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5 of 13 marijuana bills passed in New Hampshire

Sep. 21, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers considered more than a dozen bills related to marijuana this year, but fewer than half of them became law. A push to have the state join others that have legalized recreational use of the drug fizzled, as did efforts to expand the qualifying conditions for the...

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce medical marijuana bill

Sep. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of lawmakers launched another push Friday to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin, introducing a bill that would allow patients to use the drug if they register with the state and create a licensing system for growers. Thirty-three states, including neighboring Michigan,...

Cooper vetoes annual North Carolina regulatory cleanup bill

Sep. 20, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the annual legislation pitched by Republicans as reducing and streamlining North Carolina regulations. The Democratic governor wrote Friday that a couple of provisions in the 25-page Regulatory Reform Act of 2019 threaten public health and safety....

Wyoming officials vote to advance state income tax proposal

Sep. 20, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state officials have voted to advance legislation that would enact a state corporate income tax. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that the Joint Committee on Revenue voted in favor of the bill, leaving its creator to work out incomplete details before the January 2020...

House votes to end forced arbitration in business disputes

Sep. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Friday to end forced arbitration clauses that prevent workers and consumers from filing lawsuits in disputes with companies over employment practices, billing or civil rights. Supporters, mostly Democrats, said the bill would restore access to justice for...

Wisconsin legislators push in-state tuition for tribes

Sep. 20, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of lawmakers is introducing a bill that would allow American Indians from anywhere in the United States to pay resident tuition at University of Wisconsin System schools. The bill's chief sponsors, Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy, Republican Rep. Jeff Mursau and Democratic...

Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

State police union to stop paying ex-president's legal fees

Sep. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The union representing Massachusetts State Police troopers and sergeants says it has voted to stop paying the legal fees for its former president who was indicted on several federal charges last week. The Boston Globe reports the State Police Association of Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly...

Trump says gun bill negotiations going 'very slowly'

Sep. 19, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun sales. In a Fox News interview, Trump said no deal is...

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices

Sep. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no...