- Newsom, Blakeslee unveil digital tool on government meetings Updated: May-06-15 3:40 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee have teamed up with computer scientists to create a video search engine that they say will lift the shroud on government by allowing people to see, read and share what their representatives are doing in the state Capitol.
- Hundreds pack State House for public budget hearing Updated: May-05-15 7:55 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Hundreds of New Hampshire residents flooded the State House on Tuesday to advocate for more state spending on substance abuse treatment, services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, the university system and more.
- Gambling hearings bring expansion talks back into spotlight Updated: May-04-15 8:41 pm
CHICAGO - With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spotlight on revenue-generating plans to increase the number of casinos and slot machines in the state.
- DHS No. 2 regrets perception of favoritism in visa cases Updated: Apr-30-15 3:20 pm
WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas steadfastly defended his work on three foreign-investor visa cases while testifying before a House committee Thursday, following allegations that he used his post to help well-connected Democrats.
- 2006 lawsuit focus of State Patrol confirmation hearing Updated: Apr-29-15 9:29 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The man Gov. Pete Ricketts nominated to lead the Nebraska State Patrol refuted allegations Wednesday that an interview panel he was part of discriminated against a female trooper who was awarded damages eight years ago in a lawsuit against the agency.
- Michigan lawmakers hear about religious objections bill Updated: Apr-28-15 9:47 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Members of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether Michigan needs a law that backers say protects people's religious freedoms and opponents say permits discrimination against gays and others.
- Shumlin to appoint independent counsel in Sorrell probe Updated: Apr-28-15 9:20 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will work with county prosecutors to appoint an independent counsel to investigate alleged campaign finance law violations by Attorney General William Sorrell, Shumlin's spokesman said late Tuesday.
- Lawmakers to hold hearing on food stamp, drug screen bills Updated: Apr-28-15 3:15 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislators have introduced a set of bills that would require food stamp users to buy healthy food and require drug screening for state job training program applicants and some unemployment benefit claimants.
- T workers jam Statehouse hearing on transit overhaul Updated: Apr-27-15 6:26 pm
BOSTON - Unionized MBTA employees packed a Statehouse hearing room on Monday as state transportation officials and members of a review panel appointed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker outlined recommendations for shaking up the troubled Boston-area transit system.
- Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday Updated: Apr-24-15 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON - As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race - issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs.
- Senate panel begins hearings on challenge to Sen. Galuteria Updated: Apr-23-15 9:34 pm
HONOLULU - A panel of Hawaii lawmakers is discussing a challenge to a senator's qualifications to serve, taking up a complaint from a citizen who claims that Sen. Brickwood Galuteria doesn't live in the district he represents.
- Senate to hold hearings on police body cameras Updated: Apr-22-15 7:10 pm
WASHINGTON - As the death of another black man while in police custody sparked ongoing protests in a nearby city, the Senate on Wednesday prepared to discuss more widespread use of police body cameras.
- Lawmakers plan joint session for Sunday, bucking Walker Updated: Apr-16-15 9:14 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska House and Senate plan to meet in joint session to take up appointments made by Gov. Bill Walker on Sunday, seeking to buck the new governor on the issue.
- US Sen. Roberts' 'Frozen' ringtone creates hearing hysterics Updated: Apr-16-15 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Roberts is urging people to "let it go" after his cellphone filled a somber committee hearing room with the first few bars of a song from Disney's "Frozen."
- US Senate veterans panel to review pricey Denver hospital Updated: Apr-16-15 5:48 pm
DENVER - The U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in Colorado next week to scrutinize the bungled VA hospital project and visit the construction site.
- Advocacy group challenges Missouri Senate filming policy Updated: Apr-15-15 6:22 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A liberal advocacy group sued the Missouri Senate on Wednesday, asserting that restrictions on filming some Senate committee meetings are in violation of the state's open-meetings law.
- Panel takes up bill to give parents greater say on education Updated: Apr-14-15 5:26 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Senate committee heard mixed testimony Tuesday on a bill aimed at giving parents greater oversight of their children's education.
- Hearings planned for gas line corporation board appointees Updated: Apr-07-15 7:04 am
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Senate Finance Committee plans confirmation hearings for Gov. Bill Walker's appointees to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board.