Senate News

Roy Moore Defamation Lawsuit Against Accusers is Paused

MONTGOMERY, Ala. –_ A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on …

Senate Leaders Seek to Pass Bill to Avert Coastal Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

Senate leaders are seeking agreement to quickly pass a House flood insurance bill to avert steep premium increases for property owners in coastal states such as Florida, Louisiana and New Jersey, Senate aides said. The House passed the measure, H.R. …

Concussion Policy Bill Will Be Heard in Tennessee Senate

As the nation continues to debate increasing safety in contact sports, Tennessee lawmakers are looking at legislation that would require schools and other organizations conducting youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies. The measure is scheduled to be heard in …

Iowa Senate Considers Tougher Texting While Driving Bill

Senate lawmakers are considering a bill that toughens Iowa’s restrictions against texting while driving. A subcommittee debated the legislation Tuesday. Under the bill, distracted driving – including texting on a mobile phone – would become an offense that police could …

Senate Republicans Aim to Cut Sandy Aid Bill Down to $24B

U.S. Senate Republicans sought to slash a $60.4 billion aid bill to cover reconstruction after Superstorm Sandy, proposing on Wednesday to fund only $23.8 billion in immediate disaster relief while assessing longer-term needs. The far smaller initial amount is one …

Senate Takes Up $60B Sandy Bill Amid Charges of Waste

The U.S. Senate on Monday began debating a $60.4 billion aid bill to rebuild communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy amid criticism by conservative groups who said the measure was loaded with wasteful, non-disaster spending. The Democratic-controlled Senate is looking to …

Pa. Senate Approves Red-light Cameras in 19 Cities

A bill that would authorize 19 of Pennsylvania’s most-populated cities to install red-light cameras in an effort to improve traffic safety won approval from the state Senate on Tuesday. Senators voted 35-14 to send the bill to the state House …

Oklahoma Lawmakers Examine Issues Facing Rural Fire Departments

Members of the Oklahoma Senate Interim Study on Rural Fire Departments met recently to discuss issues regarding rural fire defense. Sen. Mark Allen said the Interim Study was requested to give Senate members a better understanding of the needs and …

Senate Aide: FEMA Money to Last Two Days Longer

A Senate aide says the government’s disaster aid fund has enough money to last until Thursday, two days longer than earlier predicted. The change might point the way out of a standoff that is holding up passage of legislation to …

House Disaster Vote Sets Up Showdown with Senate

The GOP-controlled House is on track to pass $3.7 billion in disaster relief as part of a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month. House passage of the bill Wednesday would come over the …