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Missouri bill to ban enforcement of federal gun rules signed

Jun. 12, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Saturday signed a bill banning local police from enforcing federal gun rules, a change Democrats have predicted will be shot down in the courts. Parson signed the measure, which will penalize local...

Tuesday special elections are first test of new Georgia law

Jun. 12, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler’s most pressing problem with adhering to Georgia’s new election law before a June 15 special election is finding some heavy equipment to erect a large sign in front of a church that won’t be used as a voting precinct. ...

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Jun. 12, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and...

Transgender athletes fight Florida’s new ban

Jun. 12, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — They’ve spent months in limbo, anxiously waiting to figure out how they would be able to celebrate Pride Month 2021. They could emerge from more than a year of isolation to celebrate their identities with the rest of their community, free...

California governor signs orders to roll back virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's official: Most of California's coronavirus rules governing public gatherings will disappear on Tuesday after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Friday afternoon that heralds the end of the pandemic's hold on much of public life for the nation's most...

$15-a-month internet law on hold in New York, judge rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York cannot require internet providers to offer broadband service for low-income customers for as little as $15-a-month starting next week, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in...

US will revisit Trump-era decision for Alaska rainforest

Jun. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Friday to “repeal or replace” a decision by the Trump administration last fall to lift restrictions on logging and road building in a southeast Alaska rainforest that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. ...

Justice Department will review restrictive GOP voting laws

Jun. 11, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will scrutinize a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, vowing to take action on any violations of federal law. He announced plans to double...

State board ordered to OK bill to end emergency powers law

Jun. 11, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature can repeal a law that was the backbone of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders, without her interference, after a unanimous decision Friday from the Michigan Supreme Court. The order to certify the...

Montana law upheld allowing governor to appoint judges

Jun. 11, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a new law allowing the governor to directly nominate judges to fill vacancies — giving Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Republican-controlled Legislature a win in the first of a series of challenges to laws...