Group raises concerns over New Mexico’s landmark energy law

Enviroment 05/17/19, 18:14

Proponents of New Mexico's energy industry say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark legislation that set ambitious new renewable energy goals.In one email, state energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst asked a ...

1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws

U.S. 05/16/19, 23:12

A year after a high school mass shooting near Houston that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, Texas lawmakers are on the brink of going home without passing any new gun restrictions, or even tougher firearm storage laws that Gov. Greg Abbott backed after the tragedy.A Republican governor ...

California lawmakers block expansion of data privacy law

California 05/16/19, 19:57

California lawmakers blocked an effort Thursday to expand the state's sweeping new data privacy law, handing a victory the tech industry as it faces mounting scrutiny over how it collects, stores and sells consumers' information.The state that is home to Silicon Valley and tech giants such as Facebook passed the ...

Activists’ lawyers: Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws

U.S. 05/16/19, 13:34

Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff's attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain a defendant in the suit spearheaded by the ...

House GOP leader says Alabama abortion law goes too far

Politics 05/16/19, 13:15

The top House Republican says Alabama's new state law banning almost all abortions goes too far. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy says the law, which doesn't allow exceptions for abortions in cases of rape and incest, "goes further than I believe." McCarthy says he believes in "exceptions for rape, incest and life of ...

Hollywood’s big players stay quiet on Georgia abortion law

U.S. 05/16/19, 02:12

Georgia and Hollywood are worlds away from one another, physically and culturally, but irresistible tax incentives have turned the state into a filming powerhouse dubbed "Hollywood of the South." Productions as big as Marvel Studios' superhero blockbusters and shows like "Stranger Things" and "The Walking Dead" call the state home ...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

U.S. 05/15/19, 15:25

Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups' claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers during a lame-duck session last year, saying the Legislature can decide when it wants to meet.That lame-duck ...

Colorado activists call for pause in new oil, gas drilling

Enviroment 05/15/19, 13:45

Environmentalists and community activists asked Colorado regulators on Wednesday to stop issuing new oil and gas drilling permits until they rewrite the rules under a new law that makes public safety and the environment the state's top priorities.Just a month after the law took effect, some activists told the Colorado ...

Tenants rally in Albany as NY lawmakers mull rent safeguards

New York 05/14/19, 15:12

Tenants from around New York state gathered in Albany on Tuesday to push for stronger rental protections to address a shortage of affordable housing — a problem that they say is no longer confined to New York City.Organizers say more than 2,000 made the trip on Tuesday, a month before ...

Bills seek special consent for pelvic exams under anesthesia

Health 05/12/19, 07:28

Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities.The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation."It's pretty empowering to know this is something you can detect with a gloved hand instead ...

More ‘heartbeat’ abortion bans advancing in South, Midwest

U.S. 05/11/19, 14:17

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia — that ...

Florida governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

U.S. 05/08/19, 19:46

More Florida teachers will be eligible to carry guns in the classroom under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday that immediately implements recommendations from a commission formed after the Parkland high school mass shooting. DeSantis signed the bill in private and didn't issue a statement afterward. But he previously ...

Governor signs 4 bills aimed at improving maternity care

Health 05/08/19, 13:43

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed four bills into law Wednesday aimed at improving maternal health care, particularly lower-income residents using Medicaid.The first-term Democrat signed the measures alongside first lady Tammy Murphy, as well as a handful of lawmakers and other advocates at University Hospital in Newark.Murphy said the measures ...

Inslee signs mandate for carbon-free electricity by 2045

Enviroment 05/07/19, 18:21

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking a path to the White House on the message of climate change, signed a measure Tuesday that makes his state the fourth in the nation that has established a mandate to provide carbon-free electricity by a targeted date.The measure was among several environmental ...

Georgia governor signs restrictive ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

U.S. 05/07/19, 16:40

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Kemp, a Republican, said he approved the ...

Update: Georgia’s GOP Gov. Kemp signs early abortion ban

U.S. 05/07/19, 09:27

The Latest on the signing of an early abortion ban by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (all times local):10:20 a.m.Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they're pregnant.FILE - ...

APNewsBreak: Feds limited in prosecution of juvenile terror

Texas 05/06/19, 23:19

The Justice Department's ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws.The court's decision in a case unrelated to terrorism opened a loophole ...

States seek to cut off religious exemptions for vaccination

New York 05/06/19, 18:13

Connecticut's Attorney General gave state lawmakers the legal go-ahead Monday to pursue legislation that would prevent parents from exempting their children from vaccinations for religious reasons, a move that several states are considering amid a significant measles outbreak.The non-binding ruling from William Tong, a Democrat, was released the same day ...

Protesters chant ‘stop taking bribes’ in Pennsylvania House

U.S. 05/06/19, 16:14

Demonstrators chanted "stop taking bribes" and threw dollar bills from a balcony in Pennsylvania's House chamber Monday as part of a protest over state law that does not limit the value of gifts that lawmakers may accept from lobbyists and others.Capitol police officers led the demonstrators out shortly after they ...

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