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Australia is removing British monarchy from its bank notes

Feb. 02, 2023 19:46 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is removing the British monarchy from its bank notes. The nation's central bank said Thursday its new $5 bill would feature an Indigenous design rather than an image of King Charles III. But the king is still expected to appear on coins that...

Minnesota moves toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

Feb. 02, 2023 16:46 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utilities would be obligated to transition to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 to step up the fight against climate change under a bill speeding through the Legislature. The bill was slated for a final vote on the Senate floor Thursday night...

Voting experts to guide new Wisconsin poll watcher rules

Feb. 02, 2023 16:15 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A panel of voting experts and political party appointees will help the Wisconsin Election Commission rework its rules for poll watchers ahead of the 2024 presidential race, the commission said Thursday. Poll watchers, called election observers in Wisconsin,...

Republicans set to oust Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs panel

Feb. 01, 2023 18:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Republicans are preparing to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born Muslim lawmaker, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her past comments critical of Israel — and as payback after Democrats booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees...

Brazil's Congress reelects leaders, aiding Lula's agenda

Feb. 01, 2023 18:51 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to reelect the heads of both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, bolstering President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's prospects for passing legislation and governing in the polarized nation. Chamber Speaker Arthur Lira...

Arkansas House passes school bathroom bill, heads to Senate

Feb. 01, 2023 18:01 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House on Wednesday approved legislation preventing transgender people at public schools from using bathrooms that match their gender identity, while a legislative panel endorsed a measure restricting drag performances in the state. The bills...

GOP-led panel again defeats campaign finance reform

Feb. 01, 2023 15:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican-led Virginia House panel voted down legislation early Wednesday that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses such as a vacation, mortgage or country club membership. Virginia’s elected officials are outliers in...

Missouri House OKs raising bar for constitutional amendments

Feb. 01, 2023 15:24 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican-backed proposal to make it harder to amend Missouri's constitution got initial approval from the state House on Wednesday, moving a top GOP priority closer to becoming law. Lawmakers voted 106-50 along party lines in favor of the proposed...

Lawsuit seeks to block 2 measures from April ballot

Jan. 31, 2023 17:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Wisconsin criminal justice advocacy groups seeks to block two Republican-sponsored measures from appearing on the April ballot, arguing that they were not submitted on time to the correct elections officials. One question is a...

Advocates warn House rule change could undermine voters

Jan. 31, 2023 16:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina civil rights advocates denounced a House rule change Tuesday that could allow Republicans to override vetoes on contentious bills with little notice, saying it subverts democracy and the will of voters. Republicans pushed through temporary...