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Georgia bills in doubt at deadline include immigration crackdown, religious liberty protections

Feb. 29, 2024 00:31 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline Thursday, the last day for legislation to pass either the House or Senate and advance to the other legislative chamber for consideration this year. Lawmakers on Monday will decide questions including whether to tighten rules on law enforcement...

Hong Kong's plan for a new national security law deepens fears over eroding civil liberties

Feb. 28, 2024 22:47 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — As Hong Kong moves toward enacting a new national security law, four years after Beijing imposed a similar law that all but wiped out dissent and vocal pro-democracy media in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, concerns are spreading among the city's international business and...

Maine's deadliest shooting spurs additional gun control proposals

Feb. 28, 2024 21:51 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrats in the Maine Legislature unveiled sweeping gun violence measures on Wednesday including a 72-hour waiting period for most gun purchases, adding to firearm bills and mental health spending already proposed by the governor after the deadliest shooting in the state...

Patients urge Alabama lawmakers to restore IVF services in the state

Feb. 28, 2024 20:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — LeeLee Ray went through eight miscarriages, one ectopic pregnancy and multiple surgeries before turning to surrogacy in her hopes of having a child. She and her husband found a surrogate through a matching program, and they hoped to soon transfer frozen...

Legislation allowing recreational marijuana sales in Virginia heads to GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Feb. 28, 2024 19:47 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday that if approved by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin would allow recreational retail sales of marijuana to begin next year. Under the bills, the state would start taking applications on Sept. 1 for cultivating,...

Bill allowing permitless concealed carry in Louisiana heads to the governor's desk for signature

Feb. 28, 2024 19:31 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bill allowing Louisiana residents, 18 and older, to carry a concealed handgun without a permit received final approval from lawmakers Wednesday. After years of GOP-led efforts for permitless concealed carry, the bill is poised to become law with Gov. Jeff...

Missouri lawmakers try again to block Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood

Feb. 28, 2024 18:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican lawmakers are once again trying to block federal health care dollars from going to the state's Planned Parenthood clinics, this time weeks after the Missouri Supreme Court thwarted a previous attempt to end that funding. The...

Kentucky Senate passes a top-priority bill to stimulate cutting-edge research at public universities

Feb. 28, 2024 17:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A top-priority bill intended to turn researchers at Kentucky's public universities into teammates collaborating on cutting-edge research won overwhelming approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. The measure, sponsored by Republican Senate President Robert...

Washington state House overwhelmingly passes ban on hog-tying by police

Feb. 28, 2024 17:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would ban police from hog-tying suspects, a restraint technique that has long drawn concern because of the risk of suffocation. “This practice is dehumanizing, and it’s dangerous,”...

Czech Republic's lower house rejects marriage for same-sex couples but allows limited adoptions

Feb. 28, 2024 12:18 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The lower house of Parliament in the Czech Republic on Wednesday rejected same-sex marriage while affirming existing unions called partnerships for gay couples. The new legislation, passed in a 123-36 vote, also doesn't allow same-sex couples to adopt children aside...