open meeting under a bill moving through the Michigan Legislature.