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House passes marijuana legalization bill, sends it to Senate

Jun. 16, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Proponents of legalizing the adult use of marijuana in Connecticut dodged a threatened veto on Wednesday, advancing a revamped bill that Gov. Ned Lamont supports by a narrow vote in the House of Representatives. The much-debated proposal now...

Ohio House expels former Republican speaker in historic vote

Jun. 16, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio House expelled Rep. Larry Householder, the federally indicted Republican ex-speaker, Wednesday in a bipartisan vote that invoked their powers to remove a member for the first time in 150 years. The GOP-controlled House voted...

Schumer, White House back repeal of Iraq War authorization

Jun. 16, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are endorsing efforts to terminate the 2002 authorization of military force against Iraq, a step that supporters say is necessary to constrain presidential war powers even though it is unlikely to affect U.S....

Evers promises to sign police bills, calls for more

Jun. 16, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers promised to sign bills banning chokeholds and making other policing changes passed by the state Assembly on Wednesday, while also calling on lawmakers to go farther to make law enforcement more accountable and transparent. Evers said...

Justice Dept.: Missouri governor can't void federal gun laws

Jun. 16, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is warning Missouri officials that the state can’t ignore federal law, after the governor signed a bill last week that bans police from enforcing federal gun rules. In a letter sent Wednesday night and obtained by The...

New law extends some Massachusetts pandemic-era policies

Jun. 16, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday — such as allowing restaurants to offer take-out cocktails — were quickly extended Wednesday after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill sent to him by state lawmakers. The new law would also...

Illinois becomes latest state to make Juneteenth a holiday

Jun. 16, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois became the latest state to make Juneteenth an official state holiday as Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure Wednesday near a rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The new law making June 19 a paid holiday for state employees and...

Hawaii becomes 49th state to recognize Juneteenth

Jun. 16, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii on Wednesday became the 49th state to officially recognize Juneteenth when the governor signed legislation designating June 19 as a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Gov. David Ige signed the bill just hours before the...

Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun. 16, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the nation. The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk, and...

2 South Carolina executions halted until firing squad formed

Jun. 16, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of a firing squad option set out in the state's newly revised capital punishment law. ...