Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes

U.S. 04/02/19, 15:56

State lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates and rapper Meek Mill joined forces Tuesday to push for an overhaul of Pennsylvania's probation system.House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris said at an event in downtown Philadelphia that he will soon introduce a bill designed to put fewer people on parole and for shorter ...

Pittsburgh approves gun control bills; lawsuits expected

U.S. 04/02/19, 10:27

The Pittsburgh City Council has given final approval to gun restrictions proposed after last year's synagogue massacre.The legislation places restrictions on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle that authorities say was used in the Oct. 27 rampage at Tree of Life Synagogue that killed 11 and wounded seven.It also ...

New Mexico lays regulatory groundwork for hemp production

Health 04/01/19, 23:45

Legislation that clears the way for the industrial production of hemp and related products in New Mexico has been signed into law.Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday signed a bill that establishes a state regulatory framework for an emerging hemp industry.State oversight responsibilities are spread across the New Mexico ...

New Zealand initiates bill to ban guns used in mosque attack

World 04/01/19, 01:36

New Zealand's government on Monday introduced a bill it plans to rush into law that would ban the types of weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques.Police Minister Stuart Nash said that if lawmakers pass the bill as expected, the new law will take effect April ...

Proposed Hong Kong extradition law changes spark concerns

World 03/31/19, 05:29

Business and human rights groups are expressing concern over proposed changes to Hong Kong's extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China, where they could be subject to torture and unfair prosecution.They say the move would harm the Asian financial hub's attractiveness to international business.Hong Kong ...

Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban poised for approval in NY

New York 03/30/19, 10:46

New tolls to drive into parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags are two of the biggest proposals poised for approval as New York state lawmakers work to pass a new state budget before a Monday deadline. Other measures expected to be included in the $175 billion ...

Michigan governor halts Great Lakes pipeline tunnel project

Business 03/28/19, 18:52

A law that Michigan's Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional, the state's Democratic attorney general said Thursday.Shortly after Dana Nessel issued her first legal opinion since taking office in ...

Top firms decry religious exemption bills proposed in Texas

Business 03/27/19, 18:16

Some of the world's biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is discriminatory, two years after Apple, Facebook and other Fortune 500 companies banded together with gay rights activists in defeating the state's "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.The corporate giants, which also include ...

Update: Irrigation district opposes draft drought bill

Enviroment 03/27/19, 17:06

The Latest on a Colorado River drought plan (all times local):3 p.m.A California irrigation district that has the largest entitlement to Colorado River water says it doesn't support proposed federal legislation to implement a multi-state drought plan.FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina ...

Inmates deemed ‘dead’ using century-old law in Rhode Island

U.S. 03/27/19, 15:55

Rhode Island is one of the few places where people can still be punished with "civil death" and civil rights advocates want the century-old practice to stop.Inmates serving life in prison are deemed dead, by Rhode Island statute, with respect to property rights, the bond of matrimony and other civil ...

Pittsburgh City Council moves to restrict guns after attack

U.S. 03/27/19, 12:42

The Pittsburgh City Council gave initial approval Wednesday to gun-control legislation introduced in wake of the 2018 synagogue massacre, an effort certain to be challenged in court by Second Amendment advocates who point out that state law doesn't allow municipalities to regulate firearms.The legislation would place restrictions on military-style assault ...

Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

U.S. 03/22/19, 19:35

Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately reinstate GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, sparking a flurry of legal maneuvering as both sides jockeyed for position before the court makes a decision. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued an ...

Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

Politics 03/21/19, 12:47

A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess brushed aside GOP concerns that ...

House panel approves school bill allowing arming of teachers

U.S. 03/21/19, 12:18

A Florida House committee voted Thursday for a broad school safety bill that would expand an existing guardian program to allow classroom teachers to volunteer to carry weapons on campus if local school boards approve.The Republican-led legislation adopted 11-5 along party lines by the House Education Committee builds on a ...

Mississippi Senate OKs ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat

U.S. 03/19/19, 17:32

Mississippi senators on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.Republican Gov. Phil Bryant promises he will sign the bill , which will give Mississippi one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws. ...

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

U.S. 03/18/19, 00:58

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. In a case with national implications for voting rights, Kansas faces an uphill battle to resurrect the law ...

7 tax changes investors should watch for as they file

Business 03/15/19, 10:57

Americans will face a slew of new rules during the first tax-filing season with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in effect.Here's what changed for investors:1. NO DEDUCTION FOR INVESTMENT EXPENSESFor taxpayers who itemize, the 2 percent miscellaneous itemized deduction was a handy catchall bucket for expenses such ...

Georgia Senate committee hears testimony on abortion bill

U.S. 03/14/19, 20:05

A Georgia Senate committee listened to emotional testimony Thursday over a proposal that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The committee did not take a vote.Women in Georgia can currently seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. A heartbeat is generally ...

Legislature passes halfway mark, key deadline

Health 03/14/19, 19:18

Washington lawmakers are now more than halfway through a 105-day legislative session that has so far included debate over a public health insurance option, raising the smoking age, tightening rules on school vaccination exemptions and a plastic bag ban, among other proposals.A key deadline also passed Wednesday, by which time ...

Amid crisis, Cuba plans revamp of state and legal system

America 03/13/19, 23:39

In the midst of a regional crisis over Venezuela and tough economic straits, the Cuban government is about to launch a sweeping makeover of its centrally planned, single-party system with dozens of new laws that could reshape everything from criminal justice to the market economy. Nearly a year of debate and ...

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