Protests escalate as Hong Kong marks handover to China

World 07/01/19, 06:43

Frustration among protesters in Hong Kong boiled over Monday, with one group attacking the legislative building and tens of thousands of others marching through the city to demand expanded democracy on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's return ...

Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout

U.S. 06/21/19, 23:12

The Oregon Capitol will be closed Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on. Republican state senators fled the Legislature — and some, the state — ...

Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoes 4 abortion bills

U.S. 06/21/19, 15:45

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, following through with his promise to stop the measures from becoming law. One bill Evers vetoed would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who fail ...

Police: Arkansas woman arrested in ex-lawmaker’s death

U.S. 06/14/19, 21:02

Authorities on Friday night said they've arrested an Arkansas woman in connection with the killing of a former state senator who was found dead outside her own home.Arkansas State Police said they and Randolph County sheriff's deputies arrested 48-year-old Rebecca ...

Update: Crowd blocks Hong Kong HQ trying to halt bill

World 06/11/19, 21:43

Latest on the debate around Hong Kong extradition legislation (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong's legislature and government headquarters in a bid to block debate on a highly controversial extradition bill that would allow ...

Hawaii budget includes $13M for Waikiki Beach restoration

U.S. 06/09/19, 21:48

The state budget passed by the Hawaii Legislature includes funding for repairs at Waikiki Beach, officials said.The legislature approved about $13 million for improvements to the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall and other man-made structures at the state's most visited beach, ...

61 arrested at tenant protection protest at NY state Capitol

U.S. 06/04/19, 17:28

Sixty-one people have been arrested after protesters frustrated by the slow movement of proposals to strengthen tenant protections blocked access to the Senate and Assembly chambers in the New York state Capitol.The group marched through the Capitol chanting protests Tuesday ...

Maine legislators OK assisted suicide; bill goes to governor

U.S. 06/04/19, 12:33

The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate.The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has not indicated ...

Update: Northam says lawmakers must be second responders

U.S. 06/04/19, 10:00

The Latest on plans by Virginia's governor to call a special legislative session on gun control (all times local):10:30 p.m.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for a special legislative session on gun control and is insisting that his proposals be ...

NY could become first state to ban cat declawing

U.S. 06/04/19, 04:41

New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation heading to a vote in the state Legislature.The Senate and Assembly are both expected to take up the bill on Tuesday.Declawing a cat is already ...

California has housing crisis, Legislature has no fix yet

U.S. 06/02/19, 12:17

Crisis. Emergency. California lawmakers are describing the state's housing crunch in dire terms.But few seem to agree on what to do about it.The political wrangling over the last few weeks around bills to cap rent increases, set new rules for ...

Voter surge in 2018 prompts voting reforms, restrictions

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:00

New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature.That dynamic changed last November, when ...

Census citizenship question could transform state elections

U.S. 05/31/19, 15:04

Computer files discovered in the home of a Republican operative who died last year contain a blueprint for how the GOP could extend its domination of legislatures in states where growing Latino populations favor Democrats and offer compelling context about ...

Michigan governor signs overhaul to cut high auto premiums

Health 05/30/19, 11:55

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed a "historic" overhaul of Michigan's car insurance system that, beginning in 13 months, will let drivers choose their medical coverage instead of them being required to buy unlimited benefits.Her signature, delivered at the Detroit ...

California leaders won’t change utilities’ liability for now

U.S. 05/29/19, 21:15

A California commission set up to study wildfire issues recommended Wednesday that the state change a liability standard imperiling major utilities, but Democratic leaders immediately said they won't tackle the hot-button topic for now.Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature's two ...

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