- North Carolina OKs bill for 72-hour wait period for abortion Updated: Jun-03-15 4:48 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would make the state one of several with 72-hour waiting periods for an abortion, sending the measure to the governor's desk.
- Lawmakers approve higher education, justice budget plans Updated: Jun-03-15 4:26 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Legislature has approved budgets for education and justice departments, as lawmakers push to adjourn the session this week.
- The latest on Connecticut legislature: Sunday hunting OK'd Updated: Jun-03-15 3:54 pm
- Oregon women could skip doctor's visit for birth control Updated: Jun-03-15 2:39 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that could make their state the easiest place in the nation for women to access birth control.
- Decision to decriminalize pot in Illinois in Rauner's hands Updated: Jun-03-15 1:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Signing a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana would be, some legislators say, "low-hanging fruit" for Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is pushing for prison sentencing reform.
- House members, senators near compromise on body camera bill Updated: Jun-03-15 1:10 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A group of senators and representatives appear poised to reach a compromise on a bill promoting police body cameras.
- McConnell's role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends Updated: Jun-03-15 11:01 am
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.
- Committee to negotiate compromise on health benefits Updated: Jun-03-15 8:23 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The chairman of North Dakota Legislative Management has named a six-member committee that will meet in Bismarck next week to negotiate a compromise on public employee insurance and health benefits.
- Republicans hold on to north Mississippi US House seat Updated: Jun-03-15 4:33 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Republican Trent Kelly says that as Mississippi's newest member of the U.S. House, he will work to strengthen national defense, protect veterans' benefits and reduce federal regulations.
- Republican wins runoff for US House seat in Mississippi Updated: Jun-02-15 11:07 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The GOP held on to a Mississippi congressional seat in a special-election runoff Tuesday in which a Republican district attorney handily defeated a fellow attorney and Democratic political consultant who was seeking his first public office.
- Lawmakers approve judicial branch budget at current level Updated: Jun-02-15 9:42 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers have approved a budget for the state's judicial branch that maintains the current funding level.
- Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president Updated: Jun-02-15 9:17 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands.
- Q&A: A look at where things stand in the Alaska Legislature Updated: Jun-02-15 8:14 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - If you have a sense of deja vu, you're not alone. The Alaska Legislature is seemingly right back to where it was more than a month ago.
- Gov. Scott administration under fire in health care fight Updated: Jun-02-15 8:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Key Republicans on Tuesday asserted that the administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott was playing politics in a continuing fight over health care that has already derailed one legislative session this year.
- Florida House scales back proposed tax cuts Updated: Jun-02-15 7:59 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Republicans in the Florida House on Tuesday rolled out a scaled-back tax cut package that would give Floridians a small cut on their cellphone bills as well as keep intact the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday.
- Strong-armed Texas state lawmaker leaves gavels in pieces Updated: Jun-02-15 5:39 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - At 5 feet 5 inches tall, Texas Rep. Kenneth Sheets is one of the smallest members of the Texas Legislature.
- Election commission releases Guinta investigation files Updated: Jun-02-15 5:28 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Two members of U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta's family appear to contradict his claims about $355,000 he spent on his 2010 campaign, according to Federal Election Commission documents released Tuesday.
- US Rep. Alan Grayson wants kids to live with him Updated: Jun-02-15 1:23 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson wants his four children ages 10 to 16 to live with him, claiming their mother's behavior has been "bizarre, aggressive and inappropriate," according to papers filed last week in a Florida divorce court.
- Layoff notices prepared as budget debate continues Updated: Jun-02-15 12:49 am
JUNEAU, Alaska - Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms.
- Florida legislators return with plan to end budget stalemate Updated: Jun-01-15 7:44 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Legislature kicked off a 20-day special session Monday, with legislative leaders sounding more open to compromise as they race against the clock to pass a new state budget.
- State House Republicans push Wolf taxes to unanimous defeat Updated: Jun-01-15 7:23 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A measure combining all of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed tax increases went down unanimously Monday in the state House, but Republicans and Democrats had much different reasons for voting against it.
- Oklahoma governor signs legislation funding state services Updated: Jun-01-15 7:11 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation that funds state government and services for the upcoming year while closing a $611 million budget shortfall was signed into law Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- Missouri lawsuit opposes wide-ranging "Christmas tree" bill Updated: Jun-01-15 6:38 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A nonprofit manager is suing Missouri over a law that deals with issues ranging from fire sprinklers to shingles to initiative petitions, saying it was changed too drastically as it moved through the Legislature and had new provisions pinned on like holiday ornaments.
- Key tax proposal stalled in House, Senate negotiations Updated: Jun-01-15 6:22 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A proposal to levy a state fee on health care providers that is key to several tax plans remains deadlocked between negotiators.
- House Democrats release revised state budget plan Updated: Jun-01-15 5:15 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - As a second special legislative session starts its first full week in Washington state, House Democrats on Monday released their latest state budget proposal and negotiations with the Republican Senate moved to the governor's office.