Legislation

Jenny Teeson, center in white, of Andover, Minnesota, looks on as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill at the Capitol in St. Paul, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing sexual assault charges against people accused of raping their spouse. Teeson, testified before legislative committees earlier this year about how her now ex-husband drugged her and made a video of himself raping her while she was unconscious. Prosecutors dropped rape charges because of the old law, and he served just 30 days in jail for invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
May 04, 2019 - 3:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex. Three and a...
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May 04, 2019 - 10:27 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A group representing immigrants in North Carolina is worried about state legislation it says threatens the safety of people who are in the country unlawfully. People associated with Greensboro-based Siembra NC are holding a march in Raleigh on Saturday that will end at the...
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Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, right, confers with Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa as the senate debates on a felons voting rights bill which they sponsor during session Thursday May 2, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
May 03, 2019 - 7:53 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that would implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The bill, though, caused outrage among...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, Jerry Lee Lewis performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, La. A federal judge has dismissed most of a lawsuit in which rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis alleged a daughter had stolen from him. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers threw out a large number of claims on April 25, finding they were barred by the statute of limitations. The ruling leaves alive only claims by Lewis’ son and current wife that they were defamed by comments the daughter’s husband published online. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP, File)
May 03, 2019 - 7:09 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed most of a lawsuit in which rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis alleged a daughter had stolen money from him. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers ruled April 25 that most claims were barred by a three-year statute of limitations. He...
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May 03, 2019 - 6:40 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is the first state in 2019 to authorize sports betting. Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill Friday for the Montana State Lottery to oversee wagering on sports through kiosks and mobile devices. Sports betting is happening in eight other states, six of which authorized it...
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May 03, 2019 - 11:24 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation originally designed to prohibit hand-held cellphones while driving in North Carolina nearly sank after a rewrite because lawmakers worried it would punish people who eat or put on makeup behind the wheel. Insurance and automobile safety groups unveiled the "hands...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 03, 2019 - 6:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advancing his anti-abortion agenda, President Donald Trump moved Thursday to protect health care workers who object to procedures like abortion on moral or religious grounds. Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce the new regulation. "Just today we finalized new...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee takes part in a walk-through for his inauguration in War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee has signed legislation that would likely make Tennessee the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms. It drew an immediate federal lawsuit. Tennessee's NAACP chapter and other voter registration groups sued after Lee signed the bill Thursday, May 2, 2019 backed by Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett. Groups submitting 100-plus incomplete registrations over a year could be fined. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
May 02, 2019 - 10:45 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor signed GOP-backed legislation Thursday that would likely make his state the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms, prompting a federal lawsuit and protests by critics who said it would suppress efforts to...
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May 02, 2019 - 7:57 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new option for utilities operating in North Carolina to have their electricity rates set for multiple years at once rather than annually has cleared the state Senate. The 27-21 vote on Thursday marked another round in a political fight between bill supporter Duke Energy Corp...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Liz Adeola sings a song at Heart & Seoul Karaoke in Salt Lake City. The state liquor commission said Tuesday, April 30 that beer will not be allowed at the Salt Lake City karaoke business or an Ogden ax-throwing venue because neither fits the definition of a "recreational amenity," under a law that takes effect in mid-May. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
May 02, 2019 - 6:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At least one lawmaker thinks people should have beer with their karaoke — even in conservative Utah. A new liquor law in the state has come under scrutiny by legislators and business owners after beer licenses were denied to a karaoke lounge and an ax-throwing venue...
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