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California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 17, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

Bipartisan election bill introduced in Pennsylvania

Sep. 17, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to try to fix disputed or gray areas of Pennsylvania's election law was introduced Friday in the state Senate, after more than a year of lawsuits, partisan bickering and legislative stalemates inflamed by last year's presidential election. ...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 17, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 16, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

McConnell unmoved on debt limit, risking turmoil for Biden

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has been enlisting one emissary after another to convince Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to help raise the federal debt limit. It's not working. Despite the high-level conversations, including a...

EXPLAINER: The Texas abortion law's swift impact, and future

Sep. 16, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in October will hear the Biden administration's efforts to block Texas' new law banning most abortions, which is already putting a strain on clinics and patients in the two weeks since it took effect. U.S. District Judge Robert...

Kauai council passes hotel room tax; mayor expected to sign

Sep. 16, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Kauai County Council has passed a bill adding a 3% surcharge to the state's hotel tax after the state stopped sharing revenue from the tax with the counties. Mayor Derek Kawakami plans to sign the legislation, said Sarah Blane, his chief of...

Parson's vetoes withstand GOP Legislature's override efforts

Sep. 15, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — All of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's vetoes will stand, despite efforts Wednesday by some lawmakers to force their priorities into law during a short session focused on vetoed bills. Missouri's GOP-led Legislature can reverse vetoes on bills and...

Attempt by far-right to reconvene Idaho House fizzles

Sep. 15, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attempt by far-right lawmakers Wednesday to form a quorum at the Statehouse that they say would have allowed them to force the Legislature to reconvene and pass laws to prohibit vaccine mandates fizzled when only 16 of the 70 House members showed up. ...

Brazil's top court suspends vote on Indigenous land rights

Sep. 15, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Wednesday requested additional time to review a controversial ruling that could loosen protections of Indigenous lands, which may in effect leave the decision to Congress. The top court is evaluating a ruling...