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Indiana lawmakers advance bill banning transgender athletes

Jan. 24, 2022 17:22 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers advanced a Republican-backed bill Monday that would ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity. The bill would prohibit students who were born male but identify as female from...

Court strikes Michigan law to make petition drives harder

Jan. 24, 2022 16:56 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An effort by Republicans to make it harder to change Michigan law through petition drives was declared unconstitutional Monday by the state Supreme Court. The court struck down a 15% geographic cap on the number of signatures to get an issue on the statewide ballot....

Senate gives preliminary OK to medical suicide law changes

Jan. 24, 2022 15:23 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — The Vermont Senate is expected to give final approval on Tuesday to changes to the state's 2013 medical suicide law to make it more accessible for terminally ill patients to get a prescription to hasten their deaths. On Friday, Sen. Ruth Hardy asked...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jan. 24, 2022 14:17 PM EST

Dallas Morning News. Jan. 19, 2022. Editorial: Meta’s move to Texas isn’t going to solve Facebook’s problems First, welcome to Texas, Facebook. Beg your pardon, Meta. Even if we are still adjusting to the rebranding, we are glad that one of the...

Djokovic could play in France under latest vaccine rules

Jan. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked player Novak Djokovic could be allowed to defend his French Open title under the latest COVID-19 rules adopted by the French government, even if he is still not vaccinated when the clay-court Grand Slam starts in May. Djokovic was deported from Australia and...

Noncitizen voting ban measure falls short in Georgia Senate

Jan. 24, 2022 12:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate on Monday rejected a plan to amend the state constitution to include a ban on voting by noncitizens that is already in state law. Senate Resolution 363 won a 33-14 majority, but fell short of the two-thirds majority of 38 needed for a...

Governor delays new nursing home staffing requirements

Jan. 23, 2022 14:01 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is delaying a new law that would fine nursing homes for failing to comply with minimum staffing requirements. Gov. Dan McKee signed an executive order Friday that delays the law from going into effect until at least Feb. 14, the Providence...

New Mexico tax law unintentionally cuts into city revenues

Jan. 23, 2022 11:22 AM EST

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The city of Hobbs is pushing to amend a state law that city officials say is resulting in an unintended loss of gross receipts tax revenue for the community. The measure passed by the New Mexico Legislature and enthusiastically signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan...

High truck towing costs in Wyoming prompt calls for reform

Jan. 22, 2022 10:12 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Slick, snowy highways are a well-known concern to anyone driving through Wyoming during winter. But for some, the worst part of sliding off the interstate or having your semitrailer blow over from the Cowboy State’s famous winds is dealing with the aftermath. ...

With Roe in doubt, states act on abortion limits, expansions

Jan. 22, 2022 09:42 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It didn't take long for abortion to re-emerge as a flashpoint in state legislatures. Less than a month into the 2022 legislative sessions, battles over the future of abortion already are setting up around the U.S. Republican lawmakers are proposing new...