Latest Legislature News

Voters in Malawi go to polls to elect president, parliament

May. 21, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — More than 6 million Malawians are voting Tuesday for president, parliament and local councils in the country's sixth election since the 1994 end of dictatorship. Of a field of seven presidential candidates, incumbent 78-year-old President Peter Mutharika faces stiff competition from...

Opponents mobilize against easing Duke Energy rate increases

May. 21, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Opponents want North Carolina lawmakers to reject Duke Energy Corp.'s push to line up profitable infrastructure projects years into the future and bypass lengthy regulatory battles. Energy Justice NC, NC WARN and other environmental advocates are organizing citizens on Tuesday who want...

Australia government says it won't break election tax pledge

May. 21, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's newly reelected administration says its promise to slash income taxes might be delivered late but won't be broken as the government hopes to stimulate consumer spending and revive a flagging economy. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday passing the legislation that...

Lawmakers push for banning baby crib bumper pads

May. 21, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two New York state lawmakers are calling on fellow legislators to ban the sale of a type of baby crib accessory that has been blamed for the deaths of dozens of infants since the mid-1980s. Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Westchester, will join members...

Jailed deputies allowed to attend Spanish Parliament session

May. 21, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A fragmented Spanish Parliament has convened for the first time, including five Catalan politicians released from prison for the occasion and escorted there by police. Four separatists, on trial for Catalonia's 2017 secession attempt, were elected to the Congress of Deputies and one to the...

NY bill would create restaurant tax break for oyster shells

May. 21, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation before New York state lawmakers would create a new tax break for restaurants who donate oyster shells for environmental conservation. Under the bill, the state would award a 10-cent tax credit for every pound of shells, up to $1,000. Old shells provide vital habitat for new...

The Latest: Cohen links Trump's lawyer to false tower date

May. 21, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House intelligence committee's transcripts of interviews with President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen (all times local): 9:05 p.m. President Donald Trump's former fixer told Congress it was Trump's personal attorney who suggested he tell lawmakers that the...

France's Macron accuses Bannon, Russians of eroding Europe

May. 21, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is accusing former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and Russian oligarchs of conspiring with Europe's nationalists to dismantle the European Union. The centrist French leader said in an interview with French regional newspapers published Tuesday that Europeans...

'Medicare for All's' rich benefits 'leapfrog' other nations

May. 21, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Generous benefits. No copays. No need for private policies. The "Medicare for All" plan advocated by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what's offered in other advanced countries, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal. While other countries...

McGahn to skip hearing as Democrats debate next steps

May. 21, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are facing yet another brazen attempt by President Donald Trump to stonewall their investigations, this time with former White House counsel Donald McGahn defying a subpoena for his testimony on orders from the White House. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the...