Legislation

The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the NC NAACP, crumples up a mailer that tells voters IDs are needed in the upcoming 2020 election during a press conference outside the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The press conference was held after a federal judge in North Carolina said Thursday she would block the NC voter ID law, at least temporarily, as a lawsuit against the state continues. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 8:47 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The federal judge who blocked the newest version of North Carolina's voter identification law cited the state's "sordid history of racial discrimination and voter suppression" as she ordered officials not to enforce the law in 2020. U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs'...
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Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx looks on as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a press conference in Chicago after Foxx filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 1:55 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state's new marijuana legalization law. The expungement process is a key part of the law,...
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In this Monday, July 29, 2019, photo, a passerby uses a mobile phone while entering a subway station, in Boston. An anti-robocalls measure signed into law late Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 31, 2019 - 10:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. The new law gives authorities more enforcement...
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Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) speaks during a televised policy debate in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Taiwan will hold its general elections on Jan. 11, 2020. (Pool Photo via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 2:59 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's legislature on Tuesday passed a law aimed at blocking political interference from China, less than two weeks before presidential and legislative elections. The approval of the the Anti-Infiltration Law follows accusations that China is strongly backing candidates from...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, dozens of supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the law set to take effect Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, violates federal and state constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 30, 2019 - 11:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-share company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates sued Monday to block a broad new California law aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. The lawsuit filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles argues that the...
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FILE — In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a measure, to take effect in 2020, making it harder for industries to treat workers like contractors instead of employees who are entitled to minimum wage and other benefits. Uber, Lyft and DoorDash have said they'll spend $30 million to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot to overturn the law. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 29, 2019 - 11:41 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s long tradition of advancing nation-leading legislation continues into the new year, with laws reining in the gig economy, boosting online privacy and discouraging shootings by police, among other potential trend-setters. The laws have sent businesses including...
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In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, photo, Neda Deylami poses for a portrait while charging her electric vehicle at a Chicago area grocery store. Owners of electric vehicles in a number of states will start seeing fees to pay for road repairs in the new year. At least eight states will begin charging new or higher registration fees Wednesday, Dec. 25, for electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. "It's kind of a blanket penalty for anyone who chooses to go electric," said Deylami, a Tesla owner who founded Chicago for EVs, a group that advocates for electric vehicles. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
December 29, 2019 - 10:31 am
The new year will bring new charges for some owners of electric vehicles, as an increasing number of states seek to plug in to fresh revenue sources to offset forgone gas taxes. In Hawaii, the charge will be $50. In Kansas, $100. In Alabama and Ohio, $200. New or higher registration fees go into...
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Police officers carry a pro-Serb opposition lawmaker in the parliament building in Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Serbian Orthodox Church says the law will strip it of its property, including medieval monasteries and churches. The government has denied that. Montenegro's parliament adopted a contested law on religious rights after chaotic scenes in the assembly that resulted in the detention of all pro-Serb opposition lawmakers. (AP Photo)
December 28, 2019 - 6:53 am
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegrin court early Saturday released from detention three pro-Serb opposition lawmakers who were jailed following turmoil in parliament over the vote on a contested church property law. Trying to prevent the bill's approval, the three hurled what appeared to be a...
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FILE - This Aug. 28, 2017 file photo shows cigarettes displayed on a store shelf in New York. With a new law enacted in December 2019, anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the U.S. It also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 27, 2019 - 3:59 pm
Anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the U.S. The new law enacted last week by Congress also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine. The provision raising the legal limit from 18 to 21...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 Dennis Gaddy, the co-founder of Community Success Initiative is seen in the Raleigh, N.C. office. Gaddy, 62, served time behind bars and said he was unable to vote for seven years after being released from prison because he was on probation. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
December 27, 2019 - 11:23 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law that prohibits convicted felons from voting until their full sentence is completed — not just their prison time — is being challenged in court with arguments that were successfully used in recent election-related litigation. Three groups that help ex-...
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