- Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president Updated: Jun-02-15 5:45 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.
- 'Restricted' NC driving permit for immigrants still intact Updated: Jun-02-15 5:41 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Legislation allowing North Carolina residents living illegally in the U.S. to obtain driver's permits is still intact at the General Assembly, although its future is uncertain.
- New Hampshire governor blocks baby pictures on beer bottles Updated: Jun-02-15 5:25 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Sorry, baby, your picture isn't going to be on the front of any beer bottles in New Hampshire.
- California considers health coverage for immigrant kids Updated: Jun-02-15 5:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children who are in the country illegally and seek federal authorization to sell private insurance to immigrants without documentation.
- Lawmakers hear testimony on Ohio police training changes Updated: Jun-02-15 5:08 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio would boost the amount of training to become a police officer and require all candidates for law enforcement jobs to have a high school diploma under legislation being considered at the Statehouse.
- House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits Updated: Jun-02-15 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled House panel Tuesday approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment.
- Michigan House committee looks at tax changes to fund roads Updated: Jun-02-15 4:18 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A variety of groups spoke out Tuesday against a bill that would eliminate a tax credit for low-income, working families as part of a plan from Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter to provide more money for repairing Michigan's roads.
- House panel votes to repeal health law's medical device tax Updated: Jun-02-15 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON - A Republican-run House committee voted Tuesday to repeal a 2.3 percent tax on many medical devices that helps pay for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
- Hassan vetoes end-of-life, constitutional convention bills Updated: Jun-02-15 2:54 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed bills establishing a committee to study end-of-life decisions and limiting the authority of delegates to a federal constitutional convention.
- Leaders work to 'button up' budget bills for special session Updated: Jun-02-15 2:42 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Makeshift House and Senate chambers with rollaway lecterns and portable microphones have been arranged for an impending special session. Now, Minnesota's Legislature just needs final budget bills to vote on.
- Text of statement by FIFA official Domenico Scala Updated: Jun-02-15 1:37 pm
ZURICH - Text of statement Tuesday by Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as FIFA president:
- Nevada Legislature ends session, decides several hot issues Updated: Jun-02-15 1:24 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers wrapped up their 120-day legislative session after passing a major tax hike and a budget with significant new investments in education.
- Lawmakers reach bipartisan agreement on police body cameras Updated: Jun-02-15 1:02 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut would provide money to towns and cities to equip police officers with body cameras under bipartisan legislation that passed unanimously in the state Senate on Tuesday.
- NC House speaker says gay marriage override vote may wait Updated: Jun-02-15 12:57 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The final vote to determine whether a vetoed bill will become law allowing some North Carolina court officials to avoid gay marriage proceedings may not happen quickly after all.
- Expert: Wisconsin's 20-week abortion ban bill could backfire Updated: Jun-02-15 12:00 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - As the Wisconsin Legislature's health committees took up a fast-tracked bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a medical expert said the measure could prompt more early terminations.
- Legislative session's end kills much-talked-about bills Updated: Jun-02-15 11:59 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Several Nevada bills that grabbed headlines this spring are dead after failing to pass before the Legislature adjourned.
- Hassan signs bill allowing anti-overdose drug prescriptions Updated: Jun-02-15 11:29 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill allowing doctors to prescribe anti-overdose drugs to a person at risk of experiencing an overdose or a family member or friend who can assist them.
- Shumlin's signing school governance bill won't end debate Updated: Jun-02-15 5:11 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is set to sign into law a wide-ranging bill on school governance and funding.
- Lawmakers fail in push for more ride-hailing companies rules Updated: Jun-02-15 3:32 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers failed to approve a number of revised regulations to ride-hailing companies like Uber before the legislative session ended.
- House to dig into Senate GOP bill to overhaul public pension Updated: Jun-02-15 3:05 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A Pennsylvania state House committee will listen to testimony on a Senate Republican plan to end the traditional pension benefit for school and state government employees after the Senate fast-tracked the 410-page bill without a hearing.
- 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.
- California Senate approves another minimum wage hike Updated: Jun-01-15 11:18 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that.
- Bill professionalizing Connecticut elections moves to Malloy Updated: Jun-01-15 10:25 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Local Connecticut voting officials will be required to undergo new training and certification under a bill that cleared the House of Representatives on Monday night and now awaits Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's signature.
- GOP Sen. Newton running for N. Carolina attorney general Updated: Jun-01-15 10:19 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Republican state Sen. Buck Newton announced his 2016 bid for attorney general on Monday, portraying himself as one who would confront what many conservatives consider federal overreach while focusing on basics as the state's top lawyer and law enforcement officer.
- California Senate OKs scaled-down travel disclosure bill Updated: Jun-01-15 10:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California state senators on Monday advanced a scaled-down version of a political ethics bill after the initial proposal was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said it would complicate campaign disclosure rather than reduce influence.