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California vaccine rules advance over emotional opposition

Apr. 24, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced tougher rules for vaccinations late Wednesday after hearing hours of testimony from hundreds of opponents while the nation grapples with the highest number of measles cases in decades. The Senate Health Committee approved the proposal to give state...

SC House gives near final backing to heartbeat abortion bill

Apr. 24, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House gave near final approval to a bill Wednesday that would ban almost all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, but the measure may have little chance of clearing the Senate. The House voted 70-31 to give the bill second reading after more than five...

Trump encourages Tennessee to pass school voucher plan

Apr. 24, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed school voucher bill in Tennessee has caught the attention and support of President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted Wednesday that Tennessee was close to "passing school choice" and all children "deserve a shot at achieving the American Dream!" The tweet comes as Republican...

Florida House passes bill allowing ex-felon voting rights

Apr. 24, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House. The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The...

Class-size reduction gets cut from Nevada education bill

Apr. 24, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A leading Nevada lawmaker on Wednesday cited funding concerns while addressing why Democrats stripped key parts of a bill that aimed to reduce class size. Majority Floor Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson told reporters Wednesday that the amended education bill no longer mandates...

California lawmakers advance plan for denser housing

Apr. 24, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced a proposal Wednesday to spur more housing near transportation and jobs and make it easier to turn single-family homes into fourplexes as the state grapples with a lack of affordable housing. The measure, a compromise between two Democratic senators,...

2020 Democrats confronting debate over letting felons vote

Apr. 24, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says that they should and that voting is "inherent to our democracy — yes, even for...

The Latest: Lawmakers combine 2 California housing bills

Apr. 24, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California proposal for denser housing near transit and jobs (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Lawmakers have compromised on two California bills aimed at increasing housing supply by applying different standards to small and large counties. The bill approved by a...

Florida House passes GOP immigration 'sanctuary' ban bill

Apr. 24, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House passed a high-profile Republican bill Wednesday requiring local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called "sanctuary city" policies that shield immigrants who are arrested. After hours of debate over two days,...

Assembly passes bills on bump stock ban, pot convictions

Apr. 24, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Bills to ban bump stocks and require safe firearm storage were among the dozens of measures Tuesday that cleared a key vote in the state Assembly ahead of a legislative deadline. Lawmakers in both chambers held a flurry of votes in lengthy floor sessions on Tuesday, a deadline day...