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FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2020 file photo, a patient is wheeled out of the Cobble Hill Health Center by emergency medical workers in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York lawmakers are considering whether to strip away pieces of the broad legal shield they gave nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities to fend off lawsuits and criminal prosecutions over coronavirus care. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NY lawmakers OK cutting back nursing homes' legal shield

Jul. 23, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers voted Thursday to strip away pieces of the broad legal shield they gave nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities to fend off lawsuits and criminal prosecutions over coronavirus care. The state Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to limit the...

This March 5, 2019 file photo shows Ohio House speaker Larry Householder speaking in Columbus, Ohio. FBI agents were at the farm of Householder on Tuesday morning, hours ahead of a planned announcement of a $60 million bribe investigation by federal prosecutors. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Ohio House speaker, 4 others arrested in $60M bribery case

Jul. 21, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The powerful Republican speaker of the Ohio House and four associates were arrested Tuesday in a $60 million federal bribery case connected to a taxpayer-funded bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. Hours after FBI agents raided Speaker Larry Householder’s farm,...

Lawmakers may revisit police misconduct investigation bill

Jul. 17, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Police reform advocates are demanding lawmakers use a special session to repeal a recently passed state law that strengthens protection for officers facing misconduct allegations. Since Gov. Steve Sisolak said he'll convene the Legislature for a special session to address criminal...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, speaks about the legislative session with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Edwards signs new lawsuits limits sought by business lobby

Jul. 16, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed the business lobby's main priority of the last election cycle into law, changes to Louisiana's civil litigation rules aimed at lessening the money people can win against insurance companies and businesses in car accident lawsuits. The bill signing...

A rental sign is posted in front of an apartment complex Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Phoenix. Housing advocacy groups have joined lawmakers lobbying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-era moratorium on evictions when it expires, when the 120-day order ending July 22 was supposed to ensure people would not lose their homes if they fell ill to COVID-19 or lost jobs in the pandemic's economic fallout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona ban on evictions set to end as heat, infections soar

Jul. 15, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Housing advocacy groups in Arizona have joined lawmakers in lobbying Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions, which will expire next week and allow authorities to start removing hundreds of renters in a state that's a national hot spot for both infections...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, speaks to voters during a town hall meeting in Belen, N.M. Torres Small announced Thursday, March 19, 2020, she will go into self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Torres Small campaign hire's gun control lobby past attacked

Jul. 15, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A new campaign manager for Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small is facing attacks from Republicans for once working for a gun control group funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Las Cruces Democrat recently announced that she had hired Emma Caccamo to win...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 12, 2020 file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, delivers his homily over mostly empty pews as he leads an Easter Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Due to coronavirus concerns, no congregants were allowed to attend the Mass which was broadcast live on local TV. The Archdiocese of New York received 15 loans worth at least $28 million just for its top executive offices. St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue was approved for at least $1 million. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

Jul. 10, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse...

Education groups lead in spending on lobbyists in Maryland

Jul. 10, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two groups advocating for education and the Maryland Jockey Club were among the organizations that spent the most on lobbyists in Maryland in the most recent reporting period, when major legislation affecting them was before state lawmakers. The spending on lobbying reported to the...

House ethics chair drops probe of Arizona lawmaker

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The head of a special Arizona House ethics committee on Wednesday said he was dropping an investigation into the actions of a fellow Republican lawmaker who faced complaints that he engaged in an improper relationship with a lobbyist and helped her avoid a tax seizure. Rep. John...

Workers install plastic partitions, with a blue removable protective covering, between desks, Monday, June 15, 2020, on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. The partitions are being installed before the expected return of lawmakers to the Statehouse on Wednesday, June 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Special session raises coronavirus concern in Nevada capital

Jul. 8, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A day before the Nevada Legislature convened for a special budget session, Kelly Crompton, a lobbyist for the city of Las Vegas, boarded a Southwest flight and headed north to Carson City. Air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic felt wrong, Compton wrote in a Twitter post . But as...