- Colorado lawmakers mull big pay hikes for elected officers Updated: May-05-15 12:17 am
DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are hustling during the term's final days to dramatically raise the pay of elected officials, including themselves.
- Missouri House OKs bonding plan for state building repairs Updated: May-04-15 11:25 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri House has approved a plan to use bonds to repair the Capitol and other state-owned buildings.
- Legislature hits home stretch with many issues unresolved Updated: May-04-15 10:38 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont lawmakers head into what are expected to be the final two weeks of their 2015 session with debates still unresolved on taxes, water quality, education, vaccines and other issues.
- Conservative Nebraska looks at abolishing death penalty Updated: May-04-15 10:29 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - There's not a lot of sympathy for the 11 men on death row in Nebraska, but spurred by frustration about the growing difficulty and cost of carrying out executions, lawmakers are considering eliminating the death penalty.
- Hawaii committee passes medical marijuana dispensaries bill Updated: May-04-15 10:16 pm
HONOLULU - Patients have waited nearly 15 years for legal access to medical marijuana in Hawaii, and they are now one step closer to reaching that goal.
- Missouri lawmakers disagree on murder sentences for minors Updated: May-04-15 10:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers disagree over how long minors convicted of first-degree murder should have to spend in prison, with a House panel on Monday advancing a proposal that would end the state's mandatory life without parole sentences by offering an alternative sentence of 25 to 40 years.
- Agreement reached on aid for Nebraska families, despite veto Updated: May-04-15 9:31 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he has reached a compromise with a state senator over a proposed increase in government aid for low-income families.
- Oregon bill passes expanding background checks for gun sales Updated: May-04-15 9:07 pm
SALEM, Oregon - An Oregon bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all gun sales in the state made it through the Legislature on Monday, overcoming obstacles that stymied two previous attempts to pass similar laws.
- Texas Legislature acts to stop cities from limiting drilling Updated: May-04-15 8:55 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries - a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."
- Louisiana Senate passes bill allowing medical marijuana Updated: May-04-15 8:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Roughly a year after a medical marijuana bill was shot down in committee, the Louisiana Senate on Monday passed a similar proposal that could get medical-grade pot to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy.
- Nebraska senators vote for livestock friendly development Updated: May-04-15 8:43 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska counties looking to expand livestock operations could receive extra funds for planning and improving infrastructure under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature.
- Kansas Senate approves bill legalizing fantasy sports Updated: May-04-15 8:42 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Fantasy sports would be declared a legal game of skill under a bill approved by the Kansas Senate in a 37-1 vote Monday.
- Colorado lawmakers agree to limit odd proxy marriages Updated: May-04-15 8:40 pm
DENVER - Colorado lawmakers have agreed to limit the state's unique rules for proxy marriages in which couples are wed with only one of the people present.
- Democrats reject Colorado GOP fetal homicide bill Updated: May-04-15 8:20 pm
DENVER - Democrats concerned about interference on abortion rights on Monday rejected a Republican measure to create a new crime of fetal homicide, legislation that was crafted in response to an attack last month on a pregnant woman in Longmont.
- Personal property tax break for Nebraska businesses advances Updated: May-04-15 8:10 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska farmers and business owners could get a property tax break under a bill advanced by lawmakers on Monday.
- Otter releases proposed child support bill amendments Updated: May-04-15 7:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has released his proposed amendments to a child support enforcement bill to address concerns of federal overreach and disputed claims that Idaho would be forced to uphold rulings made under Islamic law.
- Nebraska senators back bill to strengthen college readiness Updated: May-04-15 7:55 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska school districts could receive reimbursement for preparing students for college and careers under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature.
- Bentley says gambling won't fix budget problems Updated: May-04-15 7:55 pm
DOTHAN, Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday said gambling is not the solution to the state's budget woes and will not provide enough money to prevent deep cuts to law enforcement and other state agencies.
- Missouri Senate roll call on override of welfare limit cuts Updated: May-04-15 7:43 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The 25-9 roll call vote Monday by which the Missouri Senate overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a measure to lower the lifetime limit for people to receive temporary cash assistance from five years to three years and nine months. The measure also needs a two-thirds vote in the House to override the governor's veto.
- Missouri Senate votes to override veto of welfare limits Updated: May-04-15 7:40 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri senators on Monday voted to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill removing several thousand families from a welfare program in a move Nixon said would make Missouri's limits among the lowest in the nation.
- Oregon Senate backs governor's public records audit bill Updated: May-04-15 7:40 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate is unanimously backing Gov. Kate Brown's bill ordering a review of the state's compliance with public records laws.
- Christie vetoes restrictions on investments involving donors Updated: May-04-15 7:38 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed legislation barring the state from making investments with firms whose money managers have contributed to national political campaigns.
- Superintendent to launch own review of Common Core standards Updated: May-04-15 7:35 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi education officials will conduct their own voluntary review of the Common Core academic standards, even after Gov. Phil Bryant vetoed a bill that would have created an outside panel to examine the standards.
- Minnesota moves to help farmers whose flocks hit by bird flu Updated: May-04-15 7:31 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers moved quickly on Monday to help turkey farmers beset by a deadly and growing outbreak of bird flu, putting together a patchwork of loan programs and emergency response funding to cover farmers' losses.
- Senate passes tax cuts, sets stage for talks with House Updated: May-04-15 7:13 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Minnesota Senate on Monday passed a tax cut plan that is a fraction of the size of the relief bill that earlier cleared the House, setting the stage for difficult negotiations over a compromise that are expected to go right up to the mandatory May 18 adjournment.