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Legislature considers tweaks to laws to help immigrants

Mar. 19, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon legislators heard testimony on a bill that would prohibit courts from asking defendants about their immigration status, a move advocates said would help encourage immigrants afraid of deportation to participate in the judicial system. The Statesman Journal reports it's one of a...

Taxpayers take loss on failed Kauai dairy plan

Mar. 19, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii taxpayers lost money following a private investment firm's failed plan to establish a dairy on Kauai. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Monday that Honolulu-based Ulupono received $875,000 in state tax credits under a 2008 law that created incentives for landowners to...

Attorney tries to persuade judge to toss lame-duck lawsuit

Mar. 18, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for Republican legislators urged a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit challenging lame-duck laws limiting the governor and attorney general's powers, warning that blocking the laws could throw decades' worth of other statutes into jeopardy. Every law the Legislature has...

Mississippi to build facility for medically fragile children

Mar. 18, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new law says Mississippi can borrow money to build a long-term care facility for children with complex medical conditions. Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed House Bill 1160 , which authorizes the state to issue up to $12.5 million in bonds to finance the facility in east Jackson....

The Latest: Judge puts off ruling in lame-duck lawsuit

Mar. 18, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on liberal groups' challenge to Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A Madison judge has stopped short of issuing a ruling in a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General...

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced during the three years it was in place are fixable. During a...

Bill to legalize hemp passes Idaho House

Mar. 18, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would legalize hemp by aligning Idaho state law with the federal Farm Bill has passed the House. The Post Register reports the bill passed overwhelmingly on Monday, with only seven lawmakers voting in opposition. Republican Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy of Genesee is one of the...

Bill forbids setting minimum wage above ND state level

Mar. 18, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature has passed a bill that forbids communities from enacting a minimum wage ordinance that's above the state level. The Senate passed the House bill 35-11 on Monday. Backers of the legislation say setting higher minimum wages in some communities could hurt jobs...

ND Legislature endorses bill to make car-idling legal

Mar. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed a bill that makes it legal to leave a vehicle idling while no one is in it. Representatives endorsed the measure 92-0 in January. Senators passed the bill 46-0 on Monday. North Dakotans, including some lawmakers at the state Capitol, routinely...

The Latest: Court weighs proof-of-citizenship voting law

Mar. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court weighing whether to resurrect a Kansas proof-of-citizenship voting law (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A federal appeals court has heard arguments about whether Kansas should be allowed to resurrect a law that required people to submit proof of citizenship...