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Georgia bill would replace state's outdated voting machines

Feb. 15, 2019 10:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Three months after a much-disputed election for Georgia governor, lawmakers have filed a bill to make the state use voting machines that have electronic ballot markers and print a paper ballot. The House bill, filed Thursday, addresses some aspects of election law criticized during...

Montana lawmaker apologizes over remarks to Native Americans

Feb. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker has apologized for telling Native American legislators that abortion is self-inflicted genocide and a plague on Indian culture. Republican Rep. Greg DeVries (deh-VREES) made his initial comments Thursday on the House floor in support of an anti-abortion bill. His...

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Feb. 15, 2019 6:05 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus. The House Health...

Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

Feb. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 100 on Friday in a 71-24 vote. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the...

Diane Rehm testifies for assisted-death bill in Maryland

Feb. 15, 2019 4:58 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Retired radio talk show host Diane Rehm testified in favor of a Maryland measure to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor's help, describing the misery her husband suffered during his final days. Opponents, however, say the measure is dangerous and could enable...

Report: Nearly half of Tennessean students not college ready

Feb. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nearly half of Tennessee students enrolled in higher education during the 2016-2017 school year needed some sort of remedial classes during their first year of college, according to new state data. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission released the numbers this week which have...

Kentucky closer to banning most abortions if Roe overturned

Feb. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step closer toward preparing for a possible post-Roe v. Wade era on Friday. The state House overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban most abortions in Kentucky if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark decision that legalized the procedure nationwide. The chamber's...

Omar's edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

Feb. 15, 2019 3:55 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Ilhan Omar's political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Gathering at a state senator's home,...

Bill: Strip Confederate designation from Arkansas flag star

Feb. 15, 2019 3:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing that a star on the state's flag no longer represent the Confederacy, saying it should instead commemorate the contribution of Native Americans to the state. Democratic Rep. Charles Blake's legislation filed Friday wouldn't change the design of...

Illinois Democrats propose expanded abortion access

Feb. 15, 2019 2:08 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats have introduced two measures that would expand abortion access in the state by removing a parental notification requirement and a ban on late-term abortions. The proposed legislation was filed Wednesday, The Chicago Tribune reported. One bill sponsored by...