- Electronic driver's license bill moves to Senate for hearing Updated: May-04-16 4:54 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State senators will consider whether Louisiana drivers should be permitted to carry electronic licenses, after the proposal met little resistance from the full House.
- Rhode Island bills aim to help deaf at theaters, drive-thrus Updated: May-02-16 11:23 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island lawmakers are considering legislation that would address everything from how the deaf and hard-of-hearing order at restaurants to how they watch movies.
- Defense secretary investigating accuracy of sex crimes cases Updated: Apr-28-16 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday he's investigating whether his department misled Congress in an effort to derail a contentious bill that would change the way the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Lawmakers blast Valeant for price-gouging tactics Updated: Apr-27-16 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics.
- Proposed Colorado lieutenant governor clears 1st hurdle Updated: Apr-27-16 3:53 pm
DENVER - The nominee for Colorado's next lieutenant governor sailed through her first legislative test Wednesday when Democratic health care executive Donna Lynne won bipartisan support in her first confirmation hearing.
- Legislative panel to hold 5th hearing on Flint crisis Updated: Apr-24-16 3:58 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A legislative committee created to review Flint's water crisis will hear next from top-ranking leaders in Gov. Rick Snyder's administration.
- US Sen. John McCain calls for criminal probe into mine spill Updated: Apr-23-16 2:58 am
PHOENIX - U.S. Sen. John McCain called for a criminal investigation into actions by the Environmental Protection Agency that led to a mine spill polluting rivers in three Western states last summer.
- Utah senators push for 1 Obama pick but not the other Updated: Apr-22-16 6:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Two U.S. senators from Utah are pushing for the confirmation of President Barack Obama's Utah federal judicial nominee, but they have said they won't attend hearings to consider his Supreme Court pick.
- McCain, Kirkpatrick put aside battle to jointly question EPA Updated: Apr-22-16 6:29 pm
PHOENIX - Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain and Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick momentarily aligned interests Friday to question EPA officials during a field hearing on a mine spill that polluted rivers in three Western states last summer.
- Iowa senators say they're hearing about Medicaid problems Updated: Apr-20-16 8:16 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - State senators said Wednesday that they have heard complaints about Iowa's Medicaid program under private management and that state officials providing information on the new system should stop telling the public the transition has been smooth.
- Ex-lawmaker accused of trying to lure teen waives hearing Updated: Apr-20-16 9:56 am
CANDIA, New Hampshire - A former New Hampshire state lawmaker accused of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter has waived a hearing.
- House approves plan giving juveniles quicker hearings Updated: Apr-19-16 6:54 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Juveniles who commit nonviolent crimes would get a detention hearing much quicker under a plan heading to the Illinois Senate.
- Lawmakers to hold hearings on Medicaid Updated: Apr-18-16 7:44 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama lawmakers plan to hold a series of hearings on the state's Medicaid program as the agency's commissioner predicts dramatic service cuts without additional funding.
- Sen. Johnson emphasizes border control in heroin hearing Updated: Apr-15-16 7:42 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - With heroin use and opioid-related deaths on the rise in Wisconsin, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is focusing on cutting off the flow of drugs through the Mexico border.
- Transgender advocates fear bill's fallout even if it dies Updated: Apr-14-16 10:13 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Transgender people said Thursday they fear a South Carolina bill that would require them to use the public bathroom for their biological sex will stoke misguided fears and endorse restroom vigilantism, even if the bill ultimately dies as expected.
- King reiterates his support for hearings for Garland Updated: Apr-13-16 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King says he is "more convinced than ever" that the Senate should hold nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
- Spring hearing attendees want to repeal mining law Updated: Apr-13-16 5:07 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A majority of Conservation Congress spring hearing attendees say lawmakers should repeal a law relaxing iron mining regulations.
- Congressman says DC subway system won't get federal bailout Updated: Apr-13-16 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON - The Washington area's struggling subway system won't get a federal bailout, House Republicans said Thursday as they blamed the Metro system's recent series of crises on poor management rather than a lack of funding.
- The Latest: Congressman says DC subway won't get bailout Updated: Apr-13-16 3:41 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on a hearing in Congress about the safety of Washington's subway system (all times local):
- Public wants Senate action on court, but interest is modest Updated: Apr-13-16 3:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Nearly 2 in 3 Americans back Democrats' demands that the Republican-run Senate hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. But an Associated Press-GfK poll also suggests that GOP defiance against considering the nominee may not hurt the party much because to many people, the election-year fight is simply not a big deal.
- Lloyd Carr's family backs Ohio child cancer awareness bill Updated: Apr-13-16 12:45 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr is slated to be at the Ohio Statehouse for a legislative hearing on a bill aimed at raising awareness about the rare pediatric brain cancer that afflicted his late grandson.
- California weighs changing rape statute after Cosby claims Updated: Apr-12-16 8:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A California bill prompted in part by prosecutors' difficulty in pursuing sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, when it passed a committee that previously rejected efforts to allow prosecutions for crimes that victims say happened long ago.
- Vermont's war of words over renewable energy continues Updated: Apr-12-16 6:52 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Critics of Vermont's process for deciding where solar and wind energy projects can be built emerged from a legislative hearing Tuesday unhappy, while a key regulator said the dissatisfaction stems from "growing pains of a changing world."
- Iowa coffee shop menu reflects Grassley meeting with Garland Updated: Apr-12-16 6:03 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - A downtown Des Moines coffee shop is changing its menu to commemorate Sen. Charles Grassley's meeting with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
- Senate panel discusses health exchange, Medicaid expansion Updated: Apr-11-16 6:25 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Long-shot efforts to keep the state's health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion intact had an anticlimactic ending Monday, when a legislative committee couldn't muster enough votes to send the politically charged issue to the full Senate for debate.