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Montana governor signs bill limiting power of health boards

Apr. 19, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill limiting the power of local public health boards to issue mandates in response to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. Local elected officials such as county commissioners can change or rescind...

Mississippi athletes will be able to earn money for likeness

Apr. 19, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — College athletes in Mississippi will soon be able to earn money from their own name, image or likeness. Gov. Tate Reeves signed Senate Bill 2313, also known as the “Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act” on Friday. The...

Colorado guv signs gun storage, lost weapons bills into law

Apr. 19, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law bills mandating the safe storage of firearms and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons. Democrat sponsors argued the storage bill would help reduce suicides by youth and others, as well as accidental...

Bill would end Louisiana permit mandate for concealed carry

Apr. 19, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana would strip the requirement that gun owners must have a permit to carry concealed firearms, under a bill that started advancing Monday in the state Senate in contrast to a national debate over whether to tighten gun restrictions. A...

Man pleads guilty to damaging senator's entry over COVID aid

Apr. 19, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man who used an ax to smash windows at the entrance of Republican North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven’s office in downtown Fargo over frustrations about a coronavirus bill pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Thomas Starks, 30, of Lisbon, located 75...

7 new laws boost protection for sexual assault victims in NJ

Apr. 19, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed into law seven bills aimed at strengthening protections for sexual assault victims. Among the new laws are measures to set up a three-year pilot program in the office of the attorney general that aims to...

Beshear challenges law shifting fair board appointment power

Apr. 19, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has asked a judge to strike down a Republican-backed law that eroded his appointment authority over the state fair board in the latest partisan political battle to make its way into Kentucky courts. The measure...

Supreme Court likely to bar some 'green card' applicants

Apr. 19, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Monday to prevent thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons from applying to become permanent residents. The justices seemed favorable, in arguments via telephone, to the case made by the Biden...

Drive to repeal law Whitmer used in pandemic clears hurdle

Apr. 19, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group trying to repeal an emergency powers law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used for months to issue coronavirus restrictions cleared a key hurdle Monday when the Michigan elections bureau said it collected enough petitions. Unlock Michigan, which...

Idaho Gov. signs bill allowing growing, transport of hemp

Apr. 19, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill legalizing the production and transportation of hemp with up to 0.3% of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high. The Republican governor signed the bill Friday, making Idaho the last...