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Drive to repeal law Whitmer used in pandemic clears hurdle

Apr. 19, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group trying to repeal an emergency powers law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used for months to issue coronavirus restrictions cleared a key hurdle Monday when the Michigan elections bureau said it collected enough petitions. Unlock Michigan, which...

Senate fails to override governor's veto on emergency powers

Apr. 19, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Republican-dominated Senate on Monday failed to override GOP Gov. Brad Little’s veto of a measure seeking to curb a governor’s power to respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 23-12, failing by one vote to get...

Idaho governor signs bill making ballot measures tougher

Apr. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Saturday signed legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as an attempt to stop a medical marijuana initiative and other left-leaning causes in the conservative state. ...

Treatment ban creates uncertainty for trans youth, families

Apr. 17, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Before he began receiving hormone therapy eight months ago, Dylan Brandt felt insecure and out of place. Then the 15-year-old transgender boy started taking testosterone in August. His mood improved, and his mother said he became more outgoing....

Idaho governor to veto bills curbing his emergency powers

Apr. 16, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will veto two bills intended to curb his power to respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. Little made the announcement Friday, with four former governors also voicing support for the decision. ...

Kansas governor vetoes Republicans’ proposed income tax cuts

Apr. 16, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed proposed income tax cuts in Kansas, the third time in two years that she has rejected a Republican plan and accused GOP lawmakers of trying to revive a nationally notorious fiscal experiment. ...

House OKs Senate changes to bill trimming governor's powers

Apr. 15, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Thursday approved Senate changes to a bill trimming an Idaho governor’s powers during declared emergencies while increasing the Legislature’s power. Lawmakers voted 52-15 to approve two modest changes to the bill made in the Senate. ...

Indiana lawmakers override governor's emergency powers veto

Apr. 15, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators stepped toward a possible court fight with Gov. Eric Holcomb Thursday by voting to override his veto and give themselves more authority to intervene when the state’s chief executive declares an emergency. The...

New Wisconsin Senate leader acknowledges 'rocky start'

Apr. 15, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate's new majority leader acknowledged Thursday that he got off to a “rocky” start after he ran afoul of Assembly Republicans on a COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year. Senate Republicans elected Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg as...

Conservation groups sue Engineer Corps over Yazoo Pumps

Apr. 14, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a massive flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta they say was hastily approved in the final days of the Trump administration. American Rivers, National...