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Ige says he may veto bail reform, 'firm' renewable energy

Jun. 27, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday said he may veto 30 bills in the next few weeks, including measures that would eliminate cash bail for some felonies, require each island to obtain one-third of their renewable energy from so-called “firm energy” sources and allow the...

Harris emerges as top abortion voice, warns of more fallout

Jun. 27, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During Brett Kavanaugh's 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, then-California Sen. Kamala Harris asked the judge if he thought women's privacy rights extended to choosing to have an abortion. Kavanaugh declined to answer. With Justice Kavanaugh now part of...

California advances Texas-style lawsuits over illegal guns

Jun. 27, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislators on Monday approved Texas-style lawsuits over illegal guns, mimicking the Lone Star State's law aimed at deterring abortions and obliquely linking the two most controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions from last week. The California...

Supreme Court's abortion ruling sets off new court fights

Jun. 27, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Judges temporarily blocked abortion bans Monday in Louisiana and Utah, while a federal court in South Carolina said a law sharply restricting the procedure would take effect there immediately as the battle over whether women may end pregnancies shifted from the nation’s...

DeSantis expands eligibility for Bright Futures scholarships

Jun. 27, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida high school students applying for the state's college and vocational school scholarship program will be able to substitute paid work experience for volunteering under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday. DeSantis also signed a bill requiring...

Court allows SC to enforce more restrictive abortion law

Jun. 27, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

A law restricting abortions in South Carolina after six weeks of pregnancy can take effect immediately in the state, a federal court ruled Monday. The U.S. District Court in South Carolina lifted its prior hold on the enforcement of a state law passed last year that bans most...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 27, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Anti-abortion groups look to update 1849 Wisconsin ban

Jun. 27, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Anti-abortion groups in Wisconsin say they'll work with lawmakers next year to pass legislation that will update or replace the state’s 1849 abortion ban, which led doctors across Wisconsin to stop providing abortions on Friday after the Supreme Court struck down the...

Pennsylvania House targets colleges' fetal research in bill

Jun. 27, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to require Pennsylvania's four state-related universities to promise they are not conducting research or experiments with fetal tissue from elective abortions was added to a state budget bill by House Republicans on Monday. The chamber voted...

Officials: NC budget deal reached between House, Senate

Jun. 27, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on adjustments to the second year of the two-year state government budget approved last fall, officials said Monday. House Speaker Tim Moore and Lauren Horsch, a spokesperson for Senate...