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Republican Powers wins Tennessee Senate special election

Apr. 24, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Powers has won a Tennessee Senate special election. The Clarksville city councilman and auto dealer defeated Democrat Juanita Charles by about 9 percentage points Tuesday. Charles is a U.S. Army veteran and a Clarksville real estate agent. The Senate District 22 seat...

Housing-strapped California debates density near job hubs

Apr. 24, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A controversial proposal to increase housing near transportation and job hubs faces a key test Wednesday as California lawmakers search for solutions to the state's housing affordability crisis. Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener's bill is one of dozens on housing before lawmakers this...

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Apr. 23, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night that would implement a constitutional...

Florida House debates bill banning 'sanctuary city' policies

Apr. 23, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House opened debate Tuesday on a hotly contested Republican bill requiring local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called "sanctuary city" policies aimed at shielding immigrants who are arrested. The GOP-dominated...

After unusual delay, state House narrowly OKs voucher bill

Apr. 23, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An ongoing fight over using public dollars to pay for private school tuition turned tense Tuesday, as a key Tennessee House vote didn't get officially tallied for 40 minutes until a single lawmaker changed his no to a yes, while Senate leaders advocated for a drastically different...

Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

Apr. 23, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on the verge of expanding a law that allows some teachers to carry guns in the classroom after the Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill Tuesday. The bill seeks changes to a law enacted last year after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at a Parkland high...

Maine bill to boost lowest-in-US governor's pay gets tabled

Apr. 23, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers have tabled the latest bill to boost the lowest-in-the-nation salary for Maine's next governor. The bill would boost the annual salary from $70,000 to $150,000 beginning January 2023. The Legislature's state and local government committee tabled the proposal Monday....

The Latest: GOP bill would keep lottery winners secret

Apr. 23, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the winner of a $768 million Powerball jackpot drawn in March (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Two Republican lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow lottery winners in Wisconsin to remain anonymous. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Gary Tauchen announced the...

Uber safety bill is overhauled by South Carolina lawmakers

Apr. 23, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After the slaying of a college student who police say mistook her killer's car for her Uber ride, lawmakers in South Carolina are tinkering with legislation that aims to improve safety for ride sharing customers. A Senate subcommittee voted Tuesday to scrap a requirement for a lighted...

Proposal would require Maine students learn about Holocaust

Apr. 23, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering a bill designed to require students to learn about the Holocaust. Democratic Sen. Louie Luchini of Ellsworth introduced the bill, which received a public hearing before a legislative committee Monday. Luchini says it's time for Maine to join the less...