AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers in Maine are considering a proposal to increase staffing in the state's family court system to try to cope with a heavy caseload.
ATLANTA (AP) — Facing a surge in overdose deaths and rural suicides, Georgia lawmakers want to bolster the state's dismal mental health care system by pressuring private insurers to improve coverage and increasing state funding for treatment and crisis services.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski's first major policy plan of the campaign released Tuesday focuses on ways to improve life in rural Wisconsin, from bolstering access to health care, helping family farms survive and making broadband internet a public utility.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon lawmakers prepare to return to the state Capitol next week for the 35-day legislative session, Republicans and Democrats have differing opinions on what that time should be used for.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill to do away with New Mexico's tax on Social Security income for middle- and upper-income residents faltered Tuesday at an initial public hearing, highlighting reluctance among many Democratic legislators.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in his State of the State speech Tuesday that cutting taxes, giving pay raises to teachers, investing in infrastructure and expanding the state police presence in the capital city of Jackson are among his priorities this year.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Incumbent lawmakers will compete against each other in primaries for three Kentucky House seats as candidate lineups for federal and state offices were finalized Tuesday — unless newly Republican-drawn redistricting maps are blocked in court.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Tuesday approved veto-destined legislation to help gun owners and gun-rights organizations collect damages in court from cities that passed firearms restrictions that were found to violate state law.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Attorneys for U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry are asking a federal judge to move the Nebraska Republican's upcoming trial from California, where he faces federal charges, to his home state.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights and Democratic groups took their first steps Tuesday afternoon to argue once again that redrawn maps of Ohio legislative districts approved last week remain unconstitutionally gerrymandered.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee unanimously endorsed a proposal Tuesday that supporters said would seek to stop insurance companies from double-billing patients for their prescription drugs.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are close to passing a congressional redistricting plan that marries an eastern Kansas community proud of its “woke” politics to Trump-loving small towns and farms five hours west by car on the expansive and stark plains.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first month back at the state Capitol has felt frustratingly familiar for Black lawmakers in Tennessee’s majority-white Legislature.
First, lawmakers passed a new congressional map scattering Nashville’s Black voters across multiple districts.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Senate sent to Gov.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is going to deliver her first State of the State address to a live audience of lawmakers since the pandemic began.
Mills announced Tuesday that she'll deliver the address in person to a joint session of the Maine Legislature on Feb.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The new executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party says one of his top goals is to achieve 100% GOP membership in the state Legislature.
North Dakota native Terin Lucero was most recently the director of data analytics for newly elected Virginia Gov.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's budget picture improved by nearly $2.9 billion with a revised forecast released Tuesday driven by higher-than-expected tax collections that will force the Republican-controlled Legislature to decide whether to spend the surplus, save it or put it toward tax cuts.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The power to spend federal money sent to Wisconsin would be taken away from the governor and given to the Legislature under a proposed constitutional amendment the state Senate approved Tuesday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that says only citizens can vote in elections.
The Republican-authored amendment must also pass the Assembly this year and both houses of the Legislature next session before it would go to voters to decide.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin on Tuesday became the 16th state to call for a convention of the states to consider making a variety of changes to the U.S. Constitution, a move that drew bipartisan opposition in the state Senate but not enough to block its approval.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska elections will be held for the first time this year under a unique new system that scraps party primaries and uses ranked choice voting in general elections.
The Alaska Supreme Court last week upheld the system, narrowly approved by voters in 2020.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to speed up the implementation of a tax cut for Social Security recipients cleared a key hurdle Tuesday in the Nebraska Legislature.
Lawmakers voted, 42-0, to advance the bill through the first of three required votes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's election chief has COVID-19.
Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose began experiencing “very minor” symptoms Sunday evening, spokesperson Rob Nichols said.
That would have been about 24 hours after he cast a vote on new state legislative maps as a member of the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pity the poor space flight passenger: Flying up up and away from Earth could get even more expensive as New Mexico lawmakers consider taxing the tickets on Virgin Galactic.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow people to make liquor at home for themselves and for family members.
According to West Virginia state law, it is already legal for people to make beer and wine at home.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Federal judges on Monday blocked Alabama from using newly drawn congressional districts in upcoming elections, ruling that the state should have two districts — instead of one — in which Black voters are a sizeable portion of the electorate.
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawmakers considering election bills heard Monday from a leading Republican candidate for Arizona governor and a number of people who worked on the Senate GOP's partisan 2020 ballot review who urged the Legislature to adopt a series of bills changing the way elections are conducted.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday proposed refunding $100 to every taxpayer and dependent as the economy and tax receipts recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Democratic governor, in his annual State of the State address to the Legislature, also said he wanted to revive a pre-pandemic proposal to provide preschool for every child in Hawaii.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Republican-controlled House on Monday signaled its lawmakers want more power to look into settlement agreements after parts of a legislative probe last year were hampered as it examined Gov.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's only unsalaried legislature is considering whether to abandon its amateur status that has endured for 110 years since New Mexico became a state.
A Senate panel, including top ranked Democrats, endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to provide a salary to legislators, who collect a daily stipend of roughly $165 during legislative sessions and reimbursements for travel.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A top Idaho education official on Monday gave a full-throated defense of the state's public education system that in recent years has come under attack by far-right-wing lawmakers seeking to cut financial support.
NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats on New York's redistricting commission threw up their hands Monday, a day before a bipartisan panel — apparently in name only — was to submit redrawn congressional boundaries to state lawmakers.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers began to debate a measure Monday that would speed up the implimentation of a new tax exemption for Social Security income, letting recipients claim a full tax break a few years sooner.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights and Democratic groups displeased with Ohio's latest round of legislative district maps have until Tuesday to object.
NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats braced for disaster when state legislatures began redrawing congressional maps, fearing that Republican dominance of statehouses would tilt power away from them for the next decade.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State lawmakers will get a chance to learn how to operate a drone during West Virginia University Day at the Legislature on Tuesday.
Members of the WVU Extension 4-H Tech Changemakers will talk about their experiences teaching digital skills and show the lawmakers and other guests how drones are operated.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine might update its vehicle lien and title system by moving more of it online.
Republican Rep. Mike Perkins of Oakland introduced a bill that's working its way through the Maine Legislature.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran President-elect Xiomara Castro faced a growing crisis on Sunday as dueling sessions of the newly elected Congress elected different sets of leaders, threatening Castro's ability to carry out promised reforms.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The city of Hobbs is pushing to amend a state law that city officials say is resulting in an unintended loss of gross receipts tax revenue for the community.
The measure passed by the New Mexico Legislature and enthusiastically signed by Gov.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature will consider proposals to extend special retirement benefits to more public employees.
The proposals, from Democratic Sens. Craig Hickman and Bill Diamond, would provide the benefits to employees in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory and the Maine Department of Public Safety Computer Crimes Unit.
WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A bill in the Vermont Legislature would use part of the shuttered Southeast State Correctional facility to temporarily house at-risk youth after the closing of the state's only youth detention center.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum’s State of the State address has been rescheduled for next month in Fargo.
The Bismarck Tribune reports the second-term Republican governor was to deliver his address this past Wednesday, but he postponed the speech due to laryngitis.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature will enjoy a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Jan. 31, a strong financial position but one that is bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on plenty of needs or return it to taxpayers.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire citizens have a new way to provide input to lawmakers though it falls short of what many advocacy groups have requested.
Last year, lawmakers holding public hearings on bills allowed testimony to be given by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It didn't take long for abortion to re-emerge as a flashpoint in state legislatures.
Less than a month into the 2022 legislative sessions, battles over the future of abortion already are setting up around the U.S.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — “It provides accountability to the redistricting process.”
“We need representation that understands the diversity of this area.”
“As a voter in a rural area I’m entirely uncomfortable with my vote being used to dilute the power of another.”
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party on Friday filed a legal challenge to New Mexico's recently approved political map that reshapes the state's three congressional districts.
The lawsuit was filed in a Roswell-based state district court.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Friday against the uproar over a comment he made about African American voters, calling the criticism directed his way “outrageous.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent.