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Vaping devices are on display at the store, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in New York. U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but with major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Georgia lawmakers consider restrictions on vaping

Jan. 28, 2020 5:48 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers considering restrictions on vaping products heard from doctors and students Tuesday who said e-cigarette use is prevalent among children and poses serious risks to their health. In emotional testimony, Amy Sedgwick, a nurse, recounted her son's hospitalization in July with...

Shelly Smith braids hair for Bridget Dunmore at her salon, Braid Heaven Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Kansas City, Kan. Legislators in Kansas and Wisconsin are considering whether to revise their states' anti-discrimination laws to ban bias in housing, employment and public accommodations based on hairstyles

Midwestern states consider banning bias based on hairstyles

Jan. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Black female legislators in two predominantly white Midwestern states urged their Republican colleagues Tuesday to join a national push to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles such as braids and dreadlocks. Legislative committees in Kansas and Wisconsin held separate hearings on...

Senators OK bill to toughen penalties for repeat DUI drivers

Jan. 28, 2020 5:32 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to substantially increase penalties for motorists who have multiple DUI convictions to end what the bill's sponsor called Pennsylvania's “revolving door system” for the most serious drunk drivers. The bill...

Bill to prevent SD cities from banning plastic bags advances

Jan. 28, 2020 5:32 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A bill to prevent South Dakota cities from banning plastic bags and straws is advancing at the state Legislature. The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee approved the bill on a 4-2 vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to the full Senate. Committee members heard testimony about the impact...

Evers signs bill increasing money for homelessness shelters

Jan. 28, 2020 5:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan bill that increases funding for homeless shelters by $1 million over the next two years. The Legislature passed the bill last week. It is the only one of eight bills in a homelessness package that has cleared both the state Senate...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla.  The state of Florida is asking a U.S. appellate court in Georgia to set aside an earlier judge's ruling that allowed some impoverished felons to regain access to the ballot box, despite owing fines and other legal debts.  The matter that will play out Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 before the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals is far from inconsequential because of the razor-thin margins that sometimes decide election contests in Florida, a perennial battleground state.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights

Jan. 28, 2020 5:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts. Florida Republicans, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, argue that only felons...

House panel would jump tobacco age to 21; penalize buyers

Jan. 28, 2020 5:25 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would raise the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, but the initiative has an unlikely opponent — the American Cancer Society. The bill follows recent federal law that raised the age for purchasing cigarettes...

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins walks with colleagues at the state capitol in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Collins quiet on Georgia Senate during state Capitol stop

Jan. 28, 2020 5:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said “there will be more coming later” about his expected Senate bid, otherwise keeping quiet about the race during a visit Tuesday to the Georgia state Capitol as lawmakers advanced a bill that could give the congressman an edge if he decides...

Court: Blood tests in fatal crashes are unconstitutional

Jan. 28, 2020 5:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state law requiring a blood test without probable cause in all fatal crashes is unconstitutional, Maine's highest court ruled Tuesday in the case of a trucker fighting a manslaughter conviction. The Supreme Judicial Court issued the ruling even as it upheld the conviction of the...

Indiana Republicans aiming to force marijuana prosecutions

Jan. 28, 2020 5:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislators agitated with an Indianapolis prosecutor's refusal to press charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana are seeking to empower the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to take over such cases. An Indiana Senate committee endorsed a bill...