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Bill aimed at enforcing age limits at vape shops advances

Oct. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vape shops and other tobacco stores that sell to underage customers could swiftly lose their permits if they sell to underage customers under a draft bill that's getting an early nod of approval from Utah lawmakers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican sponsor Rep. Karianne...

Hawaii County committee approves banning herbicide use

Oct. 17, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii County Council committee has approved a proposed ban on using herbicides on county property, news reports said. The Agriculture, Water, Energy and Environmental Management Committee voted Tuesday to forward the bill to the first of two required council hearings. The bill...

Lawmakers introduce bill prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination

Oct. 16, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill to forbid employment and housing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. The latest iteration of the Ohio Fairness Act was introduced by Democratic Rep. Michael Skindell and Republican Rep. Brett Hillyer on Wednesday. The Columbus...

Michigan Senate addresses police interactions with autistic

Oct. 16, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday aimed to improve police officers' interactions with those with autism or hearing issues by unanimously passing bills that would let people voluntarily designate their disorders when registering a car and getting a driver's license. The legislation...

Michigan Legislature OKs raising age for adult prosecution

Oct. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to bills that would end Michigan's status as one of just a handful of states where 17-year-old offenders are prosecuted as adults. Starting in October 2021, 17-year-olds would be handled in the juvenile system. Prosecutors could still try...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Black boxes in cars must be priority Altoona Mirror Oct. 16 Most Pennsylvania motorists, at least the owners or leasers of many newer models, probably are unaware that their personal vehicles might be equipped with a...

Democrats seek debate on legislature's sex harassment bill

Oct. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrats are trying to revive legislation this year to create an updated process to investigate sexual harassment claims involving North Carolina legislators and General Assembly workers. Sen. Erica Smith of Northampton County is attempting a parliamentary maneuver to move a bill she...

House backs 3 bills to support protests in Hong Kong

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed three bills Tuesday aimed at showing U.S. support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The action follows months of protests over the Beijing government's aggressive attempts to enforce control over the semi-autonomous territory. One of the bills condemns China's...

France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the...

Florida considers forcing collection of tax on online sales

Oct. 15, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Online sellers would have to automatically collect sales tax from Floridians and submit it to the state under a bill moving in the Florida Senate. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters said Florida consumers are...