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Don't rename 'Chicken Dinner Road' Idaho lawmaker says

Jan. 20, 2020 5:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawmaker said Monday that Chicken Dinner Road in southwestern Idaho is a historic name and is opposed to an animal protection group's request to rename it. Republican Rep. Scott Syme on Monday introduced a concurrent resolution urging fellow lawmakers to support the existing name....

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and New Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attend a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024. Putin first presented the proposed changes in his state-of-the-nation address Wednesday,...

Lawmakers meet to hear testimony on medical marijuana bill

Jan. 20, 2020 11:16 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill to undo a change to how medical marijuana dispensaries are regulated, to address a lawsuit by the governor. The House Judiciary Committee is meeting Tuesday to hear testimony on the legislation. A provision in the state budget approved...

Senate President Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, presides over the opening day of South Carolina's 2020 legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Education overhaul bill set for debate in SC Senate

Jan. 20, 2020 10:44 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators will return to the Statehouse this week with a long, complex debate in front of them. Senate leaders have said they will take as much time as needed to debate the education overhaul bill they have been working on for nearly a year. Senate Education Committee...

Senate lawmakers consider public defender loan repayments

Jan. 20, 2020 10:33 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee is considering a bill that would create a student loan repayment program to help recruit and retain attorneys to serve as much needed public defenders in the state. The proposed program is similar to those in Ohio aimed at encouraging physicians, dentists and...

Bill would raise age to get out of SC jury duty to 75

Jan. 20, 2020 9:27 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state senator wants to raise the age someone can get out of jury duty in South Carolina from 65 to 75. Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey is sponsoring the bill because people are living longer and healthier lives. “Jurors who are a little bit older but have a lot of life...

Bill would require Arizona tribes to resolve water disputes

Jan. 20, 2020 12:11 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican legislative leaders have introduced legislation to require Native American tribes in Arizona to resolve longstanding water disputes with the state before negotiating new gambling pacts. Cosponsors of the legislation, House Bill 244 7, include House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa,...

Vermont Senate approves paid family leave bill

Jan. 19, 2020 3:38 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate approved a paid family leave bill by enough votes to override a potential veto by Gov. Phil Scott. The legislation was approved by a vote of 20-9 in the Senate on Friday and is now headed to the House. The bill provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth of...

Gov. Evers calls for legislative action to curb youth vaping

Jan. 19, 2020 1:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Sunday he wants state lawmakers to pass a package of bills aimed at curbing youth vaping and educating the public about vaping's potential dangers. The bills Evers, a Democrat, is requesting would ban vaping and vapor products on K-12 campuses and...

Bill would let 16 and 17-year-olds vote in local elections

Jan. 19, 2020 12:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would give cities and towns greater leeway in allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections. On Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Election Laws is planning to hold a public hearing at the Statehouse on a number of bills...