- Senators grill personnel office nominee over data hack Updated: Feb-04-16 2:48 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday promised to strengthen the agency's cybersecurity and information technology systems after what's believed to be the largest data breach in U.S. history.
- Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game Updated: Feb-03-16 4:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.
- State Senate panel OKs police and fire pension plan overhaul Updated: Feb-03-16 3:10 pm
PHOENIX - Legislation enacting a major overhaul of the state's badly underfunded public safety worker pension plan was unanimously approved Wednesday by a Senate committee and will likely come to a vote Thursday by the full Senate.
- Senate committee passes measures targeting immigrants Updated: Feb-03-16 2:51 pm
PHOENIX - Republican lawmakers want stiffer penalties for Arizona cities that skirt federal immigration laws and for immigrants who break the law while in the country illegally.
- Idaho Senate panel listens to Medicaid expansion hearing Updated: Feb-02-16 8:39 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Legislature's first-ever hearing on expanding Medicaid eligibility attracted hundreds of supporters eager to testify in favor Tuesday, but lawmakers declined to vote on whether to send the measure forward after listening to a handful of testimonies.
- Kansas senators consider overhauling juvenile justice system Updated: Feb-02-16 6:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Community-based services helped Cherrie Reynolds' adopted son avoid juvenile detention, the mother from Atchison told legislators Tuesday, the second day of a Senate committee hearing on a bill that would overhaul the juvenile justice system.
- Bill would let rape victims testify by closed circuit TV Updated: Feb-01-16 7:38 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Rape victims could be allowed to give testimony against their alleged attackers through a video recording, closed-circuit television or behind a two-way mirror under a bill that received its first committee approval Monday.
- Senate considers bill protecting same-sex marriage objectors Updated: Feb-01-16 3:11 pm
ATLANTA - A powerful Georgia Senate committee discussed but took no action Monday on a contentious bill allowing religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized.
- Legislature cancels hearings, debate Tuesday for snowstorm Updated: Feb-01-16 11:30 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Legislature has canceled all of its hearings and debate on Tuesday in anticipation of a blizzard that's expected to dump 8 inches of snow on Lincoln.
- Bipartisan probe faults gov't with migrant child abuse Updated: Jan-28-16 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Migrant children in the government's care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed to protect them, according to a bipartisan congressional investigation released Thursday.
- Senate panel passes reversal of transgender bathroom rule Updated: Jan-27-16 10:55 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - A bill that would eliminate Washington's new rule allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings consistent with their gender identity passed out of a Senate committee 4-3 Wednesday.
- Missouri lawmakers consider concealed weapons in colleges Updated: Jan-27-16 6:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers have begun discussing whether colleges and universities must allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.
- Indiana House panel backs bill limiting environmental rules Updated: Jan-27-16 3:50 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Legislation that would prohibit Indiana state agencies from enacting tougher environmental rules and standards than the federal government narrowly won the backing of a state House committee on Wednesday following a discussion that invoked the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
- Manchester police chief testifies at congressional hearing Updated: Jan-27-16 12:12 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Manchester's police chief has testified at a congressional hearing in Washington on the opioid abuse epidemic in New Hampshire.
- Walker permanent fund plan gets 1st hearing by Senate panel Updated: Jan-26-16 10:32 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee said Tuesday that he wants to vet several ideas surrounding the use of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings.
- Missouri bill would ban abortions for Down syndrome Updated: Jan-26-16 8:04 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri would become one of a few of states that outlaw abortions based on prenatal screening if a proposal before the Senate becomes law.
- Washington bill targets credibility of informants' testimony Updated: Jan-26-16 2:23 pm
SEATTLE - A Washington state man's conviction in his mother's murder in 2000 was based largely on a false confession he gave to police after a long interrogation. But like a lot of other wrongful convictions, his case also featured another troubling aspect: incriminating statements from jailhouse informants who were rewarded with light sentences or dropped criminal charges for their testimony.
- Lawmakers reschedule hearing to question Martin Shkreli Updated: Jan-25-16 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON - House lawmakers have rescheduled a hearing to question former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, reviled for hiking the price of a lifesaving drug, due to the weekend blizzard that has paralyzed travel on the East Coast.
- Washington lawmakers begin hearings on gun control bills Updated: Jan-21-16 8:41 pm
SEATTLE - Victims of gun violence, families of people killed in mass shootings and police officers urged Washington state lawmakers on Thursday to support a list of measures designed to keep firearms away from children and at-risk people, while gun-rights activists argued the proposed bills duplicate existing laws and would violate a gun owner's constitutional rights.
- Expert witness requirements pass Missouri Senate Updated: Jan-21-16 6:29 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The first bill to pass in the Missouri Senate this session would tighten the courtroom guidelines for expert testimony - a first step, Republican lawmakers said Thursday, toward meaningful tort reform.
- Price-hiking pharma exec Martin Shkreli gets House subpoena Updated: Jan-20-16 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON - House lawmakers have issued a subpoena to compel former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, reviled for price-gouging, to appear at a congressional hearing next Tuesday.
- House committee delays hearing bill legalizing nunchucks Updated: Jan-20-16 12:49 pm
PHOENIX - A House committee has delayed action on a bill that would legalize nunchucks.
- McCaskill says Missouri needs tighter drug monitoring Updated: Jan-19-16 7:37 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that Missouri needs more tools to fight opiate abuse, including a prescription drug monitoring program, more specialized treatment centers and better research about average drug use.
- The Latest: South Carolina could get up to 320 refugees Updated: Jan-19-16 5:42 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Latest on a Senate subcommittee hearing on two bill restricting or banning refugees from settling in South Carolina:
- Backers, foes of 'millionaire tax' make case at Statehouse Updated: Jan-19-16 3:26 pm
BOSTON - Supporters of a proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question are urging Massachusetts lawmakers to back the measure, saying the extra revenue would fund public schools and transportation improvements.