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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015, file photo, protesters fill the Capitol rotunda in Helena, Mont., during a rally to show support in an attempt to change the Montana Constitution to define life as beginning at conception. Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass into law bills previously vetoed by Democratic governors. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Montana GOP revives vetoed bills, focusing on abortion, guns

Jan. 21, 2021 1:21 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass...

Mississippi teacher pay bill clears 1 step, goes to House

Jan. 21, 2021 1:20 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators asked no questions Thursday before voting unanimously to move forward with a teacher pay raise proposal. But, the vote was just one step in what could be a long legislative process, and the bill awaits an uncertain fate. House leaders say they want more...

Burlington voters to decide whether to host cannabis shops

Jan. 21, 2021 12:53 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington voters will be deciding on Town Meeting Day in March whether Vermont’s largest city should become host to shops that sell recreational marijuana. The City Council decided to put the measure before voters on Town Meeting Day, WCAX-TV reported. If approved, some of...

Justice: Technology helped Nebraska courts face pandemic

Jan. 21, 2021 12:41 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's courts have faced a big challenge due to the coronavirus pandemic but continue to serve the public with the use of technology, the state's chief justice said Thursday. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican said the pandemic forced the courts to turn to...

Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Legislature

Jan. 21, 2021 12:34 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. The Senate bill seeks to expand sports betting to include the state’s licensed card rooms...

Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 12:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advancing a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution insisted Thursday that it should go on the state's August 2022 primary ballot, prompting criticism that they fear failure if the statewide vote is held in a different election. The...

Senate fails to hold oil executives responsible for damage

Jan. 21, 2021 11:47 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to hold liable any corporate officer responsible for oil- and gas-related violations. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Greater North Dakota Chamber had lobbied against the bill, saying it unfairly...

Bill advances concerning transgender youth in school sports

Jan. 21, 2021 11:22 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a bill that would prohibit transgender students from participating on school sports teams of the gender with which they identify. The bill passed in a 11-8 vote, with one Republican lawmaker joining all committee Democrats...

Minnesota pharmacies request to be part of vaccine rollout

Jan. 21, 2021 11:08 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota pharmacies and health care providers are asking the state to include them in the coronavirus vaccine rollout as the demand for a shot among seniors far outpaces the state's limited supply. Pharmacists testified before a Minnesota Senate health committee on Wednesday, telling...

Republican state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks speaks to reporters during an election night watch party, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Riverside, Iowa. Miller-Meeks is running for the seat in the state's 2nd Congressional District. (Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP)

New Iowa rep asking House to dismiss contest in 6-vote race

Jan. 21, 2021 11:01 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa will ask the U.S. House to dismiss an election contest filed by her Democratic challenger that argues the 6-vote race was wrongly decided. Miller-Meeks will argue in a filing to the House that lawmakers shouldn't consider Rita...