Fetal heartbeat: New abortion-related fight in Kentucky

U.S. 01/09/19, 17:39

Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. As a new legislative session opens, the measure appeared to be on a fast track in the Republican-dominated state Senate. The American ...

Small business tax deduction has CPAs scratching their heads

Business 01/09/19, 12:43

Millions of small business owners will be in uncharted waters this income tax filing season as they try to determine if they qualify for a deduction that could exempt a-fifth of their income from taxes.Five months after the IRS issued guidelines to help business owners and tax advisers understand how ...

Hungary: Unions call for strike, protests over labor law

Europe 01/05/19, 14:57

Union leaders in Hungary called on Saturday for a national strike and protests on Jan. 19 to oppose labor code changes they see as a "slave law" harmful to workers.A crowd of at least 10,000 people gathered outside the Hungarian parliament building to protest a law approved in December that ...

Dem-led House moves to join health care law case

Politics 01/04/19, 13:58

The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending former President Barack Obama's health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional, part of the party's effort to use the issue to embarrass Republicans. The House has filed papers seeking to intervene in the case, Democrats announced Friday, ...

Federal sentencing overhaul leads to Tennessee man’s release

U.S. 01/03/19, 21:22

A Tennessee man will be one of the first prisoners to be released under a sweeping criminal justice reform law recently signed by President Donald Trump thanks to a federal judge's ruling on Thursday. Matthew Charles received national attention in 2018 after being re-sentenced and ordered back to prison two years ...

Update: Holcomb says he’ll push hard for hate crimes law

Business 01/03/19, 15:07

The Latest on the first day of Indiana's 2019 legislative session (all times local):3 p.m.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he'll be very involved in pushing legislators to adopt a hate crimes law for the state.The Republican governor told reporters just before state lawmakers gathered Thursday to start their 2019 session ...

Indiana lawmakers facing tight budget, hate crimes debate

Sports 01/02/19, 14:36

Indiana lawmakers could struggle to give more than minimal funding increases to public schools in the new state budget that will emerge from this year's legislative session.Members of the General Assembly will return Thursday to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for a session expected to last until late April.Republicans are entering ...

Expect 2019 to be quiet in Congress _ for small business

Business 01/02/19, 12:29

Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations. Even after lawmakers deal with the partial government shutdown, a Democratic House, a Republican Senate and ongoing investigations of the Trump White House and campaign are ...

2019 means puffing on beaches goes up in smoke in New Jersey

Health 12/31/18, 11:26

A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into effect in the new year in New Jersey.There are about two dozen new laws taking effect ...

Utah gears up to implement nation’s lowest DUI limit

U.S. 12/28/18, 11:44

New Year's Eve revelers in Utah could find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns. If they drink and drive, they could end up on the wrong side of the nation's newest and lowest DUI threshold.The 0.05 percent limit goes into effect Sunday, despite protests that it will ...

Heartbeat abortion bill veto survives day of Ohio overrides

U.S. 12/27/18, 15:44

Statehouse Republicans in Ohio came up a single vote shy Thursday of reversing a same-party governor's veto and imposing one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.The outcome marked a victory for outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich, a prospective 2020 presidential contender who has vetoed the so-called heartbeat ...

Michigan GOP lawmakers pass bills before Dem governor starts

U.S. 12/21/18, 10:10

Michigan Republicans voted early Friday to toughen rules for ballot drives and to give themselves the authority to intervene in court cases, capping a contentious post-election legislative session that critics blasted as diluting the power of voters and incoming Democratic officeholders.The GOP-controlled Legislature sent the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder ...

Hungary*s president signs into law disputed new labor rules

Europe 12/20/18, 11:11

Hungary*s president says he has signed into law disputed amendments to labor rules which greatly increase overtime hours employers can request from workers.President Janos Ader said Thursday in a statement that he had examined the law approved last week in Parliament and found it in-line with Hungary*s constitution and European ...

Missouri governor wants law for online sales tax collections

Business 12/18/18, 17:21

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday that he wants to enact a law enabling the state to collect millions of dollars of new tax revenue from out-of-state retailers who sell things to Missouri residents.The new online sales tax provision will be part of Parson's agenda for the legislative session that ...

Hungary: Opposition vows renewed protests after holiday lull

Europe 12/18/18, 15:07

Street demonstrations against recent labor law changes in Hungary appeared to wane on their sixth day, but opposition lawmakers are vowing to pursue legal and parliamentary means to thwart the government while allowing for a lull over the Christmas holidays.About 150 to 200 people assembled outside the Hungarian parliament building ...

Sentencing bill splits conservatives but expected to pass

Politics 12/17/18, 15:13

Legislation to ease federal sentencing laws is pitting conservatives against each other as President Donald Trump looks to score a major legislative win before the end of the year. The Senate is expected to advance the bill Monday. Final passage would come later in the week, but not until the chamber ...

After judge’s ruling against Obamacare, what happens now?

Business 12/17/18, 14:15

A federal judge's ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court. Judge Reed O'Connor's opinion was issued late Friday and supporters of the law vowed to appeal and take other steps to ...

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

U.S. 12/14/18, 15:51

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan's minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful.To prevent minimum wage and earned sick time initiatives from going to voters last month, ...

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

Politics 12/13/18, 11:18

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems, a victory for teachers who shut down schools across the state to protest the law earlier this year. Public pension systems across the country are in trouble as workers ...

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