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Stories with subject: Legislation
  • First-time drunken drivers get no second chance 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 3:08 am

    NORWICH, Connecticut - On March 9, 2012 Benjamin DeMond, a Norwich firefighter, died at 33 from an accident caused by a drunken driver.

  • Ted Cruz goes to Senate floor to call GOP leader a liar 
    Updated: Jul-25-15 5:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - In a stunning, public attack on his own party leader, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying, and said he was no better than his Democratic predecessor and couldn't be trusted.

  • 25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions 
    Updated: Jul-25-15 5:15 pm

    NEW YORK - Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down.

  • Tunisia overwhelmingly passes anti-terror law 
    Updated: Jul-25-15 4:08 am

    TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisia's parliament has voted overwhelmingly to pass the country's new anti-terror law despite fears by rights groups that it could be abused.

  • California judge indicates dismissal of right-to-die lawsuit story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 10:10 pm

    SAN DIEGO - A judge strongly indicated Friday he will dismiss a lawsuit against the state by a single mom given only months to live and other California right-to-die advocates who want doctors to be allowed to prescribe fatal medication for terminally ill people.

  • Wolf acknowledges service providers may have to borrow money 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 5:20 pm

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged Friday that nonprofit social services providers may have to borrow money during the state budget stalemate, but he said they should share his broader goal of doing the right thing for Pennsylvania.

  • Advocates hopeful about $15 minimum wage in Connecticut 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 5:19 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Momentum is building for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Connecticut, at least for some workers, given the formation of a new low-wage worker advisory panel and this week's recommendation to raise pay for fast-food workers in neighboring New York, according to some state lawmakers and activists.

  • Written arguments filed in dispute over Gov. LePage's vetoes 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 4:19 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - Parties have filed legal briefs with the state supreme court over whether Gov. Paul LePage inadvertently allowed dozens of bills to become law.

  • Carroll to pay fine, admit violations in ethics case 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 3:26 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The drama over Florida's former lieutenant governor, who was forced to resign more than two years ago, may be finally over.

  • Motives behind 'sanctuary cities' vary; some fear lawsuits story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 1:25 pm

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, California - The term "sanctuary city" has become a rallying cry for conservative Republicans seeking stiffer immigration laws. They characterize such places as havens where those in the country illegally are protected from immigration authorities.

  • New Jersey lawmakers consider tougher rules for nail salons 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 10:31 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Two New Jersey lawmakers say they're introducing a bill to protect workers in nail salons.

  • Cambodian Senate OKs restrictions on non-government groups story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 10:25 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Cambodia's Senate on Friday approved tight restrictions on non-governmental organizations, rejecting appeals from rights groups that say the law could be used for political repression.

  • Senate GOP setting up 'Obamacare' vote on highway bill story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 10:15 am

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leaders announced plans Friday to use a must-pass highway bill to try to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law, in the latest GOP assault on "Obamacare."

  • Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack? story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 7:03 am

    WASHINGTON - Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

  • Sheriff: New law plays 'significant' role in crime rise story has photos
    Updated: Jul-23-15 10:38 pm

    LOS ANGELES - A recent change in California law making certain drug and property crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies played "a significant role" in the rising crime rate in Los Angeles County and has taken away the incentive for addicts to seek treatment, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Thursday.

  • House passes bill to crack down on 'sanctuary cities' story has photos
    Updated: Jul-23-15 10:30 pm

    WASHINGTON - The House passed legislation Thursday cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. Angry Democrats accused Republicans of aligning themselves with Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant views, and the White House threatened a veto.

  • Gov. McCrory signs bill protecting Confederate monuments 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 7:28 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Under pressure to take action from groups on both sides of the Confederate symbols debate, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory responded Thursday by signing a much-debated monuments bill that critics said would protect Confederate memorials.

  • Massachusetts Senate passes bill to prep for climate change 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 7:23 pm

    BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill supporters say will help the state better adapt to a changing environment while encouraging the growth of solar energy.

  • Dardenne to Jindal: End state spending on campaign travel 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 7:04 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican running for governor, wants taxpayers to stop footing the bill for Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign travel.

  • Activists argue for more transparency in NC death penalty 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 6:34 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Opponents of the death penalty and the sponsor of a bill changing North Carolina's execution laws on Thursday debated how much transparency the public needs into the process.

  • UN concerned about Canada's new anti-terror law 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 5:28 pm

    TORONTO - A United Nations human rights body raised concerns Thursday about Canada's new anti-terror legislation, saying it could run afoul of international human rights standards.

  • Vermont governor says 'people' want GMO labeling 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 5:22 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday people who want to know what's in their food will win the fight against an industry that is trying to block laws that require the labeling of some foods made with genetically modified organisms.

  • Assembly speaker asked for open records changes 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 5:19 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was the state lawmaker who drafted a proposal that would have gutted Wisconsin's open records law and protected legislators from having to release documents currently available, documents released to The Associated Press on Thursday show.

  • Activists for police reform rally ahead of panel meeting 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 5:11 pm

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland activists for civil rights and police reform urged a panel of lawmakers Thursday to take stronger action to increase police accountability, and they criticized lawmakers for not going far enough this year.

  • Public divided over Smithsonian display of Bill Cosby's art story has photos
    Updated: Jul-23-15 5:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - Dozens of emails and comments left at the Smithsonian Institution show the public appears to be sharply divided over an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection, which the museum has stood behind since the comedian admitted obtaining drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.