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Arkansas bill OK'd to block Planned Parenthood sex education

Apr. 19, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers sent legislation to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing sex education programs in public schools. The Senate voted 27-5 for the measure prohibiting public schools from entering into any...

Tennessee House OKs new transgender 'bathroom bill'

Apr. 19, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that would put public schools and districts at risk of civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that don't reflect their gender at birth. ...

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...

Bill ending religious vaccine exemption likely to pass House

Apr. 19, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday was expected to pass a contentious bill that would end the state's long-standing religious exemption from immunization requirements for schools, beginning with the 2022 school year. Democratic House Speaker Matt Ritter of...

Senate fails to override governor's veto on emergency powers

Apr. 19, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Republican-dominated Senate on Monday failed to override GOP Gov. Brad Little’s veto of a measure seeking to curb a governor’s power to respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 23-12, failing by one vote to get...

Edwards calls transgender restriction bills 'discriminatory'

Apr. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he will oppose legislative proposals to add new medical and sports restrictions on transgender youth in Louisiana, calling the measures “unnecessary and discriminatory.” Lawmakers have introduced bills...

Oregon House passes bill extending homeless camp notice

Apr. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

The Oregon House on Monday approved a bill that would extend the notice period to homeless individuals before local government agency’s remove an encampment from 24 hours to 72 hours. In addition, the measure would increase the time a municipality would be required to...

Colorado bill aims to improve maternal health care

Apr. 19, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to improve maternal health aimed at bettering pregnancy outcomes for minority women, as the U.S. recognizes Black Maternal Health Week. About 700 women across the country die annually from complications during...

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...