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New Mexico among states grappling to reform policing

Apr. 22, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and protests that followed, state lawmakers in New Mexico have eliminated police immunity from prosecution in state courts and enacted a flurry of reforms aimed at addressing racial inequities. The...

Wine giant fights South Carolina's quirky liquor laws

Apr. 22, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The biggest winemaker in the United States wants to open an East Coast bottling and distribution center in South Carolina, investing $400 million and hiring up to 500 people. But it isn't the taxpayer money and other typical incentives being...

Database will track officer complaints, disciplinary action

Apr. 22, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will create a database to track disciplinary actions and excessive force complaints against law enforcement officers, a measure aimed at weeding out “bad apples” in the profession. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed the bill to...

Lawmaker says harassment by colleague was 'unacceptable'

Apr. 22, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker who says she was subjected to sexual harassment by Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, said he responded inappropriately when she asked him to support a bill. “I asked for a yes vote,” Rep. Vikki Breese Iverson of Prineville...

Michigan board deadlocks on measure to repeal emergency law

Apr. 22, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections board deadlocked Thursday on certifying a veto-proof initiative that would enable the Republican-led Legislature to wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders last year. The 2-2 vote...

N Carolina to help farmer costs for quarantined farmworkers

Apr. 22, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has set aside money to reimburse farmers who bore the financial toll of quarantining their workers during the COVID-19 outbreak last year, a state agency said. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the state...

Indiana bill approved to ban government vaccine passports

Apr. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State or local governments in Indiana will be prohibited from issuing or requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports under a bill approved by state lawmakers. The Republican-dominated House and Senate voted Thursday by wide margins to approve a wide-ranging...

Police: Arrested Michigan lawmaker warned he'd call governor

Apr. 22, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was arrested for drunken driving and resisting police threatened to call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and told state troopers it would not be good for them because he oversees their budget, according to an incident report. Rep....

Louisiana smokable medical marijuana bill starts advancing

Apr. 22, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bid to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana program to allow patients to smoke cannabis sailed through its first review Thursday, as a once contentious program has become more entrenched as a legitimate medical treatment. The House Health and...

Indiana lawmakers set to approve budget, finish session

Apr. 22, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers were set to give final approval to a new two-year $37 billion state budget on Thursday as they wrapped up this year’s regular legislative session. That Republican-written budget plan is highlighted by an overall school funding...