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Arkansas House passes school bathroom bill, heads to Senate

Feb. 01, 2023 18:01 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House on Wednesday approved legislation preventing transgender people at public schools from using bathrooms that match their gender identity, while a legislative panel endorsed a measure restricting drag performances in the state. The bills...

GOP-led panel again defeats campaign finance reform

Feb. 01, 2023 15:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican-led Virginia House panel voted down legislation early Wednesday that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses such as a vacation, mortgage or country club membership. Virginia’s elected officials are outliers in...

Missouri House OKs raising bar for constitutional amendments

Feb. 01, 2023 15:24 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican-backed proposal to make it harder to amend Missouri's constitution got initial approval from the state House on Wednesday, moving a top GOP priority closer to becoming law. Lawmakers voted 106-50 along party lines in favor of the proposed...

Republicans set to oust Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs panel

Feb. 01, 2023 14:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Republicans are preparing to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born Muslim lawmaker, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her past comments critical of Israel — and as payback after Democrats booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees...

Lawsuit seeks to block 2 measures from April ballot

Jan. 31, 2023 17:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Wisconsin criminal justice advocacy groups seeks to block two Republican-sponsored measures from appearing on the April ballot, arguing that they were not submitted on time to the correct elections officials. One question is a...

Advocates warn House rule change could undermine voters

Jan. 31, 2023 16:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina civil rights advocates denounced a House rule change Tuesday that could allow Republicans to override vetoes on contentious bills with little notice, saying it subverts democracy and the will of voters. Republicans pushed through temporary...

Unexpected Pennsylvania House speaker hopes to retain job

Jan. 31, 2023 16:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The rank-and-file Democrat who was unexpectedly elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House as a compromise candidate earlier this month is saying he hopes to keep the job even after three vacant Democratic-leaning seats are filled in special elections next week. ...

North Carolina Senate leader backs literacy test repeal

Jan. 31, 2023 15:31 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's most powerful senator expressed interest on Tuesday in deleting a voter literacy test provision from the state constitution — a relic from the Jim Crow era that while unenforceable has never been removed. Senate leader Phil Berger told...

Greek opposition to boycott parliament over wiretap scandal

Jan. 31, 2023 12:57 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s main opposition party said Tuesday that it won't participate in parliamentary votes until a general election is held later this year, in response to the alleged wiretapping of senior officials by the state intelligence service. “We will not...

Slovakia's parliament sets early election for Sept 30

Jan. 31, 2023 12:16 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's parliament on Tuesday approved Sept. 30 as the date for an early election in the country. Ninety-two lawmakers in the 150-seat National Council — two more than needed — voted in favor of the move that came a week after lawmakers amended...