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Democrats move 2 bills showing strength and limits of power

Apr. 23, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were on a roll. The House voted along party lines to make the nation’s capital the 51st state, and two hours later, the Senate overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to address violence against Asian Americans. Thursday's twin...

Alabama Senate delays vote on curbside voting ban

Apr. 22, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to ban curbside voting as the state became the latest to debate new restrictions on voting. The debate in the state that was home to key events in the voting rights movement reflected...

Bill to increase killing of Idaho wolves clears House panel

Apr. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that could lead to killing up to 90% of the wolves in Idaho continued its speedy trip through the Statehouse on Thursday. The bill introduced just two days earlier cleared a House panel after already sailing through the Senate. It could...

Idaho House passes 'nondiscrimination' education bill

Apr. 22, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House on Thursday approved legislation aimed at preventing public and charter schools and universities from teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law. ...

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

Apr. 22, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber...

Proposed property tax cap stalls amid fierce resistance

Apr. 22, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to cap Nebraska property tax increases at 3% stalled in the Legislature Thursday amid fierce opposition from allies of local governments, who cast it as an attack on local control. Supporters of the bill fell four votes short of the 33...

Arizona election bill dies amid Republican infighting

Apr. 22, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate on Thursday voted down an election bill that critics deride as an attempt at voter suppression because of infighting among Republicans. But the measure could come back at a later date. The measure would purge inconsistent voters from...

Senate and House to enter negotiations on capital gains tax

Apr. 22, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate on Thursday refused to concur with changes the House made to a measure to create a new tax on capital gains, which means lawmakers from each chamber will start negotiations to see if they can reach a deal before the legislative session ends...

North Carolina tax break for business, jobless clears House

Apr. 22, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would provide several hundred million dollars in North Carolina state income tax breaks for businesses and the unemployed received final House approval on Thursday. The bill, which received nearly unanimous support, would allow...

Legislature: Elected officials must OK tear gas use by cops

Apr. 22, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Mayors, county executives or even the governor would have to give their approval before police could use tear gas to quell riots under a compromise reached Thursday in the Washington Legislature. The deal came as a conference committee of the House and...