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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems thwart Senate Republicans on 2 abortion-related bills

Feb. 25, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...

SD lawmakers reject bill to stop school vaccine requirements

Feb. 25, 2020 3:31 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday rejected a proposal to stop schools from requiring students to get vaccinations. A House committee heard emotional testimony from parents on both sides of the issue but decided to effectively kill the bill, saying it would have resulted in decreased...

Parents and vaccine skeptics chant

Religious exemption vaccine bill clears Connecticut panel

Feb. 24, 2020 6:12 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut legislative committee voted Monday to advance legislation that would eliminate the state's religious exemption for certain childhood vaccines, despite vocal opposition from hundreds of parents and children who packed the Connecticut Capitol complex in hopes of...

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Frustration mounts about Louisiana Medicaid contract dispute

Feb. 21, 2020 3:49 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are growing frustrated with an ongoing dispute over $21 billion in state Medicaid contracts, with a crucial decision on the deals expected next month but unlikely to settle the matter. Legislative irritation about the handling of the contracts by Gov. John Bel...

FILE - In a Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, Kentucky Republican state Rep. Jason Nemes walks into a private meeting of the state House of Representatives in Frankfort, Ky. After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes. 
The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after a long debate, sending the proposal to the Senate. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

Kentucky House votes to legalize medical marijuana

Feb. 20, 2020 9:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after an emotional debate, sending the proposal to the Senate. Both...

Demonstrators protest outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Protesters gathered Thursday outside Portugal's where lawmakers were due to debate proposals that would allow euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. Groups which oppose the procedures waved banners and chanted

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

Feb. 20, 2020 2:19 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people. The landmark vote left Portugal poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting the procedures. However, the country's president...

Nebraska senators advance emergency medical services bill

Feb. 20, 2020 1:17 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would prohibit Nebraska health care providers from charging patients higher, out-of-network rates for emergency services won first-round approval Thursday from state lawmakers. Senators voted 43-0 to advance the measure through the first of three required votes. Sen. Adam...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Sanders: Democrat with most delegates should win

Feb. 19, 2020 11:09 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the 2020 presidential campaign and Democratic debat e (all times local): 8 p.m. Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic candidate on the debate stage who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he or she doesn't...

Ohio governments working to craft unusual opioid bargain

Feb. 19, 2020 1:27 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor, attorney general and dozens of local governments are nearing agreement on divvying up proceeds of a potentially huge settlement with the opioid industry, hoping to avoid mistakes made with the national tobacco settlement. The so-called “One Ohio”...

Florida lawmakers to ban discrimination in organ transplants

Feb. 18, 2020 5:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Legislature is moving toward ensuring new protections for disabled people who may need organ transplants, part of a national trend among states. The proposals would formally ban insurance companies and others from denying transplants for anyone with physical or mental...