Legislative Branch

An Oregon Senate committee is considering punishing the senator after he threatened state police and a colleague with violence over a climate change bill.
After disappearing for nine days, Oregon's Republican state senators returned to work.
It's the first time a state has legalized the commercial sale of cannabis through the legislature.
The GOP lawmakers are on the lam to sabotage a vote on a historic bill to combat climate change.
The comedian had blasted lawmakers who skipped a hearing on the bill to maintain aid for first responders.
The move continues to stake California’s position as a bulwark against Trump's policies.
H.R. 1 passed the House in March. But Majority Leader McConnell refuses to allow a Senate vote on it.
The legislation comes amid a series of anti-abortion measures moving forward in other states.
The measure would effectively permit businesses to be openly anti-LGBTQ without fear of retaliation.
The bill faces long odds in the Senate and would almost certainly be vetoed by President Trump.
Utah and Colorado pass the first-ever bills aimed at making it easier for parents to run for office.
So much for checks and balances.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a proposal Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana statewide for people 21 and over by Jan. 1, 2020.
The rejection of oversight is the latest and perhaps most high-profile example of the new normal in the Trump era.
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed a law repealing protections for rapists who are married to their victims.
The ruling stems from an ongoing battle over legislation that GOP lawmakers and Republican Gov. Scott Walker passed during a lame-duck session.
Democrats are talking about the power of "inherent contempt," which theoretically would allow them to jail administrative officials.
Critics say the legislation amounts to a poll tax and violates a constitutional amendment that voters overwhelmingly approved in November to allow people with felonies to vote.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's signature makes Ohio the fifth state to ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat.
House Bill 896 aims to criminalize all abortions and defines the procedure as homicide, which is punishable by death in Texas.