State legislature

June 24, 2019 - 4:05 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives announced Monday that she is challenging longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who has found her long-standing image as a moderate sympathetic to abortion rights under fire in an increasingly polarized...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, gamblers line up to place bets on the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City N.J. This is the first March Madness tournament since legal gambling expanded last year in the U.S. The spread of legalized sports betting is largely following regional boundaries. Lawmakers across the Northeast and upper Midwest have generally approved it or are still considering doing so this year. But in the Deep South and far West, fewer states are rushing in a year after the US Supreme Court cleared the way for legal sports betting nationally. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
June 23, 2019 - 8:12 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A review of sports betting legislation by The Associated Press shows a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options. By year's end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest. But most states in the Deep...
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FILE - This July 6, 2018, file photo shows boxes containing petitions in favor of a proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas, delivered to the Arkansas secretary of state's office in Little Rock, Ark. Voters in several states dominated politically by Republicans have passed ballot initiatives in recent years to expand Medicaid, legalize marijuana, raise the minimum wage and reform the redistricting process. This has led several GOP legislatures and governors to begin cracking down on the initiative process in ways that will make it harder for the public to quality ballot measures. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo, File)
June 22, 2019 - 1:12 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas voters have been active in recent years, passing ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, raised the minimum wage and expanded casino gambling. That hasn't gone over well with Republicans. Arkansas' GOP-dominated Legislature has taken steps this year...
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A TV reporter interviews self-employed logger Bridger Hasbrouck, of Dallas, Ore., outside the Oregon State House in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, June 20, 2019, the day the Senate is scheduled to take up a bill that would create the nation's second cap-and-trade program to curb carbon emissions. Senate Republicans, however, pledged to walk out so there wouldn't be enough lawmakers present for a vote on House Bill 2020, which is extremely unpopular among loggers, truckers and many rural voters. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
June 21, 2019 - 10:12 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The president of the Oregon Senate ordered the state Capitol to close on Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation dragged on. Republican state senators fled the Legislature...
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Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore announces his run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
June 21, 2019 - 3:18 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a state that has long been reliably Republican, Roy Moore faces an uphill battle in winning over skeptical voters to take back the Alabama Senate seat he lost two years ago amid allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls. With GOP leaders including President...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2018, file photo, then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at a news conference in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin's conservative-controlled Supreme Court on Friday, June 21, 2019, upheld lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, handing Republican lawmakers a resounding victory. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)
June 21, 2019 - 1:05 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats trying to undo laws passed by Republicans during a lame-duck session just before Gov. Scott Walker left office are putting their hopes behind a federal court challenge following a resounding legal defeat Friday. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme...
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Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore announces his run for the republican nomination for U.S. Senate Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
June 20, 2019 - 8:41 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, defying Republican leaders who urged the polarizing jurist not to run for the Alabama seat they hope to reclaim in 2020. A former chief justice known for hardline stances against gay marriage and for the Ten...
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This June 14, 2019, photo shows people cooling off in Wasilla Lake in Wasilla, Alaska. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has called lawmakers into special session in Wasilla beginning July 8, but some lawmakers have expressed concerns over security and logistics with the location more than 500 miles from the state capital of Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
June 20, 2019 - 1:30 pm
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — When Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called for the Legislature's next special session to be held in Wasilla, some agreed with him that a change of venue would be good for lawmakers struggling to finish their work after a drawn-out five months at the state capital. Others called it...
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FILE -- In this April 24, 2019 file photo State Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, urges lawmakers to approve his proposal to give state public health officials instead of local doctors the power to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A new version of Pan's bill, which would require public health officials tp scrutinize doctors who grant a high number of exemptions rather than review every exemption, will be will be taken up by the Assembly Health Committee, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File )
June 20, 2019 - 12:10 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents are getting their first chance to weigh in on a revised California measure giving state public health officials oversight of doctors who grant over five vaccination medical exemptions annually vaccinations and schools with vaccination rates less than 95%...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, an opponent of a measure to toughen the rules for vaccination exemptions gives a thumbs down as the bill's author, state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, makes his closing statements in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Pan have agreed to limit the role of public health officials in approving doctors' vaccine decisions. But the health officials will increase their oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions. Sen. Richard Pan announced the changes Tuesday, June 18 after Newsom said he had doubts about giving state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 18, 2019 - 1:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials would have more oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down...
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