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Stories with subject: Legislation
  • new storyCongress sends NSA phone-records bill to president story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands.

  • new story'Restricted' NC driving permit for immigrants still intact 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:41 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Legislation allowing North Carolina residents living illegally in the U.S. to obtain driver's permits is still intact at the General Assembly, although its future is uncertain.

  • new storyNew Hampshire governor blocks baby pictures on beer bottles 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:25 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Sorry, baby, your picture isn't going to be on the front of any beer bottles in New Hampshire.

  • new storyCalifornia considers health coverage for immigrant kids 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:14 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children who are in the country illegally and seek federal authorization to sell private insurance to immigrants without documentation.

  • new storyLawmakers hear testimony on Ohio police training changes 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:08 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio would boost the amount of training to become a police officer and require all candidates for law enforcement jobs to have a high school diploma under legislation being considered at the Statehouse.

  • updated storyHouse panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - A GOP-controlled House panel Tuesday approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment.

  • Michigan House committee looks at tax changes to fund roads 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:18 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - A variety of groups spoke out Tuesday against a bill that would eliminate a tax credit for low-income, working families as part of a plan from Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter to provide more money for repairing Michigan's roads.

  • House panel votes to repeal health law's medical device tax 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - A Republican-run House committee voted Tuesday to repeal a 2.3 percent tax on many medical devices that helps pay for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

  • Hassan vetoes end-of-life, constitutional convention bills 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 2:54 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed bills establishing a committee to study end-of-life decisions and limiting the authority of delegates to a federal constitutional convention.

  • Leaders work to 'button up' budget bills for special session 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 2:42 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Makeshift House and Senate chambers with rollaway lecterns and portable microphones have been arranged for an impending special session. Now, Minnesota's Legislature just needs final budget bills to vote on.

  • Text of statement by FIFA official Domenico Scala 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 1:37 pm

    ZURICH - Text of statement Tuesday by Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as FIFA president:

  • Nevada Legislature ends session, decides several hot issues 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 1:24 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers wrapped up their 120-day legislative session after passing a major tax hike and a budget with significant new investments in education.

  • Lawmakers reach bipartisan agreement on police body cameras 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 1:02 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut would provide money to towns and cities to equip police officers with body cameras under bipartisan legislation that passed unanimously in the state Senate on Tuesday.

  • NC House speaker says gay marriage override vote may wait 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 12:57 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The final vote to determine whether a vetoed bill will become law allowing some North Carolina court officials to avoid gay marriage proceedings may not happen quickly after all.

  • Expert: Wisconsin's 20-week abortion ban bill could backfire story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 12:00 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - As the Wisconsin Legislature's health committees took up a fast-tracked bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a medical expert said the measure could prompt more early terminations.

  • Legislative session's end kills much-talked-about bills 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 11:59 am

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Several Nevada bills that grabbed headlines this spring are dead after failing to pass before the Legislature adjourned.

  • Hassan signs bill allowing anti-overdose drug prescriptions 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 11:29 am

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill allowing doctors to prescribe anti-overdose drugs to a person at risk of experiencing an overdose or a family member or friend who can assist them.

  • Shumlin's signing school governance bill won't end debate 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:11 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is set to sign into law a wide-ranging bill on school governance and funding.

  • Lawmakers fail in push for more ride-hailing companies rules 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:32 am

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers failed to approve a number of revised regulations to ride-hailing companies like Uber before the legislative session ended.

  • House to dig into Senate GOP bill to overhaul public pension 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:05 am

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A Pennsylvania state House committee will listen to testimony on a Senate Republican plan to end the traditional pension benefit for school and state government employees after the Senate fast-tracked the 410-page bill without a hearing.

  • Layoff notices prepared as budget debate continues story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 12:49 am

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms.

  • California Senate approves another minimum wage hike 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 11:18 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that.

  • Bill professionalizing Connecticut elections moves to Malloy 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 10:25 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Local Connecticut voting officials will be required to undergo new training and certification under a bill that cleared the House of Representatives on Monday night and now awaits Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's signature.

  • GOP Sen. Newton running for N. Carolina attorney general 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 10:19 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Republican state Sen. Buck Newton announced his 2016 bid for attorney general on Monday, portraying himself as one who would confront what many conservatives consider federal overreach while focusing on basics as the state's top lawyer and law enforcement officer.

  • California Senate OKs scaled-down travel disclosure bill 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 10:01 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - California state senators on Monday advanced a scaled-down version of a political ethics bill after the initial proposal was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said it would complicate campaign disclosure rather than reduce influence.