- The Latest: Republicans decry Kansas court ruling on schools Updated: Feb-11-16 2:11 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on the Kansas Supreme Court decision to toss the state's stopgap school funding law (all times local):
- Bill would increase penalty for violating restraining orders Updated: Feb-11-16 2:09 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A person who more than once violates restraining orders issued to protect people from domestic violence or stalking would face felony charges under a bill the Florida Senate passed.
- New Mexico Senate Dem says REAL ID bill negotiations ongoing Updated: Feb-11-16 2:06 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A key Senate Democrat says he negotiating with a Republican colleague to resolve a conflict on a bill that would make New Mexico REAL ID compliant.
- House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage Updated: Feb-11-16 2:05 pm
ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a variety of proposals creating legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents.
- West Virginia House approves religious-exemptions bill Updated: Feb-11-16 1:59 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.
- Cosby cases inspire Colorado bill extending time for charges Updated: Feb-11-16 1:55 pm
DENVER - Citing sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, Colorado legislators were considering a bill Thursday to end a 10-year statute of limitations on such cases and allow more time to seek charges.
- Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry Updated: Feb-11-16 1:49 pm
BOSTON - Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016.
- Republicans advance bill on academic standards review Updated: Feb-11-16 1:36 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky Senate Republicans have advanced a sweeping education bill aimed at creating a new review structure for state academic standards.
- Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes Updated: Feb-11-16 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.
- Gov. Fallin makes appointment to incentive commission Updated: Feb-11-16 1:23 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the appointment of an Edmond accounting firm executive to an eight-member commission tasked with reviewing state tax credits.
- Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law Updated: Feb-11-16 1:17 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million.
- House bill would attempt to better rehabilitate prisoners Updated: Feb-11-16 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Inmates could receive credits for taking part in rehabilitation programs such as education or job training under legislation advanced by a House panel.
- Committee approves bill to clock city minimum wage increase Updated: Feb-11-16 12:48 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A legislative committee has approved a bill aimed at blocking Alabama cities from raising the minimum wage within city limits.
- Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability Updated: Feb-11-16 12:30 pm
STORRS, Connecticut - The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero.
- House approves idea of appointing state schools chief Updated: Feb-11-16 12:25 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The governor could appoint South Carolina's top educator under legislation approved by the House.
- Lawmakers consider tougher vehicular homicide penalties Updated: Feb-11-16 12:21 pm
KENNEWICK, Washington - A bill making its way through the Washington statehouse would create stiffer penalties for vehicular homicide.
- School voucher bill stalls in House amid flagging support Updated: Feb-11-16 12:02 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A proposal to create a school voucher program stalled in the House on Thursday despite efforts to drum up support among wary rural lawmakers by limiting the areas of Tennessee where parents could receive state money to pay for private school tuition.
- Nashua aldermen approve solar energy system legislation Updated: Feb-11-16 11:57 am
NASHUA, New Hampshire - New legislation approved by aldermen in Nashua allows for home and business owners to install solar energy systems without raising their property taxes.
- Senate panel approves transgender student bathroom bill Updated: Feb-11-16 11:52 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A bill that would require students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their biological sex at birth will be debated by the full Senate.
- Florida House passes nearly $80 billion budget Updated: Feb-11-16 11:48 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida House has passed a nearly $80 billion budget after a lengthy partisan debate.
- Wyoming proposal would toughen ballot initiative process Updated: Feb-11-16 11:46 am
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill that would create another requirement for the state's already rigorous ballot initiative process.
- Panel advances bill to require ultrasounds before abortions Updated: Feb-11-16 11:29 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant woman.
- Truck tolls move to Senate after passing House Updated: Feb-11-16 10:18 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Democratic leaders in the Rhode Island General Assembly plan to send a highway truck toll bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo by Thursday night if the Senate votes in its favor.
- Medical pot advocates oppose proposed Rhode Island plant tax Updated: Feb-11-16 10:14 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Medical marijuana advocates are opposing an annual $350-per-plant fee that Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to impose on some growers as part of her revenue plan.
- California school abandons Redskins mascot Updated: Feb-11-16 9:08 am
FRESNO, California - A California school district has decided to give up its Redskins team mascot.