Latest Legislature News

Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Jun. 19, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for...

Nonprofit oil alliance spends on grant writer for New Mexico

Jun. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit alliance of energy companies has spent $80,000 on a grant writer to help New Mexico's Transportation Department pursue federal grants. The state's Legislative Finance Committee announced in a newsletter Tuesday the support from the Permian Strategic Partnership. The...

House panel scheduled to vote on expanding concealed carry

Jun. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee has scheduled a vote on legislation allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons without having to receive training, undergo a background check or obtain a license. The House Federalism Committee meets Wednesday on the bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Hood of...

New York set to adopt aggressive emission reduction goals

Jun. 19, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive emission reduction goals under a proposal worked out by state leaders and endorsed by the state Senate Tuesday night. Under the legislation, New York would generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 and reduce...

The Latest: NY set to adopt landmark emission reduction goal

Jun. 19, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature (all times local): 12:40 a.m. New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive emission reduction goals under legislation endorsed by the state Senate. Under the proposal, New York would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and...

Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state

Jun. 19, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria state...

Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade's absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi...

Lawmakers will hear from pilots who have criticized Boeing

Jun. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines says Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and not telling pilots about new flight-control software on the plane. Daniel Carey says Boeing's zeal to minimize pilot-training costs for airlines that would buy its 737 Max jet contributed to errors...

Pot, guns, sports betting on agenda for lawmakers' last day

Jun. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are set to finish up their 2019 legislative session and tidy up work on marijuana sales, gun control and online sports betting bills. The Legislature's last scheduled day is Wednesday. Lawmakers say they hope to finish their remaining work Wednesday, even if that means...

As Hong Kong protests quiet down, what's next?

Jun. 18, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over. The way forward for both Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her opponents is uncertain because of the limits...