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Measure on greenhouse gas reduction to be heard in Maryland

Feb. 19, 2020 4:02 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland is getting a hearing before state lawmakers. It's coming before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. It would require the Maryland Department of the Environment to adopt a final...

Effort to revamp utility regulation stalls in Senate

Feb. 18, 2020 10:35 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that would reshape the administrative structure of a powerful regulatory panel that oversees New Mexico utilities and other businesses was derailed in the Senate on Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about maintaining the separation of powers between...

Activist group files complaint against Arizona GOP lawmaker

Feb. 18, 2020 7:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An activist group whose members were cut off from testifying at a Senate hearing on a proposal that would ask voters to enshrine Arizona’s “sanctuary city” ban in the state constitution has filed an ethics complaint against the committee’s chairman. Living United...

FILE - This April 9, 2012 file photo shows construction well underway for new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, S.C. South Carolina could pay off billions in debt and end uncertainty over lawsuits if it sells its state-owned utility, Santee Cooper, but the move would cost ratepayers more money over the next 20 years, state fiscal officials say in a report released Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

SC senators take 1st crack at Santee Cooper future questions

Feb. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first of more than a dozen hearings by the General Assembly on whether South Carolina should sell its state-owned utility had senators on Tuesday questioning the officials who reviewed the proposals. The Department of Administration released a 111-page report Tuesday detailing...

Maryland legislators begin hearing education legislation

Feb. 17, 2020 5:48 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers began scrutinizing on Monday education legislation that would cost billions of dollars to carry out but supporters say would make the state’s public education system world-class. The legislature’s education and budget committees met jointly to hear...

Republican U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong talks with supporters after announcing his re-election bid on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Fargo, N.D. Armstrong is seeking his second term in Congress after spending much of his first 18 months defending President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings.  (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Staunch Trump ally Armstrong aims to tackle practical issues

Feb. 17, 2020 5:33 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A freshman congressman from North Dakota who spent much of his first term defending President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings said Monday he wants to return to Washington and begin working on practical issues. Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong, the first lawmaker to be...

Public hearing Tuesday on firearms bill

Feb. 17, 2020 8:05 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A legislative committee is holding a public hearing on a bill intended to keep guns out of the hands of people accused of domestic abuse. The bill would make it a crime for a person who is subject of a relief from abuse order to possess a firearm. It would require that provisions be...

Alaska Capitol room to be named for late lawmaker Davis

Feb. 14, 2020 6:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Capitol room that hosts House education and social service committee hearings will be named for the late former lawmaker Bettye Davis. The Senate voted Friday to rename Capitol room 106 for Davis, who was the first black woman elected to the state House and the first black...

Activists removed from hearing on Arizona sanctuary policies

Feb. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate hearing on an effort to enshrine an existing ban on “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution erupted in shouting as immigrant rights activists called the proposal racist and the committee chairman ordered them removed. Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen’s...

President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

Feb. 13, 2020 7:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning Thursday from senators over her unorthodox economic views, including from two Republicans whose doubts about her nomination could imperil it. The nominee, Judy Shelton, sought to make her...