Residents of a rural, Republican-leaning town that the Nevada Legislature split into two Assembly districts filed a lawsuit challenging the state's district maps.
John Koenig and Gregory Hafen II, a Republican who represents Pahrump in the Statehouse, argued that the maps passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. has applied to build five solar energy projects throughout its West Virginia service territory.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An agency key to implementing new in-state investment components of North Dakota’s $8.3 billion oil tax savings has a new leader.
DETROIT (AP) — Adam Hollier is a lieutenant in the Army Reserves, a paratrooper, Detroit native, a Democrat and a Black man. He is also a state senator who represents a majority-Black district that stretches across the northeastern edge of his economically battered and resilient hometown.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state legislative complex will be open to the public during upcoming legislative sessions, but only for those who provide proof of vaccination.
New rules will also prohibit performances, advocacy booths and tours at the state Capitol starting Dec.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday released the priorities for drawing Pennsylvania's new congressional districts given to him by the panel he picked, signaling that he is ready to start discussions with Republicans who control the Legislature.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers will meet next month to hear from a former state employee at the center of questions over whether Gov. Kristi Noem interfered in a state agency that was evaluating her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Following September's contentious redistricting special session in the Oregon Legislature, a judicial panel on Wednesday unanimously dismissed a challenge to new congressional maps pushed through by state Democrats.
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois' new congressional district map into law Tuesday, formalizing political boundaries drawn to help Democrats in next year's midterm elections, when Republicans are well positioned to win control of the U.S.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon residents are increasingly pushing for the state to divest from fossil fuel companies and other controversial investments, but the state treasury is resisting and putting the onus on the Legislature.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will soon make it easy for workers to claim religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine requirements and promise unemployment benefits to people who are fired after refusing the shots, joining other states in resisting federal mandates from President Joe Biden.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law Tuesday a bill that will allow the state’s municipalities to adopt temporary indoor mask mandates.
Scott’s signature on the new law came a day after the Vermont Legislature held a special session in which the new law that allows a municipality to impose their own mask mandate was introduced and approved.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into a complaint that public officials tried to intimidate employees of Montana hospital into treating a COVID-19 patient with unapproved medication uncovered a voicemail left by a former state senator in which she said she didn't think “senators would be too happy to hear about” the hospital's care of the patient.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of West Point graduates have demanded state Rep. David Eastman resign from office over his ties to a right-wing extremist group, saying his affiliation has betrayed the values of the U.S.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s newly drawn map of congressional districts was hit with its first constitutional challenge, which alleges the boundaries represent partisan gerrymandering by Republicans.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators moved Monday to make it easy for workers in Kansas to claim religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but their leaders were divided over whether they also needed to promise unemployment benefits for people refusing the shots.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed into law newly drawn maps for the state's five congressional and 149 state House and Senate districts.
The bills, approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature during a special session last week, contain the new district boundaries that will be in place for the next 10 years.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor on Monday stood by his decision to sign sprawling limits on COVID-19 restrictions into law, even though his own office warned the bill would violate federal disability law and put the state at risk of losing federal funds.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congressional redistricting is the arcane but consequential process of redrawing U.S. House districts every 10 years, which often goes unnoticed by citizens.
This week, a final congressional map for Ohio sprinted through the Legislature and was signed by Republican Gov.
The Vermont Legislature passed a bill in a special session Monday that would allow municipalities to adopt temporary indoor mask mandates amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and after the governor has declined to reimpose a state of emergency.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor held back Monday from supporting a proposal by fellow Republicans that would force businesses to grant COVID-19 vaccination requirement exemptions without any questions and block similar immunization rules set by state universities.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two challenges filed by Republicans to new state legislative districts approved by the Legislature in September.
The lawmakers passed new legislative and congressional boundaries that included a new, sixth U.S.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasts for state government income have increased slightly as New Mexico legislators prepare to meet in January to craft a general fund budget.
The state's top taxation official and the lead economist for the Legislature told a panel of lawmakers Monday that state income is likely to exceed already robust expectations by at least $28 million for the fiscal year starting July 2022.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Disney has paused its policy requiring Florida-based employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine following new laws passed by the state's legislature last week that limit employers' power to require vaccinations, according to a memo sent to employees.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters may have rejected a constitutional amendment to start the centralization of the state's sales tax collections, but that doesn't mean lawmakers and outside groups are giving up on trying to make the change.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Julia Ratti of Sparks has resigned from the Legislature.
Ratti said Friday on Twitter that she was stepping down immediately because her family is moving out of her district and because she wants to simplify her life and focus on her job as the Washoe County Health District’s director of programs and projects.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are treating Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s opposition to federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates as a political bluff and are forcing policy choices upon her that could complicate her already difficult bid for reelection.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a map of new congressional districts on Saturday that will be in effect for the next four years, despite objections from Democrats and voting rights groups.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature will reconvene late this month to consider ending the statewide COVID-19 public health emergency order that has been in place since March 2020, legislative leaders said Saturday.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — State Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale who was sickened with COVID-19 in El Salvador is now in stable condition at a Florida hospital after a medevac flight, according to a former state lawmaker.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office warned lawmakers that their sprawling bill limiting COVID-19 restrictions would violate federal law that protects people with disabilities and put the state at risk of losing federal funds, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Board of Supervisors in Cochise County has chosen a replacement for a Republican lawmaker who resigned last month.
The board chose Republican Lupe Diaz on Friday to replace Rep.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona secretary of state's office on Friday certified that opponents of massive tax cuts enacted by the Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey collected enough signatures to block them from taking effect until voters can weigh in next November.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana readies for an infusion of federal infrastructure cash, a powerful state senator Friday said he's so dissatisfied with the state transportation department's handling of road and bridge money that he's ready to “blow it up and start over.”
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — State Sen. Hugh Leatherman, South Carolina’s oldest and most powerful state lawmaker, was remembered Friday as an astute public servant and family man who wielded his considerable power without pomp or pretense.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official has resigned, only days before the Legislature was set to convene a special session to consider proposals for pushing back against federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A renewed push for Indiana to join more than two-thirds of states with some form of legalized marijuana use appears to face the same roadblock from Statehouse Republicans who have opposed such a step for many years.
DENVER (AP) — President Joe Biden has appointed former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker as regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Colorado Sun reports that Becker's appointment was announced Thursday by the White House.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans pushed a bill through the legislature on Thursday that would prohibit officials from counting mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day. Gov.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State Sen. Betsy Johnson has raised $1.8 million in cash contributions in her campaign to become Oregon’s next governor, campaign finance records showed Thursday.
Johnson, a 20-year veteran of the Oregon Legislature and one of its most moderate Democrats, is running as an independent for the seat held by term-limited Gov.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly gave its final approval to a two-year state budget on Thursday and sent it to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who quickly signed it into law.
Cooper acted almost immediately after the Republican-controlled legislature sent the bill to his desk.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker who leads the Legislature's Education Committee unveiled a new proposal Thursday intended to provide more sustainable and predictable funding for K-12 public schools while lowering property taxes.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed $300 million in water spending to help local utilities address elevated lead levels, plan for pipe replacement and connect users of contaminated wells to municipal supplies.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Only one company responded to a call by Idaho lawmakers seeking a third-party to appraise federal land in real-time to find out how much money the state would get paid in property taxes if the land were privately held.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top political leadership is in no hurry to adopt — or even consider — a bill that would permanently ban smoking in Atlantic City's casinos.
On the day when smoking opponents make a national push for people to kick the habit, New Jersey state Senate President Steve Sweeney said there has been no discussion about whether to move forward with a bill pending in the state Legislature to ban smoking in Atlantic City's nine casinos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new map of congressional districts cleared the state Legislature along party lines Thursday, after a breakneck sprint through both chambers that was defended by majority Republicans and decried by Democrats and voting-rights advocates.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck’s only Democrat in the Legislature won’t run for re-election next year.
Sen. Erin Oban announced Thursday she won’t be seeking a third term, citing the divisive nature of current politics.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate is scheduled to return next month to the Statehouse for a special session where lawmakers are expected to address redistricting.
Senate President Harvey Peeler said senators will meet Dec.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain came under fire Thursday from state lawmakers who complained his regulatory agency was moving too slowly in expanding the medical marijuana products available to patients.