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Bill to close state police 'fusion center' fails in Senate

Jun. 15, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate effectively ended an attempt to eliminate the state’s secretive state police “fusion center” that came under under scrutiny after a whistleblower lawsuit. The bill to close the fusion center was rejected 29-6 in the Senate on...

Hungary: Lawmakers pass law barring LGBT content for minors

Jun. 15, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination. ...

GOP bill would prohibit requiring any vaccination in Ohio

Jun. 15, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No employer, either public or private, could require employees to receive vaccinations under GOP legislation pending in the Ohio House. Also, workers could not be fired as a result of refusing. The measure before the Republican-controlled House...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 15, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Congrats, parents, on saving ‘Invest in Kids’ — for now Some poor and working-class parents buttonholed legislators at the Capitol in Springfield. Others pursued lawmakers by phone, frantic to protect...

Election delays in 3 dozen NC cities gets final lawmaker OK

Jun. 14, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 30 North Carolina towns and cities — Charlotte, Greensboro and Fayetteville among them — would have their local elections moved from the fall to early next year because of delays in census data in legislation given final General Assembly approval on Monday...

Bill expanding access to NC gov't worker info clears Senate

Jun. 14, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Short explanations of why a North Carolina state or local government employee was transferred, demoted or suspended would be accessible by the public or media in legislation approved by the Senate on Monday night. The measure, backed by the North...

N. Carolina rights groups say GOP bills impede voting access

Jun. 14, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Civil and voting rights groups Monday blasted election bills written by North Carolina Republicans and expected on the Senate floor this week, calling them another GOP attempt at voter suppression, especially of minority groups. Senate GOP leaders...

Republicans aim again to block governor's climate strategy

Jun. 14, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature are reprising a fight from last year, passing legislation Monday to require Gov. Tom Wolf to go through them if he wants to impose a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The bill...

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside...

Thousands in Hungary protest anti-LGBT bills on eve of vote

Jun. 14, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Protesters and human rights officials urged lawmakers in Hungary on Monday to reject legislation banning any content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex reassignment to anyone under 18. Thousands of LGBT activists and others...