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Medical marijuana bill heads to key House vote

Apr. 15, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A second legislative committee on Thursday approved a medical marijuana bill, putting the proposal in line for a key vote in the House of Representatives. The House Health Committee approved the legislation by Republican Sen. Tim Melson of...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Apr. 15, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: And the 2021 hypocrisy award goes to ... April 15 The Lewiston Tribune The Idaho Legislature may not go home for weeks, but already, the session’s prize for blatant...

Idaho panel OKs plan for lawmakers to call special sessions

Apr. 15, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into session. The House State Affairs Committee on a voice vote sent the resolution to the full House, where it will need a...

Germany sees record vaccinations amid hospital warning

Apr. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Thursday that the country has set a new record for the number of COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day, even as authorities warned that hospitals are seeing a “dramatic” rise in the number of coronavirus patients needing treatment. ...

Indiana House votes to override emergency powers bill veto

Apr. 15, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators inched towards a possible court fight with Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday by voting to override his veto and give themselves more authority to intervene during governor-declared emergencies. The Republican-dominated House voted 59-26...

French lawmakers OK security bill increasing police powers

Apr. 15, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament passed a security bill Thursday to extend police powers despite criticism from civil rights activists who fear it threatens efforts to denounce police abuse. The bill was approved 75 votes for to 33 against at the National Assembly,...

House passes transgender sports bill, on to the Senate

Apr. 15, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota House has passed a bill restricting transgender girls from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports and sent the legislation to the Senate. The bill passed Wednesday prohibits K-12 schools from...

House panel votes to advance bill on slavery reparations

Apr. 14, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves by approving legislation Wednesday that would create a commission to study the issue. It's the first time the House Judiciary Committee has acted on the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 14, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 9 The Palm Beach Post on the Florida governor’s banning of COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’: Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is taking a bold step toward...

Proposal in Alabama to up protection for Confederate statues

Apr. 14, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker who disputes that slavery was the cause of the Civil War has proposed fining cities $10,000 a day for taking down Confederate and other longstanding monuments, a bill that drew contentious debate on Wednesday. The House State...