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Lawmakers seek long-term limit on governors' emergency power

Apr. 10, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Nevada Democrats’ priorities emerge on bill deadline day

Apr. 09, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers sped through hundreds of proposals on Friday to meet another major deadline of the 2021 legislative session, which required most bills to pass out of their first committee before Saturday to remain up for consideration. ...

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

Apr. 09, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the state's Democratic governor. ...

Maryland governor vetoes 3 police reform bills

Apr. 09, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he has vetoed three police reform measures approved by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, all measures passed with enough votes to override the vetoes. The Republican governor vetoed...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Gun rights advocates sue lawmakers over virtual meetings

Apr. 09, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gun rights advocates have filed a federal lawsuit challenging continued virtual meetings of the Delaware General Assembly after Democrats rammed two controversial gun-control bills through the state Senate. The lawsuit was filed Friday against...

Court rules for Democrats in debate over legislative session

Apr. 09, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court has vacated a judge's ruling that upheld the New Hampshire House Speaker's refusal to provide remote access to legislative sessions to lawmakers who are at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Seven...

Private sales emerge as obstacle to Senate action on guns

Apr. 09, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades with the support of President Joe Biden, who said Thursday that it is “long past time” to do so. But they are confronting a potentially insurmountable question...

Northam endorses predecessor McAuliffe for Virginia governor

Apr. 08, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest's most coveted endorsements. Speaking at an event at the Norfolk waterfront, Northam...