- State Senate passes bill ending zoning protest petitions Updated: Jul-02-15 2:28 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A bill that would weaken the power of North Carolina homeowners to petition against zoning changes in their neighborhoods is closer to becoming law following a vote in the General Assembly.
- Kansas governor pondering religious objections legislation Updated: Jul-02-15 2:21 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling.
- North Carolina goes home for 1-week break despite criticism Updated: Jul-02-15 2:08 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The North Carolina General Assembly has gone home for a weeklong break even as the House and Senate face a chasm between their proposals on the already overdue state budget.
- Highlights of Wisconsin budget up for final committee vote Updated: Jul-02-15 2:04 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The two-year state budget up for passage Thursday by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is expected to be taken up by the Assembly on Tuesday. It's unknown when the Senate will vote on it. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Wednesday that he does not have the votes for the budget in its current form.
- Pennsylvania governor vetoes liquor privatization bill Updated: Jul-02-15 1:56 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is rejecting a Republican-backed bill to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor amid a budget standoff.
- Nevada Democrats brace for life after Reid's retirement Updated: Jul-02-15 1:26 pm
LAS VEGAS - Local and state officials gathered near Hoover Dam in April to celebrate the groundbreaking of a highway bypass that might ultimately become part of an interstate connecting Las Vegas with Phoenix.
- California delays plan to replace statue of soon-to-be saint Updated: Jul-02-15 1:08 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers are shelving a plan to replace a statue of the missionary Junipero Serra with astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol.
- Ala state senator seeking help after DUI arrest Updated: Jul-02-15 12:47 pm
ALABASTER, Alabama - The chairman of the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday he is seeking professional help following his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence.
- Ohio Medicaid plan would require enrollees to share in cost Updated: Jul-02-15 12:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - About 1 million low-income Ohio residents could be required to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget, officials estimate.
- Budget committee set to approve road funding cuts, tax plan Updated: Jul-02-15 12:08 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans hope to kick-start the stalled state budget by voting Thursday on plans that cut $450 million for road projects and reduce taxes for married couples - moves that would get the two-year spending plan out of committee and ready for debate next week in the Assembly.
- Illinois AG asks judge to OK payments without state budget Updated: Jul-02-15 11:25 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois attorney general has asked a Cook County judge to clarify what bills the state may pay without spending authority during the budget impasse.
- Marin County tunnel to be named after Robin Williams Updated: Jul-02-15 10:40 am
SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams' name will soon grace a tunnel with rainbow arches that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County, where the late actor lived most of his life.
- Kansas governor signs bill clarifying new property tax law Updated: Jul-02-15 5:04 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill clarifying that a new law aimed at reducing local property taxes doesn't take effect until 2018.
- Public school districts getting more control over books Updated: Jul-02-15 4:08 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks.
- Louisiana's littering fines to rise, under newly-signed bill Updated: Jul-02-15 4:08 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's littering fines are doubling.
- Ex-state senator facing up to 20 years on racketeering Updated: Jul-02-15 3:34 am
SAN FRANCISCO - A former California state senator - once considered a leading candidate for a statewide office - is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.
- Brown signs last of 3 ethics-related bills Updated: Jul-01-15 10:32 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown has signed the last of three ethics-related bills she requested after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal.
- Oregon senators pass bill tracking toxic chemicals in toys Updated: Jul-01-15 10:18 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12.
- Michigan Senate approves $1.5B road plan with gas tax hike Updated: Jul-01-15 10:08 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a $1.5 billion plan to improve deteriorating Michigan roads by raising fuel taxes and redirecting money from elsewhere in the budget.
- State House backs Eastern Oregon speed limit hike Updated: Jul-01-15 9:50 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon House is getting behind a plan to boost speed limits on Eastern Oregon highways.
- Washington has a budget, but Legislature isn't finished Updated: Jul-01-15 9:31 pm
SEATTLE - Washington state has a budget for the next two years. The government has not shut down. So why haven't state lawmakers gone home for summer vacation? They still have work to do.
- Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance Updated: Jul-01-15 9:25 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts - including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation - to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn't afford.
- Wide environmental changes get initial NC Senate OK Updated: Jul-01-15 7:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Senate Republicans on Wednesday backed off some provisions in their annual "regulatory reform" measure but retained several that critics say would damage water quality and discourage citizen lawsuits.
- Michigan senators spar over Juneteenth slavery resolution Updated: Jul-01-15 7:34 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A proposed Michigan legislative resolution recognizing a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery is on hold because Republican leaders are uncomfortable with the language, spurring criticism from the measure's black sponsor that attempting to change the wording is a form of "white privilege."
- Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature Updated: Jul-01-15 7:13 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings.