- House considers requiring search warrant to get old emails Updated: Dec-01-15 1:17 pm
WASHINGTON - Investigators would need a search warrant to get people's old emails under a bill considered Tuesday by a House panel looking to update a nearly 30-year-old federal law to reflect today's communications.
- Senate won't vote on energy this year; Detroit bills coming Updated: Dec-01-15 1:06 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Senate will not vote on energy policy this year, and it is unlikely the chamber will consider a bailout and overhaul of Detroit Public Schools either.
- Cybersecurity bills would add secrecy to public records laws Updated: Dec-01-15 12:45 pm
WASHINGTON - A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.
- Senate OKs letting some retired teachers return with pension Updated: Dec-01-15 12:42 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Certain retired teachers could return to the classroom because of a shortage of substitutes and not enough full-time teachers in some subjects under legislation that has cleared the Michigan Senate.
- Warren mayor plans to veto used car lot projects Updated: Dec-01-15 6:35 am
WARREN, Michigan - The mayor of a Detroit-area suburb plans to veto the city council's unanimous approval of another used car sales lot and the expansion of a second one.
- GOP leader defends House Planned Parenthood investigation Updated: Nov-30-15 7:27 pm
WASHINGTON - A Republican congressional leader on Monday defended a House investigation of Planned Parenthood's provision of fetal tissue to researchers, offering no suggestion that last week's shooting deaths at one of the group's clinics will cause the GOP to retreat from that probe.
- Apodaca not seeking re-election to state Senate seat in 2016 Updated: Nov-30-15 7:14 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Sen. Tom Apodaca, one of the most powerful figures in the North Carolina General Assembly over the past five years, added his name Monday to the list of veteran Republican lawmakers not seeking re-election next year.
- GOP lawmakers propose bill shrinking natural resource areas Updated: Nov-30-15 6:31 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers began circulating a bill Monday that would ease the regulatory path for development on bodies of water, saying the changes would streamline state regulations and boost the economy.
- Walker to attend Christmas tree lighting, testify at hearing Updated: Nov-30-15 6:00 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is heading to Washington, D.C., to attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree lighting and to testify before a U.S. Senate committee.
- Idaho lawmakers review solar energy incentive proposal Updated: Nov-30-15 5:56 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Officials with Idaho's solar energy industry say they want to pay taxes on the energy they produce, not property taxes - a system that already applies to other renewable energy developers.
- House may move quickly to overhaul visa waiver program Updated: Nov-30-15 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress may move quickly to overhaul a program that allows travel to the U.S. with no visa, something that has come under criticism following the Paris terror attacks.
- Advocates push for changes to Kansas Open Records Act Updated: Nov-30-15 4:57 pm
LAWRENCE, Kansas - Public records advocates are pushing state legislators to bring the Kansas Open Records Act more in line with open record laws in other states.
- Lawmakers say school choice rule doesn't follow bill's aim Updated: Nov-30-15 3:54 pm
HELENA, Montana - A majority of Montana lawmakers believe the state Department of Revenue did not follow the Legislature's intentions when the agency wrote a rule barring religious schools from benefiting from a new tax-credit program, according to a poll released Monday.
- McCarthy predicts no gov't shutdown over Planned Parenthood Updated: Nov-30-15 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON - A top House leader predicted Monday that Washington will avoid stumbling into a government shutdown next week over a tea party-backed drive to take away Planned Parenthood's funding.
- Brazil House Speaker denies bribery reports Updated: Nov-30-15 2:37 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The embattled speaker of Brazil's House of Representatives has vehemently denied reports that a document seized in a corruption probe suggests he received nearly $12 million to support legislation favoring a top investment bank.
- Tax bill sparks brawls in Algeria's parliament Updated: Nov-30-15 2:15 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria - A new finance bill in Algeria is dividing lawmakers so much it has sparked exchanges of insults and brawls on the parliament floor.
- Maine legislature won't take up earned sick time bill Updated: Nov-30-15 2:05 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A bill designed to allow workers at companies with 11 or more employees to earn paid sick leave will not come up for debate in the coming legislative session.
- Correction: Pro Sports Team-NW Indiana story Updated: Nov-30-15 10:09 am
MERRILLVILLE, Indiana - In a story Nov. 28 about a proposal to create a northwestern Indiana professional sports commission, The Associated Press reported erroneously that co-author Rep. John Bartlett of Indianapolis is a Republican. He is a Democrat.
- California governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions Updated: Nov-29-15 11:05 am
SACRAMENTO, California - California Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to the U.N. Climate Change conference, which opens Monday, where he will promote the state's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and urge other states and provinces to sign on to his climate pact.
- NY Gov. Cuomo vetoes bill to halt killing of invasive swans Updated: Nov-29-15 7:05 am
ALBANY, New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have blocked a plan to control the population of mute swans.
- Michigan's straight-ticket voting option may be eliminated Updated: Nov-29-15 4:10 am
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan voters who with a single mark can vote Democratic or Republican for every partisan office on the ballot may no longer have the option in 2016.
- Higher education board to address on-campus beer sales Updated: Nov-28-15 2:55 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota's governing body on higher education is mulling whether to allow beer and wine sales on the state's six public university campuses, a move that opponents have said could encourage binge drinking and create additional problems for the schools and surrounding communities.
- In medical marijuana states, 'pot doctors' push boundaries Updated: Nov-28-15 2:38 pm
CHICAGO - The green-typeface slogan "WE'ED like to be your doctor!" -unmistakably weed-friendly - has attracted hundreds of medical marijuana patients in less than a year to Dr. Bodo Schneider's clinics in southern Illinois and suburban Chicago.
- Massachusetts lawmakers to hold hearings on dozens of bills Updated: Nov-28-15 2:22 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers may have ended their formal sessions for the year, but they're still holding hearings on bills that could come up for a vote in 2016 - the second half of their two-year session.
- News Guide: What to know about December legislative session Updated: Nov-28-15 11:48 am
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Legislature returns Tuesday for two or three weeks of voting with a number of issues on tap before it adjourns for the year.