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Pennsylvania's COVID-19 emergency declaration formally ends

Jun. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration on Tuesday certified the results of the May primary election, bringing a formal end to the disaster emergency declaration that the Democrat first issued at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Acting Secretary of...

Vermont man will ask for dismissal of magazine case, again

Jun. 15, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with illegally possessing large-capacity rifle magazines will file a second motion to have his case dismissed, this time arguing for his rights under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Max Misch faces two...

Bill to let Philly voters recall elected officials gets vote

Jun. 15, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphians would be able to hold an election to remove elected officials under a bill the House State Government Committee advanced Tuesday on party lines. Until the meeting, the Republican-sponsored bill had applied to the state's governor,...

Pennsylvania Republicans eye referendums to get past vetoes

Jun. 14, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature are increasingly looking to take a different avenue to write laws, voter referendums, to get around Gov. Tom Wolf and make policy that the Democrat cannot block with his veto pen. On Friday,...

Analysis: Big decisions await governor, voters after session

Jun. 13, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers wrangled their votes, worked out their deals and wrapped up their session. But they still have two hurdles to getting their most significant measures enacted: persuading the voters and surviving the governor's veto pen. One...

New Mexico congresswoman joins Biden's pre-K investment push

Jun. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández told a crowd of educators and parents on Friday that she wants federal help to cap child care costs and raise pay for child care workers. The Democrat toured a pre-K Santa Fe school in her home...

More than 100K Oklahomans sign up under Medicaid expansion

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Oklahomans have qualified for Medicaid since enrollment began this month under an expansion of the program that voters approved last year, state officials said Friday. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees the Medicaid...

Delaware Senate OKs bill on cash bail, sends it to the House

Jun. 10, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s state Senate approved a bill Thursday requiring more people charged with crimes to pay cash bail in order to be released from custody pending trial. The legislation, which cleared the Senate on a 19-2 vote and now goes to the House,...

State lawmakers send 'millionaire tax' question to voters

Jun. 09, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers voted Wednesday to put the fate of a proposed “millionaire tax” constitutional amendment in the hands of voters on next year’s ballot. The proposal passed on a 159-41 vote in a joint session of the Legislature, guaranteeing it...

House votes to end governor's pandemic disaster declaration

Jun. 08, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives voted on party lines Tuesday to put an end to the governor's pandemic disaster emergency declaration, less than a month after voters dramatically expanded lawmakers' powers to control such declarations. The...