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Mississippi's 1st Black woman legislator won't seek new term

Jan. 31, 2023 20:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The first Black woman elected to the Mississippi Legislature said Tuesday that she will not seek another term, 38 years after she first took office. Democratic Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson, 83, announced her decision one day before candidates' qualifying...

Michigan moves for early slot for 2024 presidential primary

Jan. 31, 2023 20:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Democrats voted Tuesday to move the state's presidential primary to the fourth week of February and become a part of a new group of states slated to lead off the Democratic party's presidential primary starting next year. The move, which was...

Tennessee advances legislation to ban trans youth care

Jan. 31, 2023 17:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-dominant Legislature on Tuesday advanced a handful of proposals that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth and severely limit where drag shows can take place. The push in Tennessee comes as state lawmakers across the...

Advocates warn House rule change could undermine voters

Jan. 31, 2023 16:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina civil rights advocates denounced a House rule change Tuesday that could allow Republicans to override vetoes on contentious bills with little notice, saying it subverts democracy and the will of voters. Republicans pushed through temporary...

Arkansas House panel advances school gendered bathroom bill

Jan. 31, 2023 14:22 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Transgender people at Arkansas public schools would not be able to use the restrooms matching their gender identity under a bill advanced by a state House committee on Tuesday. The House Education Committee endorsed the legislation, which would apply to...

Top Rhode Island officials call for ban on assault weapons

Jan. 31, 2023 12:48 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Democratic governor and top officials urged the state legislature Tuesday to pass a bill banning assault weapons. Gov. Dan McKee, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, Secretary of State Gregg Amore, Attorney General Peter Neronha and General Treasurer James...

Calif. climate bill would make companies disclose emissions

Jan. 30, 2023 22:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in California introduced a package of climate bills Monday aimed at holding corporations accountable for their greenhouse gas emissions. The bills include legislation to require companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions to...

Self-driving semis focus of California rules, legislation

Jan. 30, 2023 19:36 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California regulators explore new rules to put self-driving semitrucks on the road, labor unions are rushing to the state Legislature to ask for a new law they say will protect their jobs — the start of a debate that could shape the future of the nation's nearly...

West Virginia lawmakers advance ban on gender-affirming care

Jan. 30, 2023 19:21 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee voted Monday to add a ban on hormone therapy to a bill prohibiting gender-affirming surgery for minors before advancing the legislation to the full House of Delegates. The bill was greenlit after...

South Dakota lawmakers advance Medicaid work requirement

Jan. 30, 2023 19:03 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican lawmakers on Monday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to try and force people on Medicaid to work despite federal policy prohibiting such requirements. The proposal would change the state...