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Quinncy Parke, 17, testifies to the South Dakota House State Affairs committee against a bill that would make it illegal for doctors to give gender-change treatment to children under 16, during a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Pierre, S.D. The South Dakota House committee passed a bill that would allow for the prosecution of physicians who help children under age 16 to change their gender. The bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for medical providers in the state to perform surgeries, administer puberty-blocking medication or hormone therapy drugs to minors to change their gender. Nurses and other non-licensed medical practitioners would be exempt from prosecution. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

House to weigh banning gender-change treatments for minors

Jan. 22, 2020 4:23 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow for the prosecution of physicians who help children under age 16 to change their gender. The bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for medical providers in the state to perform surgeries, administer...

Missouri lawmakers discuss expanding police residency rules

Jan. 22, 2020 3:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering whether to allow police in all Missouri municipalities to reside outside the cities where they live. A House bill initially introduced to lift the residency requirements for officers in St. Louis was expanded Tuesday to include all Missouri cities,...

Rhode Island lawmakers considering bill banning 3D guns

Jan. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island bill that would ban 3D guns is being considered by lawmakers. The measure would make it illegal for anyone in Rhode Island to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive any firearm that is made from plastic, fiberglass or through a...

Indiana lawmakers step back on 'In God We Trust' requirement

Jan. 22, 2020 3:10 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have rolled back a proposal that aimed to require a poster with the national motto “In God We Trust” and the American and state flags be displayed in all public school classrooms. The Indiana Senate education committee modified the bill to make the poster...

Va Senate passes "red flag" gun law over fierce opposition

Jan. 22, 2020 2:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others, as the state moves closer to joining a growing number of states enacting so-called “red flag” gun laws. The...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 22, 2020 2:32 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Post and Courier on education improvements: South Carolina owns about 1,300 elementary, middle and high schools, which educate 750,000 children — some quite well, others horribly. On Tuesday (Jan. 21), state senators began debates on a bill...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Tony Evers speaks to the media in Beaver Dam, Wis. Evers is laying out his policy agenda and goals for the year in his second State of the State speech to the Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

Wisconsin Gov. Evers to lay out agenda in 2nd State of State

Jan. 22, 2020 2:00 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will urge the Republican-controlled Legislature in his State of the State speech on Wednesday to keep working on a host of issues, including many with bipartisan support, before they adjourn for the year and begin to focus on elections in the fall. The...

Property tax, grocery tax relief introduced in Idaho House

Jan. 22, 2020 1:57 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents would get a break on property taxes and grocery sales taxes under proposed legislation introduced Wednesday. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted to clear the way for hearings on four measures, most of them introduced by the House's two most powerful members....

A member holds a document inside the House of Lords as the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill is debated in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Britain's House of Lords is considering the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is due to pass through its final stages before returning to the House of Commons. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)

UK lawmakers remove child-migrants promise from Brexit bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have overturned changes to the government’s flagship Brexit bill made by Parliament’s House of Lords, removing a promise to reunite child refugees with their families in the U.K. As the bill went through its final stages before becoming law, the House of...

Panel endorses Indiana ban on drivers using handheld phones

Jan. 22, 2020 1:27 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A push to combat distracted driving with a ban on the use of handheld cellphones cleared its first hurdle Wednesday toward becoming the law in Indiana. An Indiana House committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill making cellphone use by all motorists illegal unless they are using...