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Senate to take up House-passed conversion therapy ban

Mar. 26, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled debate on legislation that would prohibit LGBTQ conversion therapy in Massachusetts. The House-passed bill has been placed on the Senate calendar for Thursday. A Senate committee has recommended passage of the measure. Bill backers say conversion therapy...

NY legislation would make unwanted robocalls illegal

Mar. 26, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation pending before New York state lawmakers would make unwanted robocalls illegal. The measure would prohibit anyone from using automatic dialing technology to contact a New Yorker for commercial purposes if they don't have the person's prior permission. The legislation would...

Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue

Mar. 26, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn't so black-and-white. Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still become the 11th state to...

SC House readies for quick action on Santee Cooper

Mar. 26, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A proposal allowing experts to ask for bids to buy state-owned utility Santee Cooper appears to be getting quick action in the South Carolina House. A subcommittee and the full House Ways and Means Committee have the proposal on their agendas Tuesday. It was just filed five days...

Arrests of 2 allies of Madigan ordered by federal judge

Mar. 26, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the arrest of two allies of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for failing to appear for depositions in a lawsuit filed by Madigan's opponent in the 2016 election. The Chicago Tribune reports Joseph Nasella and Michael Kuba were subpoenaed by Jason Gonzales,...

Special elections aim to fill 2 California Senate seats

Mar. 26, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — November's statewide election created two vacancies in the California Legislature, prompting a scramble by 18 candidates running in special primary elections Tuesday. They're aiming to fill the Senate seats vacated by Democrat Ricardo Lara, who was elected insurance commissioner,...

Judge cautions lawyers to watch language in abortion case

Mar. 26, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge in Kentucky has cautioned lawyers to watch their language in their bitter legal feud over abortion — this time over a lawsuit challenging two new state laws aimed at putting more restrictions on the procedure. U.S. District Judge David J. Hale set a Friday...

Central Falls mayor calls for meeting about detention center

Mar. 25, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Central Falls has scheduled an emergency community meeting to discuss a detention center in the city that is again housing people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a decade after a man's death there ended the practice. Mayor James Diossa said...

State House gives Kemp's Medicaid waiver plan final passage

Mar. 25, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp could soon have wide leeway in reshaping the state's health care system under a bill given final passage by the state House on Monday. The measure authorizing Kemp's office to pursue a Medicaid waiver passed the House on a 104-67 vote, largely along...

Panel urges Maryland lawmaker be reprimanded for 'bullying'

Mar. 25, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state lawmaker should be reprimanded for "ongoing pattern of bullying and abusive workplace behavior," according to a report by a legislative ethics committee released Monday night. A 16-page report on Del. Jay Jalisi from the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on...