Latest Legislation News

Minnesota joins growing list of states counting inmates at home instead of prisons for redistricting

May. 23, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has joined a growing list of states that plan to count prisoners at their home addresses instead of at the prisons they're located when drawing new political districts. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz last week signed legislation that says last known...

Kosovo's parliament passes law on renting prison cells to Denmark

May. 23, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

Kosovo’s parliament approved a draft law Thursday on renting prison cells to Denmark to help it cope with its overpopulated prison system. The parliament voted 86-7, with no abstentions, in favor of the agreement which offers for a 10-year rent to Denmark 300 cells at the prison in...

On Chinese doping case, lawmakers demand action, answers from Olympic and law-enforcement leaders

May. 22, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators sent a letter Wednesday to the leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asking for answers about the case in which 23 Chinese swimmers were cleared to compete at the Tokyo Olympics despite positive tests for a banned drug. That letter came a day...

Congress aims to overhaul presidential ethics rules with a plan led by an unlikely pair of lawmakers

May. 22, 2024 18:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on Wednesday would require presidents and vice presidents to publicly disclose tax returns before, during and after their time in the White House as Congress makes an election-year push to curb foreign influence in American...

Bill OK'd by North Carolina House panel would end automatic removal of some criminal records

May. 22, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An effort that formally started four years ago to automatically get rid of many more North Carolina criminal court records would be eliminated if legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday gets enacted. The bipartisan 2020 law in part directed state...

Louisiana lawmakers approve bill similar to Texas' embattled migrant enforcement law

May. 22, 2024 17:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana bill that would empower state and local law enforcement to arrest and jail people in the state who entered the U.S. illegally received approval from lawmakers Wednesday and will likely soon be on the governor's desk. Amid national fights between...

North Carolina House pauses passage of bill that would ban masking for health reasons

May. 22, 2024 17:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina bill partially meant to address mask-wearing at protests was under review Wednesday after some House Republicans raised issue with the legislation's impact on people who wear masks for health reasons. The state House voted not to accept changes...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 22, 2024 07:19 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 21, 2024. Editorial: Minnesota’s legislative session: All that acrimony, so little action Leaders should work to fix a broken political process, starting with a special session on a bonding bill. The 2024 legislative...

Democrats propose ban on officials receiving payments from foreign governments after Trump probe

May. 21, 2024 19:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit U.S. officials from accepting money, payments or gifts from foreign governments without congressional consent, their response to a yearslong probe into former President Donald Trump’s overseas business dealings. ...

A Minnesota city will rewrite an anti-crime law seen as harming mentally ill residents

May. 21, 2024 18:33 PM EDT

A Minnesota city has agreed not to disclose private medical information about renters with mental health issues and to pay $175,000 to resolve a complaint from the federal government that the city discriminated against mentally ill residents in enforcing an anti-crime law. The U.S....