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Senate aims bill at preventing all-electric building codes

Oct. 27, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would bar municipalities in the nation’s No. 2 natural gas state from adopting building codes that prohibit gas hookups or otherwise restricting utility service based on the energy source. ...

Wyoming ban on vaccine rules for customers clears hurdle

Oct. 27, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Concerns about business owners' rights didn't prevent Wyoming lawmakers holding a special legislative session Wednesday from advancing a bill that would prohibit them from singling out customers based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. The bill...

Wisconsin lawmakers send anti-abortion bills to governor

Oct. 27, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to a package of anti-abortion bills, many of which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed two years ago and is all but certain to reject again. Republicans do not have enough...

House moves bill to add seniors to prescription drug program

Oct. 27, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House voted unanimously Wednesday to expand income eligibility limits for the state's prescription drug subsidy program. The House voted 199-0 to approve the bill that would increase the maximum income for PACENET to $33,500 for...

Michigan Legislature OKs school accounts destined for veto

Oct. 27, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers took final votes on veto-destined bills early Wednesday that would let Michigan students attend private schools and pay other educational expenses with scholarship accounts funded by people and corporations that would get tax credits for their...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 27, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Oct. 25, 2021. Editorial: Learning from W.Va. neonatal drug rules According to a recent Post-Gazette investigation, roughly 1 in 10 babies born to mothers from the rural southwest corner of Pennsylvania is exposed to drugs...

Half its original size, Biden's big plan in race to finish

Oct. 27, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half its original size, President Joe Biden's big domestic policy plan is being pulled apart and reconfigured as Democrats edge closer to satisfying their most reluctant colleagues and finishing what's now about a $1.75 trillion package. How to pay...

Puerto Rico debt-restructuring bill advances amid criticism

Oct. 26, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Senate and House approved a bill Tuesday that would slash the central government's debt by half but has also sparked protests and led to fiery exchanges between lawmakers and a federal control board that oversees the U.S. territory’s finances....

Senate OKs bill to criminalize fleeing arrest on foot

Oct. 26, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would make it a crime to flee a police officer who is trying to arrest them, and an additional crime if a police dog is hurt in the pursuit. The bill passed, 36-14, with every Republican...

Wyoming lawmakers to mull penalties for requiring vaccines

Oct. 26, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Requiring workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 would result in up to $10 million in fines and at least $500,000 in damages under bills Wyoming lawmakers will consider in a rare special session that began Tuesday. In all, they plan to look at...