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Montana law preventing absentee ballot gathering overturned

Sep. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Friday struck down a voter-enacted law that restricted third-party collection of absentee ballots after several Native American groups argued they rely on ballot collection efforts to vote. The Ballot Interference Prevention Act exacerbated the barriers many rural...

Tennessee prosecutors at odds over abortion law enforcement

Sep. 25, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee prosecutors are at odds over whether to enforce a new law that requires abortion providers to tell their patients it may be possible to reverse the action of abortion medication half-way through the procedure. Doctors who do not comply could face felony charges, fines and...

In this image taken during a video broadcast via Zoom, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a law on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif.,  that for the first time defines “medical necessity,

California governor signs law to grow mental health coverage

Sep. 25, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that for the first time in California defines “medical necessity," a move aimed at requiring private health insurance plans to pay for more mental health and drug addiction treatments. State and federal laws already require health...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 25, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Lamont must attend to New London wind project before it falls apart The Day Sept. 23 This might happen elsewhere, we suppose, but it is hard to imagine another scenario in which a city looking at the $157...

Commission fails to agree on nominee for police investigator

Sep. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials on Thursday evening failed to agree on a candidate to serve as the state's first inspector general to investigate police officers’ use of deadly force, a position created in a new, wide-ranging police accountability law. The state Criminal Justice...

Polling manager Diana Belton shows a roll of voting stickers as people arrive to vote in the Democratic presidential primary in Hopkins, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Appeals court: Witness signature required on SC mail ballots

Sep. 24, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal court on Thursday reinstated a requirement that South Carolinians voting by mail in this year's general election must obtain a witness signature for their ballots. The order from the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge J....

Mining county asks lawmakers for open meetings law exemption

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials in a rural Nevada county with significant mining assets want state lawmakers to carve out an exemption in the state's Open Meeting Law to allow them to discuss environmental assessments before the reports are released to the public. Members of the Legislature’s...

Kansas state Sen. Dennis Pyle, left, R-Hiawatha, left, makes a point at the end of a legislative committee meeting on the state's emergency management laws as Rep. Stephen Owens, R-Hesston, watches, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Both lawmakers favor broader legislative oversight of the governor's handling of long-term emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

COVID-19 has Kansas lawmakers pondering broader oversight

Sep. 24, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas have started pushing to give more of their colleagues a say in how the state manages protracted emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic after months of conflict between them and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. A Republican-led legislative committee...

Ricketts hails new tuition benefits for Nebraska Guard

Sep. 24, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday lauded a new law that will help Nebraska National Guard members save some money when they attend a state university of college. The law passed earlier this year will increase the amount of undergraduate tuition assistance for Guard members from 75% to...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis. Indiana election officials are bracing for perhaps 10 times more mail-in ballots for this fall's election than four years ago. The secretary of state office's projection of 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots means more than half of Indiana's voters might choose that option rather than heading to polling sites for the Nov. 3 election amid coronavirus exposure worries (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

US judge blocks Indiana's limits on voting time extensions

Sep. 24, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked a law unique to Indiana that prevents voters from asking courts to extend voting hours beyond the state's 6 p.m. closing time because of Election Day troubles. The judge’s preliminary injunction issued Tuesday blocks a law passed last year by...