PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergenc…
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Conservative activists who falsely claim former President Donald Trump won reelection asked the Republican-led Michigan Senate on Thursday to order an audit of the results, seeking a review like one that is underway in fellow battleground state Arizona.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Revised financial estimates mean an extra $3.3 billion for lawmakers crafting the upcoming state budget, the state announced Thursday. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine urged lawmakers to be conservative when factoring in the windfall, calling it one-time money attributable to federal pandemic aid.
Republicans turned up pressure on Kentucky's Democratic governor Thursday to renew a contract with a Baptist-affiliated children's agency, reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling they say should settle the dispute between religious beliefs and gay rights.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state offices will close Friday in anticipation of a new federal law that will establish Juneteenth as a recognized government holiday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota House launched into a long, contentious debate Thursday as it held its first votes on big budget bills that lawmakers were unable to pass before time ran out on the year's regular session last month.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House’s decision to expel former representative Larry Householder was a choice to be respected, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday while repeating his belief that Householder should have resigned.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to increase criminal penalties for hazing in Ohio has unanimously passed the state Senate.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee planned to complete its work Thursday on the state's next two-year spending plan, paving the way for the Senate and Assembly to vote on it later this month.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who was elected to the state legislature but resigned before being sworn in has pleaded no contest to embezzling about $16,000 from an environmental nonprofit and using the money on his political campaign, prosecutors said.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he will use $250 million in state money and crowdsourced financing to build mo…
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The selection process is underway to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court with the departure of Barbara Vigil at the end of June.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature approved a state spending package following a series of dramatic votes in the Senate on Wednesday and impassioned speeches highlighting the tensions over the annual dividend paid to residents and the frayed nerves after five months in session.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago moved a step closer to having an elected school board under a measure approved Wednesday by the Illinois House.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio House expelled Rep. Larry Householder, the federally indicted Republican ex-speaker, Wednesday in a bipartisan vote that invoked their powers to remove a member for the first time in 150 years.
BOSTON (AP) — Some pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday — such as allowing restaurants to offer take-out cocktails — were quickly extended Wednesday after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill sent to him by state lawmakers.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of a firing squad option set out in the state's newly revised capital punishment law.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in driving blazes and drought.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing …
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans pushed a trio of election measures through their chamber on Wednesday, including one that would prohibit counting mail-in absentee ballots that aren't received by local officials by Election Day.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he will use $250 million in state money and crowdsourced financing to build more barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico, part of an emerging proposal that also extends his political fight over immigration with the Democratic Biden administration.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to Louisiana's jobless benefits, announcing Wednesday that he's signed a bill that makes the trade.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state Sen. Paul Hornback, a prominent voice on farming as a committee chairman, said Wednesday that he won't seek another term in 2022 but downplayed blistering criticism he received from a fellow Republican, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday was debating an earlier version of a bill that would legalize the adult use of cannabis, a day after Gov. Ned Lamont threatened to veto a retooled rendition that had cleared the state Senate.