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Panel starts work studying uses for oil tax savings account

Aug. 15, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A legislative panel has begun its work to study potential uses of earnings from North Dakota's Legacy Fund, the voter-approved oil tax savings account. The 11-member committee that includes Senate and House majority and minority leaders held its first meeting Thursday. Four additional...

Alaska groups urge governor not to veto dividend payments

Aug. 13, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Leaders of two Alaska groups fighting for a full Permanent Fund Dividend are arguing that Gov. Mike Dunleavy should not veto the Legislature's dividend payment, a report said. The Permanent Fund Defenders are asking the Republican governor to view a PFD — or oil-wealth fund...

Governor, Senate leaders choose voter-approved ethics panel

Aug. 8, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A retired judge, a lawyer, a former mayor of a North Dakota oil boom town, a retired military general and a tribal college president were selected Thursday by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and Senate leaders to sit on the state's voter-approved ethics commission. Burgum, Republican...

Bid to block California ballot measure costs taxpayers

Aug. 7, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Backers of a pending criminal justice initiative say California taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $60,000 in legal fees after a judge rejected former Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to bounce it from next year's ballot. Brown argued the measure lacked enough valid signatures to roll...

Initiative petition seeks ranked voting in Massachusetts

Aug. 7, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A proposed ballot question calling for a ranked-choice voting method in future state and federal elections and primaries in Massachusetts is among more than a dozen proposed questions and constitutional amendments filed with the state attorney general's office. Supporters filed the measure...

Connecticut lawmaker seeks constitutional convention on guns

Aug. 6, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A top Connecticut state lawmaker on Tuesday raised the idea of states banding together to request a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and ban assault-style firearms. Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter, the Democratic majority leader of the House of Representatives,...

4 sue to block California tax return law aimed at Trump

Aug. 5, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four California voters have sued to block a new state law aimed at forcing Republican President Donald Trump to release his income tax returns. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law last week that requires presidential candidates to file five years of their income tax returns...

Puerto Ricans await court decision on potential new governor

Aug. 5, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on a lawsuit that the island's Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island's governor. The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting that no...

Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in

Aug. 2, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. territory into a period of fresh political uncertainty. Rosselló had promised to step...

Ex-Walmart manager heads Missouri medical marijuana program

Aug. 2, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Like many elderly, frail people, Lyndall Fraker's parents spent their final days on a morphine drip, drugged into incoherence. Fraker, appointed in December to lead Missouri's medical marijuana program, wonders now what the family missed out on in those days — what his...