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Wisconsin Democrats set to promote new redistricting plan

Jul. 16, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are planning to tout a new bill that would dramatically rework how Wisconsin draws its legislative district boundaries. Republicans redrew the lines in 2011 to consolidate supporters, helping them maintain control of both houses since then. Democratic voters filed...

Federal agencies missed 2nd deadline for tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the second month in a row, U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...

Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Brown

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party has filed paperwork to launch a recall against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, citing some of the laws passed in the 2019 legislative session. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Chairman Bill Currier in the Monday filing also pointed to Brown's...

Rand Paul touts efforts to increase legal immigration to US

Jul. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One way to reduce the tide of immigrants entering the United States illegally is to expand federal laws allowing newcomers to enter the country legally, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday. The Kentucky lawmaker touted two bills that he's sponsoring in an attempt to increase...

House backs bill to target wildlife trafficking

Jul. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill that allows the State Department to offer financial rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of wildlife traffickers who target endangered elephants, rhinos, lions and other species. The bill adds wildlife trafficking to the list of...

Woman, 2 kids dead in fiery freeway crash in Indianapolis

Jul. 15, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters died in a fiery, seven-vehicle crash on an Indianapolis freeway, authorities said. Indiana State Police say the crash happened about midday Sunday on eastbound Interstate 465. A preliminary police investigation has revealed that a semi...

Lawmaker operating anti-abortion center steps back from bill

Jul. 15, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker who operates an anti-abortion pregnancy resource center says she's stepping back from legislation proposing a tax benefit for donors to centers like hers. Rep. Candice Keller, a Middletown Republican, said she'd no longer co-sponsor the bill or vote on it. The measure...

Maryland county considers bill to outlaw balloon releases

Jul. 15, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — Lawmakers of a Maryland county are considering a bill that would outlaw balloon releases and impose a $250 fine on those who ignore the mandate. The Capital reports the bill was introduced to the Queen Anne's County Board of Commissioners last week by Commissioner Christopher...

Law aims to inform people out of prison of right to vote

Jul. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bill that aims to better inform people with criminal records of their voting rights has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. New Hampshire Public Radio reports sponsors say the bill clarifies an existing law detailing voting rights for convicted felons who are no...

Bill would ease rules on selling used cars subject to recall

Jul. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would ease restrictions on the sale of used cars that have been subject to a recall but have not been repaired is set to come up at a public hearing at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Supporters of the bill, including used car dealers, have argued that they should be able to sell...