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Indian protesters stage shutdown against citizenship bill

Dec. 10, 2019 4:03 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators closed down streets in northeastern India on Tuesday as part of an 11-hour shutdown in protest of legislation that would grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus and other religious minorities from Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who...

Lamont doesn't rule out January vote on transportation bill

Dec. 9, 2019 5:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he hopes Connecticut lawmakers will vote next week on a transportation improvement plan that includes truck-only tolls, but isn't ruling out a possible vote in January. The Democratic governor and legislative leaders have discussed the possibility of...

Wyoming governor considers suing Washington over terminal

Dec. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor says he continues to consider a possible lawsuit against Washington state over construction of the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Republican Gov. Mark Gordon says he has asked Attorney General Bridget Hill to give...

Few female legislators in Wyoming can cause challenges

Dec. 9, 2019 12:02 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — When Bernadine Craft first arrived in Cheyenne as a member of the House of Representatives nearly a dozen years ago, one of her first lessons in Wyoming politics came from a veteran female lawmaker. She offered Craft the same lesson numerous women have heard since first gaining seats in...

Analysis: New leaders set course for Mississippi Legislature

Dec. 8, 2019 4:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers begin their new term Jan. 7, with Republicans maintaining large majorities in the House and Senate. Some leadership jobs will change hands, including chairmanships of important committees. Republican Philip Gunn of Clinton has enough support among current and...

Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

Dec. 7, 2019 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Donald Trump and past-ripe issues...

Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays

Dec. 6, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses. The updated legislation unveiled by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would lower the...

Governor puts House on timetable to pass minimum wage bill

Dec. 6, 2019 5:48 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is putting the state House of Representatives on a timeline to pass legislation he has long sought to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage, saying Friday that the Republican-controlled chamber has until the end of the month. If the House doesn't pass the bill, Wolf's...

WV House to return for special session later this month

Dec. 6, 2019 5:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates will reconvene later this month to continue the second special legislative session, officials said Friday. Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw on Friday issued a call for the chamber to meet Monday, Dec. 16, at noon. A spokesman for the House...

Look out texters: Official wants distracted driving cameras

Dec. 6, 2019 4:30 PM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A new set of eyes may soon be watching some Maryland roads: Surveillance cameras that can see if drivers are using their cellphones. Montgomery County Councilman Tom Hucker asked Democratic Maryland Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher Monday to file a bill that would allow the county to use...