GovBeat: legislature


Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Michigan Tea Partiers want to end full-time legislature

A group of tea party conservatives wants to end Michigan’s full-time legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Michigan, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2014

Why Indiana’s push to require cursive writing education could be a good thing

Some studies show cursive may be good for brain development.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, indiana, legislature, newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

A partial list of the things Florida lawmakers might make secret

The start of the session may be a month and a half away, but secrecy is already on the agenda.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, legislature

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/22/2014

South Carolina’s governor is getting expanded powers

The effort is described as the largest restructuring of the state government in 20 years.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  governor, legislature, newsletter, South Carolina

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Watch Alaska’s House speaker welcome back lawmakers with a cow bell joke

There are three things you have to know in order to understand this political insider’s joke from Alaska.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Humor, legislature

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 01/21/2014

More than a third of Republicans in Oregon’s House are leaving, says report

The Oregonian reports on “an exodus of Republican lawmakers leaving at the end of next year.”

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:17 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Oregon, republicans

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Alaska Session Preview: What to do about a $2 billion revenue hole

The $2 billion dip in revenues is the result of new oil tax cuts as well as dropping prices and production.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, legislature, legislatures, Revenue

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 01/16/2014

South Carolina could soon see its biggest government restructuring in 20 years

It would move human resources and information technology into a new cabinet-level agency.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:49 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  governor, legislature legislatures, South Carolina

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/15/2014

The N.H. House just became the first state body to OK pot sales, group says

The vote comes just two weeks after the historic beginning of legal sales in Colorado.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Marijuana, New Hampshire, pot

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/15/2014

South Carolina session preview: First up, dealing with a ‘mega potato farm’

Billions of gallons of public water are at stake.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:51 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, budgets, health care, Healthcare, legislature, legislatures, obamacare, session preview, South Carolina

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014

New Hampshire session preview: Expect fights over guns, the death penalty and pot

Expect some big fights out of the small state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  casinos, gambling, guns, health care, Healthcare, legislature, legislatures, Marijuana, medicaid, New Hampshire, pot, session preview

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Think Congress is polarized? Half the states are worse.

But, don’t worry, in most states, a single party has control of everything.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Congress, legislature, legislatures, newsletter, politics

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Hawaii Session Preview: Lawmakers return today to talk cooling schools

The state will take up policies both familiar and unique.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, Hawaii, health care, Healthcare, legislature, legislatures, obamacare, session preview

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014

A fourth of state lawmakers are women — a stat that hasn’t changed in five years

No state can claim a truly gender-equal legislature.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, legislature, legislatures, map, maps, Rankings, women

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/12/2014

By week’s end, half the states will have begun their 2014 sessions

More than 1,400 lawmakers in 11 states get back to work this week.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, legislatures, newsletter

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: A $5B budget and a Senate showdown in Mississippi

The Mississippi state legislature kicks off its three-month session on Tuesday, with a contentious Senate primary looming.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, education, legislature, Mississippi, senate, session preview

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session Preview: In Idaho, education’s a top priority

Education and health care will take center stage during the 2014 session.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, health, Healthcare, Idaho, legislature, medicaid, medicaid expansion, session preview

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Session preview: Delayed by cold, Indiana has gay marriage and taxes on tap

When the session does begin, one of the biggest headlines will be over whether lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  indiana, legislature, medicaid, medicaid expansion, same sex marriage, same-sex, session preview, tax, tax cuts, taxes

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/05/2014

Nearly 2,400 state lawmakers return to work this week

Sessions begin in 19 states.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Idaho, indiana, Legislation, legislature, legislatures, newsletter

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/22/2013

Half of Maryland’s tweeting lawmakers aren’t properly disclosing their accounts

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Maryland

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013

A California businessman wants to make the state legislature 100 times larger

His proposal would make the legislature the size of a small town—population 12,000.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ballot initiatives, California, leg, legislature, legislatures

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/20/2013

New Hampshire’s state legislature is nine times larger than Nebraska’s

All told, there are 7,383 state lawmakers in the country.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislature, legislatures, maps, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Pennsylvania’s House votes to shrink the Pennsylvania House

The last time a state shrank a legislative body was 2004.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:43 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, legislatures, Pennsylvania

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013

The California legislature’s approval is more than four times that of Congress

The California legislature’s approval rating has quadrupled from its 10 percent level in September 2010.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislature, legislatures, poll, polls

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Meet Mississippi’s youngest legislator, a college senior

Jeramey Anderson celebrates his 22nd birthday on Friday by being sworn into office.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, legislatures, Mississippi, People

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013

California lawmakers finalize gun control, immigration bills

A flurry of last-minute legislation will allow undocumented migrants to get state licenses.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:54 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, gun control, immigration, legislature, prisons, States