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Gov. John Bel Edwards orders disclosure of tax break applications

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Gov. John Bel Edwards orders disclosure of tax break applications


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Alaska Legislature’s rollbacks to SB 91 appear to teeter as special session drags on

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Alaska Legislature’s rollbacks to SB 91 appear to teeter as special session drags on


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Anchorage Republicans seek to move Legislature from Juneau

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Anchorage Republicans seek to move Legislature from Juneau


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Pa. explores new territory in budget fight

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Pa. explores new territory in budget fight


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Over beers, former speakers share how they kept Legislature running

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Over beers, former speakers share how they kept Legislature running


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Chandler councilwoman hoping to succeed her son in Legislature

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Chandler councilwoman hoping to succeed her son in Legislature


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Ben Shapiro given two minutes to defend free speech before California legislature

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Tribal rep in Maine legislature leaves Dems for Greens
HOULTON, Maine (AP) — A tribal representative in Maine's House of Representatives has left the Democrats to become a Green Independent Party member. Rep. Henry Bear's a member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and a non-voting member of the legislature. He joins Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville as the second Green member of the legislature. Bear says he feels aligned with Greens on issues such as environment, civil rights and income equality   Read More ...
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The race to replace Schoen: Bigham is in, McNamara 'strongly leaning toward' a run
Bigham, a Washington County commissioner who served four years as a Democrat in the Minnesota House, said Wednesday, Nov. 22, she'll run in a special election. "The public's trust in government and specifically in the Minnesota Legislature is at an all-time low," Bigham said in a statement. "Whether it is the stalemate between the governor and the Legislature or the incidents that led to this special election, our government has squandered the public's trust   Read More ...
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A record number of proposed bills in the Utah Legislature has lawmakers rethinking their own rules
Utah has one of the shorter legislative sessions in the country, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from pitching more than 1,000 bills ahead of its 45-day session that starts in January, with plenty of time to add more. Lawmakers don’t meet on weekends, shortening their time to debate and vote on bills to just over 30 working days in an annual session   Read More ...
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Wisconsin voters to fill 3 open seats in Legislature
MADISON, Wis. — Election season is starting early in Wisconsin. Voters will fill three open seats in the Legislature over the next two months. Primaries are set for Dec. 19 with the general elections scheduled for Jan. 16. Republican Reps. Adam Jarchow and Shannon Zimmerman and Democrat Patty Schachtner are vying to replace Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. She gave up her seat this month to become state agriculture secretary   Read More ...
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Businessman from The Dalles appointed to Oregon Legislature
Daniel Bonham, a businessman from The Dalles, was appointed to the Oregon Legislature on Monday by commissioners of several central Oregon counties. Bonham, 40, succeed John Huffman, also of The Dalles, who resigned his House seat when President Trump appointed him an important U.S. Department of Agriculture job. Huffman's district spans Deschutes, Jefferson, Wasco and Wheeler counties, whose commissioners appoint a replacement if the incumbent resigns   Read More ...
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Push on to get more women to run for legislature
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s a big push on to get more women to run for office in next year’s legislative elections. Two Democratic State Senators have been named to launch two organizations aimed at finding and training women to run for House and Senate seats. Republicans say they are way ahead of the game. A lot has been reported about how Democrats made significant gains in last week’s municipal elections but it was also a big night for women   Read More ...
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Louisiana state retirees insurance could go up but not as high as thought
Louisiana legislators will be asked Friday morning to approve doubling the cost of life insurance, starting Jan. 1, for most retired state workers. But the 141 percent increase — from $1.029 per thousand dollars of coverage to $2.48 — being recommended for about 44,000 retirees is far less than the $9 average increase they were going to have to pay under the rates announced in mid-October   Read More ...
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Montana Legislature continues work on budget fix
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers continued to work Wednesday evening on a package of bills to account for a projected $227 million state budget deficit, with provisions for further cuts if the governor rejects some of the terms and instructions for how cuts and transfers could be reversed if the state's finances improve. The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that seeks to essentially force Gov   Read More ...
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Democrats flip 1 more seat in Oklahoma's GOP-led Legislature
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats have flipped another statehouse seat in deeply conservative Oklahoma amid growing frustration over years of state budget shortfalls and recent scandals that led to the resignation of Republican incumbents. Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman defeated Republican Brian O'Hara in Tuesday's special election for a state Senate seat representing parts of Tulsa. Complete but unofficial election results show that Ikley-Freeman, who is a therapist at a nonprofit mental health agency, won by 31 votes   Read More ...
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Democrats flip 1 more seat in Oklahoma's GOP-led Legislature
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats have flipped another statehouse seat in deeply conservative Oklahoma amid growing frustration over years of state budget shortfalls and recent scandals that led to the resignation of Republican incumbents. Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman defeated Republican Brian O'Hara in Tuesday's special election for a state Senate seat representing parts of Tulsa. Complete but unofficial election results show that Ikley-Freeman, who is a therapist at a nonprofit mental health agency, won by 31 votes   Read More ...
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Legislature’s chambers part ways as special session fizzles out
The two chambers of the Legislature are far apart, both on policy and on how to end the special session. The Alaska House met for a technical session Monday in Juneau, but the Senate has adjourned, with members returning to their homes. The impasse is a result of the two chambers having different views on the two bills on the special session agenda   Read More ...
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Republicans fear Gov.-elect Ralph Northam will try to pluck from the legislature to flip control
With Republican control of the legislature currently at a one-seat margin in both chambers, several Republicans say they're concerned about the possibility of Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam plucking out a few GOP members for his administration. Doing so could either cause a tie in the House or Senate or potentially flip control to Democrats if the Democrats were then able to flip the GOP-held seats in special elections   Read More ...
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Legislature plans changes seeking to increase power
Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed Monday several of their members should deliver a bipartisan message to the full Legislature in January about mutual goals for the 2018 session. Rep. Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, rolled out the idea during a meeting of the Legislature’s Executive Board that he chairs this year. After some discussion, he said there would be four people and the Democratic minority would be represented   Read More ...
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Special master offers draft maps for N Carolina Legislature - | WBTV Charlotte
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An outside expert appointed by a federal court to help draw some North Carolina legislative districts that judges worry remained unconstitutional has suggested changes. Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily filed Monday his preliminary House and Senate plans. The special master also requested formal responses from Republican legislative leaders who originally drew the boundaries and from voters who successfully sued over them   Read More ...
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Column: Make Legislature transparent
What grade could be worse than an F in ethics? Republican leaders in the state House and Senate seem determined to find out with their fall legislative agenda. The Center for Public Integrity recently gave Michigan a failing grade on its corruptibility report card, ranking us dead last among all 50 states in terms of ethics and transparency. The report gave Michigan an F in 10 of 13 government operations it examined, including political financing and legislative accountability   Read More ...
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Calley shifts from ballot drive to prepare for a run for governor
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley explains why his petition to create a part-time Legislature doesn't list all sections os the state constitution that might be affected by the change. Paul Egan/Detroit Free Press. LANSING – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley handed over the leadership of his part-time Legislature ballot drive to conservative grassroots activists Friday, as he prepared for an expected 2018 campaign for governor   Read More ...
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Calley hands off part-time Legislature petition drive
Buy Photo. Lansing — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is stepping aside from the part-time Legislature petition drive he helped launch five months ago as he continues to prepare for a likely run for governor. Calley said Friday that State Board of Education member Tom McMillin, a former state representative from Rochester Hills, will take over leadership of the petition drive that seeks to halve legislator pay and make their jobs part-time   Read More ...
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GOP lawmaker wants legislature to remove Democrat Bill O'Neill from the Ohio Supreme Court
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A GOP lawmaker on Thursday took the first step to remove Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a Democrat who is running for governor in 2018. Rep. Niraj Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, introduced a resolution to start the legislative process to remove O'Neill, who announced his gubernatorial run on Oct. 29. The Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct says a judge should resign from office "upon becoming a candidate in a primary or general election for a nonjudicial elective office   Read More ...
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Wisconsin Legislature sends hemp farming bill to Walker
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin would join a majority of other states in allowing the farming of industrial hemp under a bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Assembly passed the bill unanimously Thursday. It cleared the Senate unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Walker. His spokesman Tom Evenson said Walker would review the bill but did not commit to signing it   Read More ...
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Wisconsin Legislature sends hemp farming bill to Walker
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin would join a majority of other states in allowing the farming of industrial hemp under a bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Assembly passed the bill unanimously Thursday. It cleared the Senate unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Walker. His spokesman Tom Evenson said Walker would review the bill but did not commit to signing it   Read More ...
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Gov. John Bel Edwards orders disclosure of tax break applications
In a word, Gov. John Bel Edwards told a gathering of advocates Thursday that he would order his state economic development agency to require companies seeking tax exemptions to do so in writing and to post those requests online within three days. After a rambling question during the Together Louisiana meeting about whether the governor would enforce a more immediate disclosure Edwards answered, “Yes   Read More ...
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Democrats expand their control of the N.J. Legislature. But that won't guarantee peace
TRENTON -- New Jersey is about to get even bluer. As Democrat Phil Murphy was elected to succeed Republican Chris Christie as governor in January, Democrats also expanded their control of the state Legislature by at least three seats, according to the most updated tally Wednesday. But party leaders acknowledged that even more seats could have fallen their way if an expensive battle between state Senate President Stephen Sweeney and the state's largest teachers union didn't swallow millions of dollars that might have gone elsewhere   Read More ...
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Virginia Elects Openly Transgender Woman to Legislature
A transgender candidate in Virginia has defeated a lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted what bathroom she could use. Democrat Danica Roem defeated incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, 73, on Tuesday having campaigned on a platform of social inclusion as well as local issues, such as building up infrastructure and job creation. The 33-year-old former journalist is set to make history as the first openly transgender candidate to be seated in a U   Read More ...
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Democrat Danica Roem, a Transgender Woman, Elected to Virginia State Legislature
A transgender candidate in Virginia has defeated a lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted what bathroom she could use. Democrat Danica Roem defeated incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, 73, on Tuesday having campaigned on a platform of social inclusion as well as local issues, such as building up infrastructure and job creation. The 33-year-old former journalist is set to make history as the first openly transgender candidate to be seated in a state legislator in the United States   Read More ...
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Burlington County real-time election results 2017
Results will be added as soon as they are available. Refresh often throughout the night to get the latest results. BURLINGTON COUNTY -- Residents went to the polls Tuesday to vote not only for governor and state legislature, but also for county-wide officials, town mayors and council members. You can find results for governor and statewide ballot and legislature results here   Read More ...
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As voters choose Legislature, lawmaker looks ahead
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters on Tuesday voted for all 120 seats in the Democrat-led Legislature, and by the end of the day one lawmaker had already said he was "seriously considering" running for a soon-to-be-available congressional seat. Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo announced Tuesday he plans to retire from Congress rather than run for re-election last year, leading Democratic state Sen   Read More ...
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As voters choose Legislature, lawmaker looks ahead
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters on Tuesday voted for all 120 seats in the Democrat-led Legislature, and by the end of the day one lawmaker had already said he was "seriously considering" running for a soon-to-be-available congressional seat. Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo announced Tuesday he plans to retire from Congress rather than run for re-election last year, leading Democratic state Sen   Read More ...
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Legislature targets barring assessors onto property
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit assessors from increasing the assessment of a property just because the owner doesn't let them inside. The Assembly passed the bill Tuesday on a voice vote. The Senate followed suit with its own voice vote later in the day. The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. The bill would also allow owners who don't let assessors onto their property the ability to challenge assessments   Read More ...
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Legislature passes bill allowing utilities to fill wetlands
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill that would loosen wetland restoration requirements for public utilities. The Assembly passed the measure Tuesday on a voice vote. The Senate followed with its own voice vote later in the day, sending the bill to Gov. Scott Walker. Current state law requires anyone looking to fill a wetland to obtain a permit from the Department of Natural Resources   Read More ...
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Washington voters to decide balance of power in Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Voters in the suburbs east of Seattle will determine whether the Washington state Senate will remain the only Republican-led legislative chamber on the West Coast. Tuesday's race for the 45th District, one of eight special elections for the state Legislature this year, has broken all previous legislative spending records in the state because of the significance of the outcome   Read More ...
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Washington voters to decide balance of power in Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Voters in the suburbs east of Seattle will determine whether the Washington state Senate will remain the only Republican-led legislative chamber on the West Coast. Tuesday's race for the 45th District is one of eight special elections for the state Legislature this year, but it's the only open seat and has broken all previous legislative spending records in the state because of the significance of the outcome   Read More ...
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Washington voters to decide balance of power in Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Voters in the suburbs east of Seattle will determine whether the Washington state Senate will remain the only Republican-led legislative chamber on the West Coast. Tuesday's race for the 45th District, one of eight special elections for the state Legislature this year, has broken all previous legislative spending records in the state because of the significance of the outcome   Read More ...
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Alaska Legislature’s rollbacks to SB 91 appear to teeter as special session drags on
JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature's proposed rollbacks of last year's criminal justice overhaul, Senate Bill 91, appeared to teeter Monday, as a key state senator said they go too far even as several House members still pushed to make them go further. House members spent Saturday and Sunday doing the equivalent of open-heart surgery on the rollbacks: They approved a batch of amendments to the state's criminal justice laws during floor debate without the formal cost projections and expert witnesses that come during the committee process   Read More ...
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New Jersey voters electing Legislature, new governor
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters are electing a new Legislature along with Republican Gov. Chris Christie's replacement. All 120 seats in the Democrat-led Legislature are up for a vote on Tuesday. Democrats currently hold 52 of 80 Assembly seats and 24 of 40 Senate seats. Experts say they do not expect a change in party control, in part, because of how district seats have been drawn   Read More ...
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Anchorage Republicans seek to move Legislature from Juneau
A pair of Anchorage Republicans have announced their intentions to begin raising money for a 2020 ballot initiative that seeks to move the Alaska Legislature out of Juneau. A Saturday filing with the Alaska Public Offices Commission names Dave Bronson and Julie Tisdale as the key figures behind “Equal Access Alaska,” a group whose mission is to put a Legislature-move measure on the 2020 general election ballot   Read More ...
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Taxes and budget grab Legislature’s attention this week
With a House-passed version of Senate Bill 54 likely headed to the Senate, both the House and Senate are beginning to turn their attention to taxes and the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit. Senators are expected to return to Juneau and hold hearings here after departing the capital in an effort to save money. In the House, members of the House Finance Committee are scheduled to hear from Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation CEO Angela Rodell on Monday   Read More ...
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Voters to decide new governor, Legislature, ballot questions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick the successor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie and a new Legislature. They'll also weigh in on how much money should be spent from the funds collected from lawsuit settlements involving the cleanup of natural resources and whether to approve borrowing for libraries. Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt   Read More ...
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Lawmaker wants legislature to block proposed DMV late fee
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another state lawmaker has criticized a proposal by Rhode Island's Division of Motor Vehicles to levy a $250 late fee to restore the registration of vehicles if their safety inspection has lapsed. Democratic Rep. Aaron Regunberg, of Providence, on Saturday called on the state legislature to rescind the DMV's authority to assess the fee, which the agency wants to begin collecting on Jan   Read More ...
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Independent panel backs 'overdue' pay raise for Utah Legislature
An independent commission recommended Thursday giving Utah legislators what it calls an overdue raise in their daily pay rate, and also backed paying them for more days each year — saying they now often work extra days with no compensation. “I think this is fair,” said Legislative Compensation Commission member Matthew Bell, a former Weber County commissioner. “And we’ve given them a couple of avenues” to help them overcome the usual public criticism of any pay hike   Read More ...
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Michigan Legislature seeks to call residents Michiganders for good
A few facts about Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which makes of about 30% of Michigan's land area but just about 3% of its population. By Brian Manzullo, DFP. Wochit. In the eyes of the state Legislature, Michigander is the official term for the residents of Michigan and they have a bill that passed unanimously in both the House and Senate this week to prove it   Read More ...
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