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Louisiana will give child victims more time to file lawsuits

Jun. 15, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation removing deadlines for Louisiana's child sex abuse victims to pursue damages in civil court, delivering a victory to survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. The new law, taking effect Aug....

Panel OKs House GOP bill to ban employer vaccine mandates

Jun. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A ban on employers mandating vaccines for their workers inched ahead in the state House on Tuesday with a committee vote supported by all Republicans and opposed by every Democrat. The main sponsor, Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, called it “a...

Senate plan would probe assets of Ohio food stamp recipients

Jun. 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans receiving food stamps would have to undergo a new “asset test” that measures total worth, including the value of cars owned by anyone in a household, under a provision in the Senate's version of the state's upcoming two-year budget. The...

Republican election bill pushed ahead over Dems' objections

Jun. 15, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans on a legislative committee Tuesday pushed out a multifaceted proposal to revamp Pennsylvania election law, a bill backers said would make need improvements and standardize procedures. Democrats were dead-set against it, insisting that...

GOP bill would prohibit requiring any vaccination in Ohio

Jun. 15, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No employer, either public or private, could require employees to receive vaccinations under GOP legislation pending in the Ohio House. Also, workers could not be fired as a result of refusing. The measure before the Republican-controlled House...

New Missouri law limits length of public health restrictions

Jun. 15, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson enacted a new law Tuesday limiting the duration of local public health restrictions and barring governments from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to use public facilities and transportation. The law took...

Athlete warning: Follow the rules at Tokyo Olympics, or else

Jun. 15, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If athletes coming to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics needed a warning, they got it Tuesday as officials rolled out the third and final rendition of so-called Playbooks — the rulebooks governing behavior for these pandemic-tainted games. The message: Follow...

New law may require special session to spend federal funds

Jun. 15, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Millions of dollars in state agency requests for federal funds may need approval of the full, recently adjourned Legislature due to a new law setting certain thresholds for such requests. The law was enacted in April after the Legislature overrode...

Bill to close state police 'fusion center' fails in Senate

Jun. 15, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate effectively ended an attempt to eliminate the state’s secretive state police “fusion center” that came under under scrutiny after a whistleblower lawsuit. The bill to close the fusion center was rejected 29-6 in the Senate on...

Hungary: Lawmakers pass law barring LGBT content for minors

Jun. 15, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination. ...