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Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Sen. Wiener has introduced legislation that would ban certain medically unnecessary surgeries on children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The first-of-its-kind legislation would not allow these types of surgeries until the child is at least 6-years-old. A similar bill failed to pass last year after facing opposition from the California Medical Association. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

Jan. 15, 2021 5:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker is trying again to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least 6-years-old, hoping a narrower focus combined with new legislative leadership will be enough to get the first-of-its-kind legislation signed into law....

Court: Law that reduced drug sentences not retroactive

Jan. 15, 2021 5:08 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 2015 Connecticut criminal justice reform law that reduced prison time for certain drug possession crimes does not apply retroactively, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision affecting some convicts seeking to have lengthy drug-related sentences cut short. Justices said...

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives conduct business on the first day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee lawmakers gathered to start their annual session Tuesday in Nashville amid a pandemic and an FBI probe that drew searches of multiple legislative offices by federal agents last week. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee OKs Medicaid block grant; fate unclear under Biden

Jan. 15, 2021 1:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s GOP-dominant Legislature on Friday approved a contentious decision that would drastically overhaul the state’s Medicaid program, casting quick votes this week in hopes of making it difficult for incoming President-elect Joe Biden’s administration...

FILE - This file photo from Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021, shows Trump supporters swarming the Capitol, as Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. A little used Civil War-era statute that outlaws waging war against the United States is getting a fresh look after the attacks on the Capitol. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Rare sedition charge gains interest after Capitol attack

Jan. 15, 2021 12:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Civil War-era sedition law being dusted off for potential use in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol was last successfully deployed a quarter-century ago in the prosecution of Islamic militants who plotted to bomb New York City landmarks. An Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, and...

Prosecutors drop securities case against former VW CEO

Jan. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors have set aside a securities-law case against the former CEO of Volkswagen because he could face heavier penalties in a separate criminal fraud case connected to the company's 2015 diesel emissions scandal. The court in the city of Braunschweig said in a...

John Clancey, an American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong's national security law, speaks during an interview in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Clancey said Friday that the courts now have a choice between the new law and the city's legally enshrined freedoms, as China cracks down on dissent in the Asian financial capital.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

AP Interview: Arrested US lawyer says HK courts face choice

Jan. 15, 2021 3:48 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — An American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong's national security law said Friday that the courts now have a choice between the new law and the city's legally enshrined freedoms, as China cracks down on dissent in the Asian financial capital. John Clancey was...

Colorado lawmakers race through short start to 2021 session

Jan. 14, 2021 6:21 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are moving quickly to adjust a handful of pandemic-related laws before their abbreviated three-day start to the 2021 session ends on Friday. Colorado Politics reports that the House approved four bills and advanced two Senate bills on Thursday. The House legislation...

Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina listen during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Jan. 14, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The heartbeat abortion bill has stalled in recent years, but appears to have a good chance of passing in 2021.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Heartbeat abortion ban may finally pass in South Carolina

Jan. 14, 2021 4:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are again considering a bill that would ban most abortions in the state and it seems much more likely to pass this time thanks to conservative gains in the General Assembly and at the U.S. Supreme Court. The ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be...

Judge rejects 1 of many challenges to new education tax

Jan. 14, 2021 3:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Thursday rejected one of several constitutional challenges to a new voter-approved tax on the wealthy to fund education but put off deciding on several other legal arguments brought by opponents. The challenge to a provision of Proposition 208 that opponents said limited the...