State legislature

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, Brother Tomasio Venditti of Steubenville, Ohio, right, holds a Trump-Pence campaign sign as he and Lis Kelly of Notre Dame, Ind., background, wear white gowns depicting the Lady of Guadalupe during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington during the annual March for Life. The annual march to proteststhe Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 16, 2019 - 7:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, with a downed power utility pole in the foreground, Eric England, right, searches through a friend's vehicle after the wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif. Facing potentially colossal liabilities over deadly California wildfires, PG&E will file for bankruptcy protection. The announcement Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, follows the resignation of the power company’s chief executive. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 15, 2019 - 1:29 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the...
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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, visits with Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, and Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker prior to to the inauguration ceremony for the Illinois House of Representatives for the 101st General Assembly at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
January 14, 2019 - 3:54 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire J.B. Pritzker took the oath Monday as Illinois governor, giving Democrats nearly unprecedented power at the Statehouse after four years of divided government only worsened the economic woes of a state billions of dollars in debt. The 53-year-old heir to the...
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A conventional beef burger, left, is seen Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, next to "The Impossible Burger", right, a plant-based burger containing wheat protein, coconut oil and potato protein among it's ingredients. The ingredients of the Impossible Burger are clearly printed on the menu at Stella's Bar & Grill in Bellevue, Neb., where the meat and non-meat burgers are served. More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term "meat" on product labels, Nebraska's powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like meat. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
January 13, 2019 - 2:45 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term "meat" on product labels, Nebraska's powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like real meat. Nebraska...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses the audience after Evers was sworn in during the inauguration ceremony at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. For the first time in nearly a decade, a handful of Republican lawmakers pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving have an ally in the governor's office. On paper it might look like a can't-miss bipartisan initiative, but it's not that easy in a state where drinking is ingrained in popular culture. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)
January 13, 2019 - 12:39 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With a new Democratic ally in the governor's office, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving. On paper it might look like a can't-miss bipartisan initiative, but it's not that easy...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, agents help sign people up for insurance through the Covered California exchange at their storefront on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, Calif. In his initial actions, newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to expand Medicaid to those in the country illegally up to age 26, implement a mandate that everyone buy insurance or face a fine, and consolidate the state's prescription drug purchases in the hope that it will dramatically lower costs. (Nick Agro/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, File)
January 12, 2019 - 6:06 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Riding the momentum from November's elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for...
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Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, center, leaves a news conference surrounded by supporters Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him, over his handling of last February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
January 11, 2019 - 6:01 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Republican governor flew to Fort Lauderdale three days after taking office to remove the...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom presents his first state budget during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 10, 2019 - 9:22 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a state budget proposal Thursday that seemingly does it all — boosts spending toward his ambitious campaign promises and sets aside significant contributions toward debts and savings. It appears he can have his cake and eat it too...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. State Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced this week he'd seek the Republican nomination, facing the nine-term King. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 10, 2019 - 6:06 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Steve King likes to note that President Donald Trump has referred to him as "the world's most conservative human being," but the congressman from deep-red western Iowa known for his caustic comments about race and immigration is bracing for what could be his...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2017, file photo Baltimore Archbishop William Lori leads a funeral Mass for Cardinal William Keeler at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, announced a phone hotline for victims to report child sex abuse associated with a place of worship or school across the U.S. state, which is steeped in Catholicism like few others. Unlike counterparts in other states that have formally announced probes into clergy sex abuse, Frosh's office has only publicly called for victims of abusers linked to schools or places of worship to come forward. But last year, Lori wrote priests and deacons in the archdiocese advising them that Frosh's office was delving into church records as part of an investigation into child sex abuse. He has pledged full cooperation throughout the process. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
January 10, 2019 - 5:11 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's top law enforcement official on Thursday announced a phone hotline for victims to report child sex abuse associated with a place of worship or school across the U.S. state, which is steeped in Catholicism like few others. Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the...
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