State legislature

In this Friday, March 22, 2019 photo, marijuana buds are seen in prescription bottles after being sorted at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on a measure legalizing cannabis for Monday, March 25 though the outcome remains unclear. The votes come after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned on legalization, striking a contrast with his predecessor Republican Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
March 24, 2019 - 10:25 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since...
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FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2018 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter speaks as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams listens during a news conference to announce her rural health care plan, in Plains, Ga. Carter is now the longest-living president in American history. The 39th president on Friday, March 15, 2019, reached the age of 94 years, 172 days - one day beyond the lifespan of George H.W. Bush, who died in November. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
March 22, 2019 - 1:13 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history. Friday is the 172nd day...
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March 21, 2019 - 4:43 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the Democratic governor and attorney general's powers, brushing aside GOP lawmakers' concerns that the move leaves thousands of pages of statutes passed in so-called extraordinary...
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March 21, 2019 - 4:14 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Senate has chosen five current members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to serve another four years. Senators elected six candidates on Thursday from a list of seven. Newcomer Martin Holton III of Winston-Salem was elected along with...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019 file photograph, a Planned Parenthood supporter hosts an abortion rights button on her hat during a rally on the steps of the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Mississippi senators passed the final version of a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
March 21, 2019 - 2:14 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights called the measure "...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011 file photo, an American and Arkansas flag blow in the wind as snow falls in Fayetteville, Ark. An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state’s flag that currently represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor. (AP Photo/Beth Hall, File)
March 20, 2019 - 4:00 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state's flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor. The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas' flag,...
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March 20, 2019 - 12:25 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina faith leaders are showing their support for legislation to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana for individuals with terminal, debilitating medical conditions. A diverse group of clergy held a news conference Wednesday at the Statehouse in support of the...
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March 19, 2019 - 3:56 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The veteran political activist who runs the North Carolina Democratic Party's day-to-day operations is leaving after nearly four years on the job. Party Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds announced Tuesday she would step down April 1. She said she'll stick around as a senior...
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In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 photo, Belinda Lau, manager of the Wiki Wiki Drive Inn takeout restaurant in Honolulu, sprinkles cheese on an order of spaghetti in a styrofoam container. Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics used at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii would be the first to bar them statewide. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
March 19, 2019 - 3:47 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities nationwide have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure targeting fast-food and full-service...
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March 18, 2019 - 7:59 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers want more severe punishments for breaking into a building to steal drugs from a pharmacy. The state Senate voted Monday evening to create a new crime of breaking or entering into a pharmacy with the intent to steal controlled substances. Supporters...
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