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Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun. 16, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the nation. The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk to be...

House to vote on original marijuana deal to prevent veto

Jun. 16, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday was debating an earlier version of a bill that would legalize the adult use of cannabis, a day after Gov. Ned Lamont threatened to veto a retooled rendition that had cleared the state Senate. ...

Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill

Jun. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin is proposing an extensive list of changes to his party's sweeping elections and voting bill, raising hopes among Democrats that they could unite behind the legislation even if the measure is nearly certain to be blocked by Republicans in a showdown Senate...

Key Wisconsin policing use of force bill in jeopardy

Jun. 16, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly failed to vote Wednesday as scheduled on a bill that would set a statewide use of force policy for police, and offer protections for officers who report abuses, due to objections from the Milwaukee police union and despite winning broad bipartisan...

Wisconsin Assembly forbids requiring virus vaccination proof

Jun. 16, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit businesses, colleges and universities, governments and anyone else in the state from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The measure banning so-called...

Wisconsin Assembly approves transgender sports bans

Jun. 16, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday passed bills banning transgender athletes from participating in girls' and women's sports — measures taken up in the middle of Pride month and all but certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. ...

Bill opening up police internal records clears committee

Jun. 16, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Democratic-led Senate committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill making police disciplinary records accessible to the public and mandating their disclosure in any civil or criminal court proceeding. The legislation also authorizes state agencies,...

Michigan Republicans pass bills to add voter ID requirements

Jun. 16, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate passed contentious legislation Wednesday that would mandate a photo ID to vote in person and add identity requirements for people who want to vote by mail. The bills, which were sent to the GOP-led House...

Training to start soon on Louisiana's new rules for colleges

Jun. 16, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's college administrators will start receiving training this summer on new requirements for how sexual misconduct claims must be handled and what safety measures must be enacted, the state's higher education chief said Wednesday. ...

Veterans' tax exemption expanded in bill clearing NC House

Jun. 16, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More veterans in North Carolina could exempt their entire military retiree pay from state income taxes in legislation that cleared the House overwhelmingly on Wednesday. The measure would apply to retirees with at least 20 years of service and...