Legislation

March 12, 2019 - 6:06 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Surfacing legislation would essentially delay requiring photo identification to vote in North Carolina until the 2020 elections, because of concerns about the deadlines to finalize ID rules and as previously unscheduled congressional elections approach. Senate Republicans filed...
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In this Thursday, March 7, 2019 photo, New Mexico state Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque, right, rallies support for a bill to authorize recreational marijuana consumption and sales through state-owned stores in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana when its House approved a bill that would allow state-run stores and require customers to carry a receipt with their cannabis or face penalties. The measure, narrowly approved Thursday, March 7, 2019, following a late-night floor debate, mixes major provisions of a Republican-backed Senate bill that emphasizes aggressive regulation with a draft by Democrats concerned about the U.S. war on drugs. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
March 12, 2019 - 1:34 am
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational...
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In this Feb. 10, 2019, file photo Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., talks with Deanna Miller Berry in Denmark, S.C. Several Democratic presidential candidates are trying to make a play for rural voters. Booker has traveled to small towns in South Carolina and New Hampshire and told voters that he hears some of the same concerns from them that he hears in his hometown of Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow
March 11, 2019 - 6:39 am
DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — Deanna Miller Berry doesn't often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. "What is your plan to fix it?" Berry asked, her eyes narrowed. Booker...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2019 file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, in Las Vegas. A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift. Harris says it's the "smart thing to do." (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
March 09, 2019 - 6:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A growing list of Democratic presidential contenders want the U.S. government to legalize marijuana, reflecting a nationwide shift as more Americans look favorably on cannabis. Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the "smart thing to do," says California Sen. Kamala...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks to local residents Friday, March 8, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 08, 2019 - 9:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Friday rolled out a proposal to break up the biggest U.S. technology companies, saying they have too much control over the economy and Americans' lives. In her pitch to rein in the influence of tech giants, the Massachusetts...
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Dr. Carl Ericksson, left, a pediatric critical care doctor, and Dr. Judith Guzman-Cottrill, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, right, both of Oregon Health & Science University's Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Ore., discuss the case of a 6-year-old unvaccinated Oregon boy who almost died of tetanus, at a news conference Friday, March 8, 2019. The doctor's case study was published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Friday. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
March 08, 2019 - 9:19 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The...
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In this Jan., 7, 2019, photo, Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R - Clearfield, speaks during the Utah Taxpayers Association 2019 legislative outlook conference, in Salt Lake City. A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn't stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week. Lisonbee sponsored the changes and insisted she was looking for a compromise that would still protect LGBTQ kids. But activists say some of her Facebook comments revealed by The Associated Press indicate that she supports the debunked practice. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 08, 2019 - 8:23 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it wouldn't stand in the way, but the effort ground to a halt this week. Conversion therapy has a long...
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Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, sitting right, signs a bill into law that expands background checks to nearly all gun sales in New Mexico in a ceremony in in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, March 8, 2019. Gun control advocates celebrate, including Democratic state Sen. Richard Martinez of Espanola, left, foreground. Gov. Lujan Grisham signed a bill Friday to drastically expand mandatory background checks on firearms sales in New Mexico, as she shot down opposition against the measure and other proposed gun reforms as being part of a national "misinformation campaign." (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
March 08, 2019 - 7:34 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill Friday to drastically expand mandatory background checks on firearms sales in New Mexico, as she shot down opposition against the measure and other proposed gun reforms as being part of a national "misinformation campaign." The...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018, file photo, employees walk through a lobby at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. Many of Amazon’s Seattle-area employees will likely be exempt from new proposed labor protections after a push by the tech giant’s lobbyists to raise the salary threshold at which the rules would kick in. The changes would partially prohibit so-called non-compete clauses, agreements widely used by tech companies and others to prohibit employees from going to work for competitors. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 08, 2019 - 7:26 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Many of Amazon's Seattle-area employees would be exempt from new labor protections in a bill passed by the state Senate after lobbyists for the tech giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules. The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses —...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats rally ahead of passage of H.R. 1, "The For the People Act," at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the bill's sponsor, stands behind Pelosi at left. The bill aims to expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 08, 2019 - 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and strengthen ethics standards. But the leader of Republican-run Senate has pledged it will not come up for a vote and...
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