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GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 2:10 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Panel calls for Virginia to purge dozens of old racist laws

Dec. 5, 2019 6:47 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the...

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Dec. 5, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation also would simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Although the amended...

California rent control advocates try again on 2020 ballot

Dec. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group behind a failed 2018 rent control measure is trying again for a ballot initiative next year, even after California lawmakers limited rent increases as one attempt to blunt the state’s housing affordability crisis. The housing advocacy division of the AIDS Healthcare...

NJ advances bill banning single-use plastic, paper bags

Dec. 5, 2019 5:57 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday to ban single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as plastic foam containers commonly used for takeout. The Democrat-led Senate Budget Committee passed the measure after it was amended behind closed doors. The bill's sponsors call it...

Projected $1.3B surplus sets up Minnesota budget debate

Dec. 5, 2019 5:25 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota budget officials projected a $1.332 billion surplus in the current two-year budget period on Thursday, setting up contentious debates for the 2020 legislative session on whether to save the extra money or spend it, possibly to cover tax cuts. Budget Commissioner Myron Frans...

Pelosi sets Medicare showdown on drug costs and new benefits

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered. Leading Democratic committee chairmen said the Congressional...

US likely to hit China over human rights despite trade talks

Dec. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he tries to deliver a long-sought trade deal with Beijing. Members of the Senate said Thursday that they expect to quickly and...

Report finds gaps in Delaware prison health care system

Dec. 5, 2019 4:39 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The head of Delaware's prison system insisted Thursday that inmates are getting good medical care, but a new report indicates the correction department's health care system is plagued by poor communic ations, little accountability and a lack of data collection and analysis. The...