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Ohio House OKs bill expanding religious freedom in schools

Nov. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-dominated Ohio House has approved a bill expanding religious freedom in public schools and allow students to engage in religious expression in their school assignments. The measure was sent to the Senate Wednesday after a 61-31 vote. The bill would remove a current...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

Kansas dioceses tie Medicaid expansion to abortion changes

Nov. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The four Catholic dioceses in Kansas will not support expanding Medicaid to thousands more low-income adults and children unless the state passes a constitutional amendment and new laws restricting abortion, the head of the Kansas Catholic Conference said. Chuck Weber, the...

New Jersey lawmakers advance e-cigarette flavor ban

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Candy, cocoa and chocolate, as well as any other flavor of e-cigarette, are among the flavors New Jersey lawmakers sought to prohibit on Thursday, along with a separate ban on menthol-flavored traditional cigarettes. New Jersey’s Democrat-led Assembly and Senate health...

Justice calls lawmakers back to Capitol for special session

Nov. 14, 2019 4:32 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling lawmakers back for another special legislative session. The Republican governor on Thursday issued a proclamation to have the legislature take up bills dealing with tourism tax credits, expunging DUI offenses and the state road fund on...

New Mexico sizes up potential of recreational pot market

Nov. 13, 2019 10:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of legislators delved into the uncertain market economics of legalizing recreational marijuana and thorny concerns about public health on Wednesday, in a prelude to a rapid-fire legislative session that could open the doors to recreational cannabis in New Mexico. A...

Michigan Senate changes, OKs bill to lift deer-baiting ban

Nov. 13, 2019 6:03 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s ban on using bait to hunt deer would end for at least two years under legislation that advanced further in the Legislature on Wednesday, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer remains opposed to signing it. The Republican-led Senate voted 21-14, mostly on party lines, after...

Massachusetts House passes flavored tobacco ban, vaping tax

Nov. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products while also imposing a new 75% excise tax on nicotine vaping products. The ban would apply to menthol cigarettes — a decision that has rankled some convenience store owners. Under...

Florida editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 13 The Ledger of Lakeland on funding affordable housing: Various agencies throughout Polk County are working hard to try to fend off the potential for rising homelessness - something all of us should want. One critical, self-evident aspect of preventing problems...

Evers calls GOP state senators’ vote ‘amoral and stupid’

Nov. 13, 2019 2:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe Republicans are “bastards” for firing his agriculture secretary, despite using the word when urging state workers not to be deterred by the move. Evers stressed that he wasn’t...