Kentucky could make it a crime to ‘dox’ minors

U.S. 03/06/19, 14:04

Months after a Kentucky high school student was vilified following his interaction with a Native American protester, the state legislature is advancing a bill that would make it a crime to publish personal information of a child online with the intent to harass or intimidate.A Kentucky state Senate committee approved ...

Florida lawmakers convene for annual 60-day session

U.S. 03/05/19, 13:21

Florida's political leaders called for cooperation and outlined goals for education, health care, transportation and other priorities as the state Legislature convened Tuesday in Tallahassee with new presiding officers, a new governor and only one requirement: pass a balanced state budget to fund the government.Republican Senate President Bill Galvano stressed ...

Following teacher ‘sickout,’ Kentucky administrators protest

U.S. 03/04/19, 18:23

Kentucky's school superintendents held a media blitz Monday to oppose a bill in the state legislature that they say will strip millions of dollars from public education and could trigger another classroom walkout by anxious teachers.House bill 205 would grant tax credits to people who donate to scholarship funds for ...

Idaho State Police may get tests to tell hemp and pot apart

U.S. 03/02/19, 15:04

Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted a federal lawsuit.The state legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday approved about $240,000 for three testing devices for crime labs ...

A year after teacher strikes, some lawmakers ready for fight

U.S. 03/01/19, 17:37

Teachers are returning to state Capitols one year after strikes and walkouts to protest pensions, education funding and teacher pay.Teachers called in sick Thursday to close six Kentucky school districts to protest a bill in the Republican-controlled state legislature that would dilute the power of the state's largest teachers association ...

Kentucky teachers stage ‘sick out’ to protest at legislature

U.S. 02/28/19, 11:10

At least six Kentucky school districts were forced to close on Thursday — including the two largest systems in the state — as a wave of teachers called in sick to protest what one leader called "half-truths" and "shadiness" at the state legislature.The "sick out" was organized by the group ...

California’s Republicans pick Jessica Patterson to lead state party

California 02/24/19, 14:50

The California Republican Party on Sunday selected new leader Patterson focused on nuts-and-bolts organizing and raising money over two rivals. Jessica Patterson, who previously led a candidate recruitment and training program, won support from just more than 1,200 of the party's most dedicated backers to win the chairmanship. She'll now be tasked ...

3rd time a charm? Police fee plan of Tom Wolf gets new attention

U.S. 02/24/19, 14:25

The latest effort by Gov. Tom Wolf to impose a fee on municipalities that rely on state troopers, instead of a local police force, is generating new conversations, if not an embrace, as budget makers try to end the constitutionally questionable use of highway dollars to underwrite the Pennsylvania State ...

Kentucky GOP trying again with teacher pension bill

U.S. 02/20/19, 18:40

Republicans in Kentucky are trying again to change the state's troubled public pension plan for teachers, tapping two public school employees to put forward a bill they hope will avoid a repeat of last year's massive protests that closed schools across the state. The GOP-dominated state legislature passed a bill last ...

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Health 02/15/19, 15:10

Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus.The House Health Care and Wellness Committee approved House Bill 1638 on a ...

Utah plan to cut Medicaid expansion by 50,000 nears passage

Health 02/08/19, 17:43

A plan to scale back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Utah won a key approval in the state Legislature on Friday despite protests that it reduces access to needed health care and thwarts voters' wishes.The measure would insure about 50,000 fewer people under Medicaid, a change that would need approval ...

Blackface photo is a reminder of Virginia’s racist history

Politics 02/07/19, 01:13

The discovery last week of a racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page has served as a glaring reminder that Virginia — a former bastion of slavery and white supremacy— continues to struggle with mindsets shaped by its turbulent racial history. Even as Virginia has grown more ...

A new year in legislatures brings same story on harassment

Politics 02/02/19, 10:04

Complaints of sexual misconduct are continuing to mount in state legislatures as the 2019 sessions begin and lawmakers consider whether to add safeguards against harassment. Claims in a handful of states make it clear that the #MeToo movement was not a one-year phenomenon in many state capitols. Some states are taking their ...

American Legion seeks Pentagon action on NY WWII unknowns

New York 02/01/19, 06:03

American Legion officials are calling on New York lawmakers to request the Pentagon exhume the Long Island graves of sailors killed in a World War II ship explosion in an attempt to identify the fallen servicemen.The American Legion's New York state organization has approved a resolution seeking the state Legislature's ...

Anti-cancer group: Ban tanning beds for younger than 18

Health 01/23/19, 16:26

Health advocates gathered in the Mississippi Capitol on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to ban people younger than 18 from using tanning beds.They say teenagers put themselves at risk of cancer while tanning for proms or other events.The District of Columbia and 17 states, including Louisiana and Texas, have already enacted such ...

Investigation finds misconduct by former California lawmaker

California 01/16/19, 20:49

A former California state lawmaker likely kissed a legislative employee against her will, according to a state Assembly investigation made public Wednesday.An outside investigator substantiated complaints that Sebastian Ridley-Thomas kissed the employee, held her hand, then called her several times after she made it clear she wasn't interested.Ridley-Thomas, a Democrat, ...

New Hampshire, Vermont governors propose family leave plan

Health 01/16/19, 17:40

Republican governors in New Hampshire and Vermont rolled out a plan Wednesday for a voluntary two-state paid family and medical leave program, but Democratic lawmakers attacked the proposal, one calling it "useless."The plan comes in the wake of failed efforts last year by the two state legislatures to enact such ...

Capitol Watch: A more diverse Legislature, early actions

New York 01/12/19, 17:51

In New York government news, an increasingly diverse state Legislature is back in Albany for its 2019 session, the first in the state's history with African-Americans holding the top leadership posts in both the Senate and the Assembly.Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat, formally became Senate majority leader when the Legislature ...

How a Chinese immigrant used WeChat to win a statehouse seat

China 12/15/18, 09:05

As a first-generation Asian American running for a seat in the Maryland state legislature, Democrat Lily Qi felt disconnected from the party establishment.She had worked for years as Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's chief administrator overseeing economic and workforce development. But she lacked the political base and union endorsements of ...

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