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Hawaii Tourism Authority bill advances to full Senate

Apr. 11, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is managed in Hawaii with amendments that some argue limit the duties and resources of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The bill was...

University system seeking input in implementing campus carry

Apr. 11, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — In an era marred by gun violence, the Montana University System is looking to neighboring states and public input as it prepares to allow concealed carry of firearms on campus. The new firearm carry law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte on...

Montana faith groups, advocates show LGBTQ support

Apr. 11, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Shortly after the deadly 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Courtney VonLindern, who is gay and non-binary, was walking through downtown Missoula in a state of dejection when they spotted a pride flag displayed in the window of the United...

Time ticks on Florida bills on protestors, budget, voting

Apr. 11, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers have little time to waste as they debate and finalize legislative proposals, big and small, in the waning days of the legislative session — including a state budget, a nationally watched elections bill and a so-called “anti-riot” bill that is...

Maryland lawmakers override vetoes on sweeping police reform

Apr. 10, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers voted Saturday to override Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes of three far-reaching police reform measures that supporters say are needed to increase accountability and restore public trust. One of the measures repeals job...

Bill authorizing Windham election audit sent to governor

Apr. 10, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill authorizing an audit of how votes were counted in Windham last fall is headed to the desk of Gov. Chris Sununu, who has said he would sign it. After eight candidates competed for the town's four House seats in November, a recount showed four...

Lawmakers seek long-term limit on governors' emergency power

Apr. 10, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity...

Iran says nuke program testing newest advanced centrifuge

Apr. 10, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it has begun mechanical tests on its newest advanced nuclear centrifuge, even as the five world powers that remain in a foundering 2015 nuclear deal with Iran attempt to bring the U.S. back into the agreement. Iran's IR-9...

Senate passes bill to prevent and fight wildfires

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill to create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight wildfires in Washington. The bill, promoted by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, passed Friday in Olympia. House Bill 1168 now heads back to the...

Hawaii state House leaders shelve bill to raise minimum wage

Apr. 10, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii state House leaders have resisted union pressure to revive bills that would raise the minimum wage and exempt unemployment benefits from state income taxes. House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti said the chamber would not take up the measures...