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Lawmakers OK greater lobbyist disclosure over GOP complaints

Nov. 14, 2019 7:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved requiring more public disclosure about lobbyists Thursday in response to a federal bribery charge against a since-disgraced representative but pushed heavy ethics-reform lifting off to a newly created commission that will report recommendations next...

Adoptees receive right to birth certificate under new NY law

Nov. 14, 2019 6:53 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Adoptees can soon obtain a certified birth certificate under a new law passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law Thursday. The law is set to take effect Jan. 15. Under the current law, adoptees must go before a judge to request access...

Kansas City bans gay conversion therapy

Nov. 14, 2019 6:47 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conversion therapy for LGBTQ young people will not be allowed in Kansas City. The city council on Thursday approved an ordinance banning the therapy, which tries to change a gay or transgender person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The therapy also has been banned in...

Long Island Catholic diocese challenges NY Child Victims Act

Nov. 14, 2019 5:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Catholic officials on Long Island have filed a legal challenge arguing that the Child Victims Act that loosened statutes of limitations on molestation cases violates the New York state constitution. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville said in a court filing Tuesday that a provision of...

Kansas dioceses tie Medicaid expansion to abortion changes

Nov. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The four Catholic dioceses in Kansas will not support expanding Medicaid to thousands more low-income adults and children unless the state passes a constitutional amendment and new laws restricting abortion, the head of the Kansas Catholic Conference said. Chuck Weber, the...

New Jersey lawmakers advance e-cigarette flavor ban

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Candy, cocoa and chocolate, as well as any other flavor of e-cigarette, are among the flavors New Jersey lawmakers sought to prohibit on Thursday, along with a separate ban on menthol-flavored traditional cigarettes. New Jersey’s Democrat-led Assembly and Senate health...

Justice calls lawmakers back to Capitol for special session

Nov. 14, 2019 4:32 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling lawmakers back for another special legislative session. The Republican governor on Thursday issued a proclamation to have the legislature take up bills dealing with tourism tax credits, expunging DUI offenses and the state road fund on...

The Latest: House OKs easier access to lobbyist information

Nov. 14, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The House has overwhelmingly approved a measure ease access to disclosure requirements for lobbyists who try to influence the General Assembly. Debate lasted more than an hour before the 109-5 vote....

Colorado governor vows to fight for DACA recipients

Nov. 14, 2019 4:23 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis vowed Thursday to fight for thousands of immigrants who live and work in Colorado as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could end an Obama-era program protecting them from the threat of deportation. Pressed by reporters on a conference call, the Democratic governor...

WVa education board puts charter school plan up for comment

Nov. 14, 2019 1:53 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education will give the public 60 days to comment on a proposal on charter schools, double the normal allotted time. The board put the policy proposal up for comment Thursday. Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Justice authorizes a staggered implementation of...