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Alabama's Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

Jun. 20, 2019 2:03 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore will announce today if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Moore has scheduled a Thursday afternoon announcement in Montgomery. Moore lost the 2017 special election to Democratic Sen. Doug Jones amid allegations of past sexual misconduct with...

Public to weigh in on revised California vaccine bill

Jun. 20, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents are getting their first chance to weigh in on changes to a California measure that would give state public health officials oversight of doctors who grant a high number of medical exemptions for vaccinations and schools with vaccination rates less than 95%. The Assembly...

Alaska lawmakers weigh governor's call for new session venue

Jun. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — When Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called for the Legislature's next special session to be held in Wasilla, some agreed with him that a change of venue would be good for lawmakers struggling to finish their work after a drawn-out five months at the state capital. Others called it a means...

Senate vote puts victims' rights amendment before voters

Jun. 19, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will decide whether to enumerate victims' rights in the state constitution, a proposal likely to appear on the November ballot. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to give its final approval, putting the state's version of Marsy's Law on the ballot as a...

Lawmakers OK emission cuts, farmworker rights

Jun. 19, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to wrap up work...

The Latest: New York lawmakers OK farmworker rights bill

Jun. 19, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature as it works toward adjournment (all times local): 10 p.m. Lawmakers in Albany have voted to give farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime and get a day off. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly passed the legislation Wednesday...

Maine moves toward presidential primaries with ranked voting

Jun. 19, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Legislature sent a proposal to the governor Wednesday to ditch the state's presidential caucuses for a primary system that would be the nation's first to allow voters to rank candidates. The Democratic-led Senate approved funding the bill, which had already passed the House....

Lamont admits to a "divide" with lawmakers over tolls

Jun. 19, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged Wednesday there is a divide between his administration and Connecticut legislators over the need for electronic tolls to generate more state transportation revenue but vowed not to give up on the issue. While the Democratic-controlled General Assembly...

Correction: California-Vaccination Legislation story

Jun. 19, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 18 about changes to a vaccinations bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the group Educate. Advocate. remains opposed because the legislation now calls for using an existing state immunization registry instead of creating a separate database for...

Bill directing immigration holds advances in North Carolina

Jun. 19, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Amid accusations of extreme ideology and racism, North Carolina Republican lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would force sheriffs to recognize federal requests to hold jail inmates who may be in the country illegally. Nearly all of the state's 100 county sheriffs voluntarily...