GovBeat: legislatures


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 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 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 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 11:00 AM ET, 11/07/2013

California lawmakers will take a $5,000 pay raise

After years of cuts, California lawmakers will accept a 5.3 percent pay increase.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legislatures, pay raise, salary, States

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/27/2013

The Midwest is home to nearly 40,000 local governments

All told, there were 90,106 state and local governments nationwide last year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Governments, legislatures

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Nearly half of the members of Congress are former state legislators

The odds are almost even that one of your federal representatives was once a local representative.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislatures

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 09/25/2013

In many state legislatures, it wouldn’t take much to make Ted Cruz stop talking

Cruz got us thinking: how are filibusters handled in the states?

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:05 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislatures

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013

How much are your legislators paid?

The vast majority of the 7,383 legislators around the country are paid well below a living wage.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislatures, paid, Rankings, salaries, States