Legislation

May 24, 2017 - 3:29 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise. Scott said he was sending the bill back with suggestions for...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Ways and Means hearing on Treasury Department's fiscal 2018 budget proposals. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 24, 2017 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Wednesday that they should vote to increase the government's borrowing authority — and avert a disastrous economic default — before their August recess. The timeline is earlier than previous estimates. It had been expected that...
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May 24, 2017 - 6:30 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies. In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the...
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May 23, 2017 - 10:28 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A weakened Texas voter ID law moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on Tuesday with the state House approving legislation that waters down an original version that a judge compared to a "poll tax" and ruled had intentionally discriminated against minorities...
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May 23, 2017 - 8:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to slash food stamps by a third will be a hard sell in Congress, even as Republicans have tried repeatedly to scale back the program's $70 billion annual cost. Democrats will oppose any changes to the program, which is designed as a temporary...
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May 23, 2017 - 1:29 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators approved legislation to keep state government running if legislators can't agree on a budget before the fiscal year starts. The Senate approved the continuing resolution 40-0 Tuesday without debate. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman says it's "...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, flowers, teddy bears and inspirational posters line a room at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson, Ariz. The items were left at the scene of the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson that left several dead and over a dozen wounded. Survivors of the Tucson mass shooting that left former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded are pleading with the public to help pay for a long-planned memorial after state funding fell through during this year's Legislative session. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, File)
May 23, 2017 - 3:12 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Survivors of the mass shooting that left former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded are pleading with the public to help pay for a long-planned memorial after state funding fell through during this year's session of the Arizona Legislature. The Jan. 8, 2011, shooting at a...
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May 22, 2017 - 6:14 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's upcoming departure to Beijing marks the end of a career in state politics that spans several decades. As the longest-serving governor in the U.S. at more than 22 years, Branstad oversaw Iowa throughout the farm crisis of the 1980s that...
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May 22, 2017 - 3:53 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to pass a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by last November's arrest of a then-real-estate agent accused of killing seven people. The law signed Friday requires real estate agents,...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas - though it may only apply to public schools. Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
May 22, 2017 - 7:20 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the...
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