- Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79 Updated: Feb-13-16 9:26 pm
WASHINGTON - Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79.
- Bevin's proposed cuts include government watchdog agency Updated: Feb-12-16 12:57 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - As part of his proposed budget cuts, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin exempted what he considered to be key government services. Those not protected include agencies charged with holding him and his administration accountable.
- Chances look good for anti-corruption bill in Legislature Updated: Feb-10-16 12:40 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - An anti-corruption bill intended to end what a grand jury called a "corruption tax" in Florida appears headed for passage.
- Top NY lawmakers defend response to Albany's ethics dilemma Updated: Feb-10-16 12:10 pm
ALBANY, New York - More than a month into their legislative session, New York state lawmakers are making little progress in tackling Albany's corruption problem, despite polls that show the public is fed up with the wave of arrests and convictions of Capitol insiders.
- New Mexico House approves ethics commission plan Updated: Feb-09-16 11:56 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
- Ethics: Former House Speaker Harrell must pay $113,500 Updated: Feb-09-16 4:29 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A legislative panel ordered former South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell on Tuesday to pay nearly $113,500 within six months.
- Israeli parliament suspends Arab MPs who met attackers' kin Updated: Feb-08-16 3:15 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's government on Monday temporarily suspended from parliamentary meetings three Arab lawmakers who met with families of Palestinians who carried out deadly attacks.
- Opponents rally against Delaware death penalty Updated: Feb-08-16 11:51 am
DOVER, Delaware - Opponents of capital punishment are protesting the defeat of a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty and what they describe as chronic racial injustice in the state.
- Small group of NY lawmakers make biggest outside incomes Updated: Feb-06-16 11:04 am
ALBANY, New York - Reform advocates, most voters and Gov. Andrew Cuomo want to help clean up scandal-scarred Albany by prohibiting the state's 213 legislators from making serious money on the side.
- Panel punts on bill to limit personal use of campaign funds Updated: Feb-04-16 7:57 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A House committee has punted on a proposal to limit the personal use of campaign funds by Virginia politicians, a top ethics priority this legislative session of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
- Arkansas Treasurer signs settlement in ethics violation Updated: Feb-03-16 6:01 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan signed a settlement letter with the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Wednesday, agreeing to four findings of probable campaign reporting violations.
- Report: It's ethical to test embryos from DNA of 3 people Updated: Feb-03-16 4:02 pm
WASHINGTON - It's ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people - dad, mom and an egg donor - advisers to the government said Wednesday.
- Candidates vie for secretary of state post after scandal Updated: Feb-02-16 9:22 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The fall election for New Mexico secretary of state will pit Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver against Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the wake of a scandal that landed the state election agency's former chief in jail.
- Democrats file ethics complaint against New Mexico lawmaker Updated: Feb-02-16 1:08 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The Democratic Party of New Mexico is taking aim at Rep. Nora Espinoza, accusing her of violating the governmental conduct code as she considers running for the secretary of state's office.
- US education official apologizes for poor judgment, behavior Updated: Feb-01-16 8:03 pm
WASHINGTON - A senior Education Department official apologized ahead of a congressional oversight hearing for what he acknowledged was poor judgment and "unacceptable" behavior related to working on his side businesses with subordinates, failing to pay taxes on his profits and awarding a government contract to a friend's company.
- Indicted Texas attorney general denied OK to use donors Updated: Feb-01-16 5:45 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - State ethics regulators denied Texas' attorney general their blessing Monday to let political donors pay his criminal defense, a surprise decision that could intensify pressure on the state's top prosecutor.
- Proposed lobbyist gift ban moves forward in Missouri House Updated: Jan-26-16 8:48 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - As the Missouri House on Tuesday advanced more legislation to change the state's loose ethics laws, some lawmakers raised doubts about whether the proposals go far enough.
- Commission hears ethics complaint against Arkansas treasurer Updated: Jan-26-16 8:39 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Tuesday refused to dismiss a complaint against Republican state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that alleges more than a dozen ethics and campaign finance violations.
- Panel says Lunch and Learn events could raise ethical Updated: Jan-25-16 9:57 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A legislative committee on Monday found that attendance at the increasingly popular lunchtime presentation series at the state Capitol could violate ethic rules covering lawmakers and their staffs, and the issue could be avoided if the meals don't cost too much or other legislative work isn't being ignored to attend the session.
- Ethics complaint questions legal fees by governor's campaign Updated: Jan-25-16 8:33 pm
WICHTA, Kansas - A leading Democratic lawmaker said Monday he planned to file a complaint with a state ethics commission seeking an investigation into the use of donations by Gov. Sam Brownback's campaign to pay legal fees to criminal defense firms last year.
- Kansas lawmaker imposes dress code on female witnesses Updated: Jan-22-16 6:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A dress code imposed by a Kansas Senate committee chairman that prohibits women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts is drawing bipartisan ridicule from female legislators.
- Former Arizona lawmaker ordered to repay Navajo Nation Updated: Jan-22-16 5:06 pm
GALLUP, New Mexico - A former Arizona lawmaker facing an ethics charge on the Navajo Nation has been ordered to repay about $13,000.
- Top Kansas senator predicts dress code will be revisited Updated: Jan-22-16 4:28 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Senate's top leader says one of its committees is likely to reconsider a dress code for women imposed by its chairman.
- Luxury box gifts still kosher for Virginia public officials Updated: Jan-21-16 4:43 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A top official of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration accepted an invitation from the Washington Redskins to watch a playoff game from one of the team's luxury boxes, the kind of gift top lawmakers said shouldn't be allowed under a new ethics law the General Assembly passed to great fanfare last year.
- Oklahoma state senator proposes teacher pay raise measures Updated: Jan-21-16 4:27 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A Republican state senator is proposing a package of legislation he says will raise the salaries of Oklahoma public school teachers by $10,000 a year without raising taxes.