- First hearing in House lawsuit over Obama health law Updated: May-28-15 3:39 am
WASHINGTON - Obama administration attorneys are urging a federal judge to throw out an election-year lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law.
- Ohio legislative proposal would back Pete Rose reinstatement Updated: May-26-15 10:25 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A resolution urging baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to reinstate former Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose and make him eligible for the Hall of Fame has had its first hearing in the Ohio Legislature.
- Lawmakers to hold Statehouse hearing on public records bills Updated: May-26-15 4:11 am
BOSTON - More than a dozen bills related to the state's public records laws are the subject of a hearing at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
- Advice and consent hearing planned for Michigan treasurer Updated: May-21-15 5:31 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan's Senate leadership has requested a hearing on the recent appointment of a former utility executive as state treasurer.
- Hawaii Legislature chips away at reforming police forces Updated: May-21-15 12:37 am
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers had hopes for rebuilding public trust in the state's police departments, but a number of bills that aimed to initiate reforms died during the 2015 session.
- Democrats decry police video hearing as political hit Updated: May-20-15 5:59 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers got no closer Wednesday to figuring out how the Milwaukee Police Department's data storage system crashed after most city leaders skipped a hearing on the matter.
- Lawmakers want to punish teachers who go on strike Updated: May-19-15 9:05 pm
SEATTLE - After thousands of teachers marched through downtown Seattle on Tuesday as part of a one-day walkout, lawmakers heard testimony in Olympia on a bill that would punish teachers for going on strike.
- Spotlight on foster group homes as Senate holds hearing Updated: May-19-15 12:05 am
LANSING, Michigan - A group that speaks up for struggling Michigan families hopes a Senate hearing in Washington will raise awareness about children placed in group homes and emergency shelters.
- House Finance stalls Walker's Medicaid expansion proposal Updated: May-14-15 7:59 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - House Finance Committee co-chair Steve Thompson said Thursday that the panel is not comfortable moving ahead with plans to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska at this time.
- Senate panel hears more testimony over public records bill Updated: May-13-15 10:41 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A Senate subcommittee has taken more testimony on a bill that would overhaul South Carolina's open records law.
- Nevada panel considers bill allowing victim hearsay in court Updated: May-06-15 8:44 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A bill up for debate in the Nevada Legislature would allow prosecutors to present an alleged victim's written or recorded statement to police, rather than their in-person testimony in a courtroom, as evidence during the early stages of some sensitive criminal cases.
- Grand jury takes testimony in probe of former US Rep. Schock Updated: May-06-15 7:40 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A federal grand jury took testimony Wednesday as part of its probe of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, amid questions about spending that include reports that he accepted private airplane flights from donors and decorated his office in the style of TV's "Downton Abbey."
- Newsom, Blakeslee unveil digital tool on government meetings Updated: May-06-15 7:15 pm
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.
- 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.
- 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.