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Nevada electors legally bound to vote for winning president

Dec. 5, 2020 11:18 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When former state Sen. Terry Care went to the Nevada Legislature in 2013 to lobby for a bill to bind presidential electors to the candidate that receives the most votes, he didn't consider it to be urgent or a top priority. Care, representing the national Uniform Law Commission,...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, Heather Randazzo, a grow employee at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary, trims leaves off marijuana plants in the company's grow house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation to establish a new recreational marijuana marketplace, which voters overwhelmingly approved on the ballot earlier in the month, but differed in key details. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

EXPLAINER: What's impeding New Jersey's cannabis amendment?

Dec. 5, 2020 7:53 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Year's Day deadline until New Jersey's constitutional amendment authorizing recreational marijuana takes effect is fast approaching, along with the final scheduled legislative voting session of the year. But New Jersey's Democratic-led Legislature finds itself at an impasse...

Bill to criminalize doping schemes signed into law

Dec. 4, 2020 8:45 PM EST

A bill that will criminalize international doping conspiracies became law Friday with President Donald Trump's signature, closing out a two-year legislative process during which the only true opposition to the bill came from outside the United States. The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act had earlier passed both houses...

This image from House Television shows the final vote, 228-164, in the House on passage of a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. The bill now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely to move forward. (House Television via AP)

House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

Dec. 4, 2020 3:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters call a failed policy of criminalizing pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws. Opponents, mostly...

Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother, in white beside Attorney Ben Crump, left, speak in Louisville, Ky., after settlement was announced. The city of Louisville will pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and reform police practices as part of a lawsuit settlement months after Taylor's slaying by police thrust the Black woman's name to the forefront of a national reckoning on race, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Tuesday.(AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)

Council won't appoint new prosecutor in Breonna Taylor case

Dec. 4, 2020 12:15 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A council of Kentucky prosecutors said Friday it does not have the legal authority to appoint another special prosecutor in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, despite a plea from Taylor's mother. Tamika Palmer had petitioned the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council in October...

AG vows to defend clean energy law as governor seeks tweaks

Dec. 4, 2020 8:36 AM EST

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he's prepared to defend the state's new clean energy law, even if the challenge comes from the governor. His position is detailed in a letter sent to Gov. Phil Scott’s legal counsel after the administration sought a meeting to discuss...

Voters cast their votes at the Slater Center in Bristol, Tenn. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Election day lines were short in most locations due to the large number of voters that took advantage of the early voting. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

Suit: Tennessee makes it too hard to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2020 6:12 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's path for those convicted of a felony to restore their right to vote has not only silenced Black voters but also contains constitutional and federal law violations, a newly filed federal lawsuit alleges. Voter rights advocates submitted the 46-page class action complaint...

New Virginia laws seek to close ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

Dec. 3, 2020 6:11 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The near future of in-person schooling is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Virginia students will return to a system where several penalties for misbehavior have been taken off the table. Two new laws seek to stop criminal punishments in elementary, middle and secondary...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Dec. 2, 2020 10:04 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Pass Collin’s Law to help stop hazing The Columbus Dispatch Dec. 1 Few parents ever want to see lawmakers pass a bill named for their child, because when that happens, it typically comes after there has been a tragic end to a short...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, members of the Colorado House of Representatives toil as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2020 session in the State Capitol in Denver. In an effort to keep Colorado residents fed and employed this winter, Colorado's Legislature concluded a special session Wednesday, Dec. 2, by passing bills offering assistance to restaurants and food pantries struggling to keep their doors open during the coronavirus pandemic. This week's session, called by Gov. Jared Polis, also passed bills creating and expanding several grant programs to improve internet access for students, assist childcare providers and aid individuals struggling to pay their utility and housing bills. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado lawmakers OK COVID-19 aid, say more is needed

Dec. 2, 2020 7:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — In an effort to keep Colorado residents fed and employed this winter, the state Legislature concluded a special session Wednesday by passing bills offering assistance to restaurants and food pantries struggling to keep their doors open during the pandemic. Democratic Sen. Tammy Story, the...