Legislation

FILE - In this April 6, 2016, file photo, a sign at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., is shown to inform visitors of the federal government's REAL ID act, which requires state driver's licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they're legally in the United States. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign a measure Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that seeks to bring the state into compliance with federal identification requirements. Just 25 states and the District of Columbia are currently in compliance with the federal law, though most of the remaining states and territories have extensions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 16, 2017 - 3:38 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state likely won't have to worry next year about the identification they take to the airport after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Tuesday seeking to make the state one of more than two dozen in compliance with federal identification requirements...
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent announcement calling for a renewed crack down on criminals as "crazy' and "stupid" while speaking at the Sacramento Press Club, Monday, May 15, 2017,in Sacramento, Calif. Sessions said that federal prosecutors should file the toughest charges possible against most crime suspects, which critics say is a throwback to what they call a failed war on drugs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 15, 2017 - 9:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general and state lawmakers again moved Monday in the opposite direction from the Trump administration, this time on penalties for criminals. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra termed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' blanket call for harsher...
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May 15, 2017 - 8:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderate senators from the two major political parties have met to explore whether they can work together on bipartisan legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. Participants say they explored broad ideas and expected to meet again. Nearly a dozen Republican and...
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May 15, 2017 - 3:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain, a former Navy pilot who at 80 has had several health setbacks, gets his coverage from the Department of Veterans Affairs. House leaders, like Speaker Paul Ryan, get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as do many members of Congress...
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May 13, 2017 - 2:00 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The sister of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail following a confrontational traffic stop with a white state trooper, says it is "gut-wrenching" that lawmakers stripped police reforms from a bill named after her sibling and are now pushing a weakened...
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May 12, 2017 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A utilities group is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to sweep away rules governing the disposal of the poison-laden ash left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity. The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group filed a petition Friday asking EPA Administrator...
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FILE - In these photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. in a Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, and President Donald Trump, May 12, 2017. The relationship of Trump and McConnell is now at the center of the Washington crucible. As controversy swirls over Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, McConnell's moves will set the tone for how the rest of the Senate and Republican Party as a whole responds. (AP Photo)
May 12, 2017 - 4:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had just headlined a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was booed by home-state voters far more enamored with the president than with their longtime GOP senator. Now the two were flying back to Washington aboard Air Force...
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May 12, 2017 - 4:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The ruling this week by a Massachusetts judge erasing the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who took his life in prison, has angered the victim's family and roiled prosecutors. It has also raised questions about how the legal principle on...
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May 12, 2017 - 3:29 am
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Republican congressman who campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act is cautioning constituents that the House GOP replacement bill is just "a tweak of Obamacare." Two-term Iowa Republican Rod Blum indicates that the GOP bill would have gone further if he had his...
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May 11, 2017 - 4:38 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has again overridden a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, this one on legislation limiting civil awards for neighbors who sue hog and chicken operations because of displeasure from the smells nearby. The Senate completed the...
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