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Hawaii governor urges lawmakers to revive water rights bill

Apr. 19, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor has urged state lawmakers to support a bill to change land lease requirements that could affect water rights. Democratic Gov. David Ige sent a letter to state legislative leaders asking them to resurrect a bill that would give public water users more time to meet long-term...

Virginia House releases new website on 400th anniversary

Apr. 19, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates has finished a new searchable website that has biographical sketches of every lawmaker who's served in the body for over the past 400 years. House Clerk G. Paul Nardo said Wednesday that the online database has posted information of the more than 9,700...

Tennessee bill would double Senate campaign donation limits

Apr. 19, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee senators have voted to double several campaign contribution limits. The Senate voted Thursday for Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey's bill. It still needs House approval. Currently, a Senate candidate can receive $1,600 from an individual and $12,300 from one political action...

Kansas artist battles health care system as disease advances

Apr. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — In a small back room of his Kansas City, Kansas, art studio, Michael Brantley pointed out a painting stretching across one wall. It was a bird's-eye view of a man playing a trumpet that Brantley said was once part of a temporary exhibit at the American Jazz Museum. A potential big...

Michigan House targets unlicensed pot shops still operating

Apr. 18, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are intervening in a long-running legal dispute over unlicensed medical marijuana shops, pushing to enact a firm deadline by which the businesses must close or risk their ability to get a license. The House voted 102-4 Thursday in favor of legislation that would...

Montana governor's 3 vetoes include Social Security tax bill

Apr. 18, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor has vetoed three bills including an increase in Social Security exemptions. The Independent Record reports that Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed the bills Thursday before the state Legislature's Easter break. Bullock says in his veto letter that the Social...

Florida House, Senate move closer on hospital licensing bill

Apr. 18, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate is moving closer to a House proposal that would eliminate a requirement that hospitals and other health care facilities show there is a demand for their services before getting licensed to build or expand. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill...

Forecast gives Kansas a little room on Medicaid, tax relief

Apr. 18, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials issued a new fiscal forecast Thursday that's slightly more optimistic about how much tax revenue the state should expect to collect over the next two years, creating a little more breathing room for expanding Medicaid or providing tax relief. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...

Political consultant charged in SC corruption investigation

Apr. 18, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina political consultant was formally charged Thursday in an investigation of statehouse corruption. A grand jury indicted Richard Quinn, 74, on 11 counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. The indictments accuse Quinn of lying during two appearances before the...

Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian culture protections push

Apr. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a...