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Massachusetts bill would outlaw practice of declawing cats

Jul. 21, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a ban on the practice of declawing cats. Supporters of the measure say declawing is cruel and painful. They say cats rely on their paws and claws to groom themselves and to help protect and defend their bodies. The practice involves amputating a cat's toes...

Senate leader Courtney says he's sticking around

Jul. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says he has no plans to step aside, despite a bruising legislative session that saw two walkouts by Republicans and criticism from some of his fellow majority Democrats about the Legislature's failure to pass a climate change bill and other...

Ohio hemp businesses hire powerful Statehouse lobbyist

Jul. 21, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A powerful Statehouse lobbyist is leading a new coalition representing Ohio's burgeoning hemp industry. Grant Street Consultants' Neil Clark was appointed Wednesday. That same day, state lawmakers passeda bill allowing Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp...

Sununu vetoes bill related to transgender birth certificates

Jul. 21, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's transgender residents are expressing disappointment that Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have made it easier to change their birth records. The bill passed by the Democrat-led Legislature would have allowed transgender men and women and those...

Massachusetts senators to debate ban on child marriage

Jul. 21, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that supporters say would end child marriage in Massachusetts could soon come up for a vote in the state Senate. Under Massachusetts law, minors can marry with parental consent or a judge's order. And unlike many other U.S. states, there is no minimum age for marriage. The legislation...

Waukee's solar program now available to all of Dallas County

Jul. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michael Arkwright recently checked the solar panels on the barn behind his home outside Waukee. Even without receiving any direct sunlight, they were producing enough electricity to power his entire house — including his air conditioner — on a warm July day. Arkwright,...

Bees are dying. Would a consumer ban on a pesticide help?

Jul. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — If you find yourself sipping a cold brew with a piece of watermelon in your hand this summer, you can thank the bees for making that snack possible. Bees pollinate almost three-quarters of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world's food supply, say advocates working on...

AG: Bevin's special-session call could draw legal challenge

Jul. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Attorney General Andy Beshear on Saturday accused Gov. Matt Bevin of jeopardizing any pension-relief measure that might emerge from a special legislative session by trying to dictate the terms of legislation considered by Kentucky lawmakers. Beshear, a Democrat challenging Bevin in...

House panel advances Bevin-backed pension bill

Jul. 20, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief proposal won approval from a legislative committee on Saturday, clearing its first hurdle of the mid-summer special session. The House State Government Committee approved the measure after defeating two Democratic-sponsored proposals during a...

Sununu embraces vetoes in first year of divided government

Jul. 20, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is on a veto spree — rejecting dozens of bills so far and promising to block even more. But what critics call childish, he calls a counterweight to Democratic extremists. As of this week, Sununu had vetoed 38 bills this year, including eight on...