Newsom expands undocumented Medicaid. ‘We need to stop it,’ Trump responds

U.S. 07/01/19, 19:33

California's governor vowed on Monday to continue expanding taxpayer funded health benefits to adults living in the country illegally next year. President Donald Trump had a response. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $214.8 billion operating budget last week that includes spending to make low-income adults 25 and younger living in ...

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 to China. Black-clad protesters wearing hard hats and face masks smashed ...

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 — earlier this week to deny the majority Democrats enough votes ...

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 to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance where ...

Arkansas woman charged with murder in ex-senator’s killing

U.S. 06/17/19, 15:25

An Arkansas woman was charged Monday with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home. A judge also found probable cause to charge 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, Jonesboro television station KAIT ...

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 Lynn O'Donnell in connection with the death of former state ...

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 accused people to be sent to China for trial. Protestors run ...

Arkansas ex-lawmaker’s family saddened, angered by her death

U.S. 06/11/19, 12:47

The family of a former Arkansas lawmaker whose body was found at her home last week say they're saddened and angered by her death, and are confident authorities are using all their resources to solve her killing.Dozens of Arkansas lawmakers and others gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to ...

California becomes first state to agree to health benefits for illegal immigrants

U.S. 06/09/19, 21:56

California will become the first state to pay full health benefits for some adults living illegally in the country as the solidly liberal bastion continues to resist Republican President Donald Trump's administration's policies. Sunday afternoon Democrats in the state Legislature reached an agreement as part of a wider scheme to invest ...

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, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday."This is the largest appropriation for ...

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 before blocking the legislative doors. They were charged with disorderly ...

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 whether she will let it become law. Her office said ...

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 voted on by the entire state legislature. He says Friday's ...

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 illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los ...

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 evictions and cut red tape to build more housing reveal ...

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 Democrats won majorities in both legislative chambers, and it didn't ...

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 a related case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.The files ...

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 Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference, capped an intense three-week period ...

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 leaders said they will push for other changes outlined in ...

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