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Kosovo criticizes Council of Europe for not holding a vote on its membership, blames Serbia lobbying

May. 17, 2024 11:39 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Friday criticized the Council of Europe 's decision against holding a vote on its membership, saying it deprived its people and especially its ethnic minorities of democratic tools offered by the continent’s top human rights body. Kosovo’s...

New York appeals court rules ethics watchdog that pursued Cuomo was created unconstitutionally

May. 09, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state commission that investigates ethical violations in New York was created unconstitutionally, an appeals court said Thursday in a ruling in favor of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo that targets the watchdog agency’s enforcement powers. Cuomo is fighting in...

Ohio state lawmaker's hostile behavior justified legislative punishments, report concludes

Apr. 08, 2024 11:39 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An independent state-ordered investigation has concluded that Ohio legislative leaders were justified in disciplining a state lawmaker who was removed by House Democratic leadership from committees and banned from contacting staff following an alleged pattern of “erratic...

In the Kansas House, when lobbyists ask for new laws, their names go on the bills

Mar. 26, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For years, pinning down the source of a bill in the Kansas Legislature could be a chore for lawmakers' constituents. Committees sponsor almost 85% of the proposals, so finding the group or lobbyist responsible could require questioning multiple lawmakers or, in recent years,...

TikTok bill faces uncertain fate in the Senate as legislation to regulate tech industry has stalled

Mar. 25, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The young voices in the messages left for North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis were laughing, but the words were ominous. “OK, listen, if you ban TikTok I will find you and shoot you,” one said, giggling and talking over other young voices in the background....

As TikTok bill steams forward, online influencers put on their lobbying hats to visit Washington

Mar. 12, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers, meet your latest lobbyists: online influencers from TikTok. The platform is once again bringing influencers to Washington, this time to lobby members of Congress to reject a fast-moving bill that would force TikTok's Beijing-based parent company to sell...

Georgia lawmakers approve tax credit for gun safety training, ban on merchant code for gun stores

Feb. 27, 2024 18:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Separate gun bills passed by the Georgia House of Representatives Tuesday would provide a tax credit to pay for gun safety training and gun safes, while another would prohibit financial institutions from using a code to distinguish firearms retailers. The tax credit...