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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cuomo, Senate leader trade barbs as NY session end nears

New York 05/29/19, 14:46

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking aim at fellow Democrats in the state Legislature, saying they're dragging their feet on the legalization of marijuana and other priorities as the legislative session winds down.Cuomo said on public radio Wednesday that with only a few weeks left, Democrats aren't accomplishing as ...

Climate activists call for action in Latin America

Enviroment 05/24/19, 13:58

Climate change activists in Latin America rallied for action on global warming Friday, heeding a call by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to hold demonstrations across the world.In Rio de Janeiro, a small group of students gathered outside the state legislature to deliver a letter dated from the future in which ...

Legislature approves bill banning undetectable firearms

New York 05/21/19, 19:43

Making, selling, transporting or possessing 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms would be banned in New York under legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.The Assembly passed the bill Monday, five days after the legislation was approved by the Senate.The measure would ban all firearms whose components can't be detected ...

Illness fears thwart NJ oyster colonies that would aid water

Enviroment 05/16/19, 16:22

The fear of poachers stealing oysters from polluted waters and making consumers sick has long thwarted efforts to grow them in New Jersey and use their natural ability to filter and improve water quality.A proposed remedy could actually make matters even worse by removing state oversight and potentially causing the ...

Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks

U.S. 05/16/19, 05:11

Missouri's Republican-led Senate has now passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks. Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday, May 16, with just hours left before a Friday deadline to pass bills. It needs at least one more vote for approval in the GOP-led House before it can go ...

Lawmakers target spouses who drug, rape their partners

U.S. 05/04/19, 06:51

Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex.Three and a half centuries later, vestiges ...

Wash. Legislature finishes session: What passed, what died

Health 04/29/19, 18:11

The Washington state Legislature adjourned at midnight Sunday, avoiding overtime and ending a 105-day legislative session that saw bills signed on high-profile issues and a whirlwind finish that raised questions about transparency.Entering their second year in full control of state government, Democrats enacted changes to laws touching everyday life across ...

NY Gov. Cuomo signs offshore drilling ban into law

New York 04/29/19, 16:51

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a new ban on drilling for oil and gas off the New York coast. The Democrat was joined by musician Billy Joel for a bill signing Monday on Long Island. Members of the Democrat-led state Legislature passed the ban earlier this year following the Trump ...

More states aim to knock air out of festive balloon launches

U.S. 04/28/19, 07:16

The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states.Critics say the helium-filled balloons pollute the environment, and threaten birds and other wildlife when they fall to earth."People don't really realize that it's littering. That's why we ...

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

Politics 04/25/19, 15:25

A three-judge federal panel ruled Thursday that Michigan's congressional and legislative maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan gain, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election. The decision also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled. It ...

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuel

Business 04/25/19, 09:34

When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy.Four years later, ...

sources: Ex-Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to rule out 2020 run

Politics 04/17/19, 18:33

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with calls he made Wednesday to allies. McAuliffe had flirted with a Democratic presidential run for months, popping up in early voting states late last year and campaigning with candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire, ...

Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners

Business 04/12/19, 16:07

A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine ...

APNewsBreak: Forced congressional election to top $1.2M

U.S. 03/29/19, 13:26

The new election in a North Carolina congressional district required after last year's contest was deemed tainted by a Republican political operative's ballot collection efforts is expected to cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million.The state elections board said Friday the 9th congressional district contest now headed toward a 10-candidate Republican ...

Some lawmakers worry about allowing sports bets on phones

Sports 03/17/19, 08:16

For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it?As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the bets — like almost everything else in ...

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