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Hagerty raises another $1.5M in Tennessee US Senate bid

Jan. 23, 2020 3:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Bill Hagerty raised more than $1.5 million last quarter in a contested race for an open U.S. Senate seat, his campaign said Thursday. According to his campaign, Hagerty ended the quarter that concluded Dec. 31 with more than $3 million cash on hand. The former...

Idaho wineries want to store extra wine in the state

Jan. 23, 2020 3:05 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's wine industry wouldn't have to store extra wine in neighboring states under proposed legislation that moved to the full House on Thursday. The House State Affairs Committee approved the measure the state's wine industry says would save it tens of thousands of dollars. Idaho has...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivers his State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Evers calls lawmakers into special session on dairy crisis

Jan. 23, 2020 3:00 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday called the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session beginning next week to consider an $8.5 million package of bills designed to help rural Wisconsin in the face of a crisis that's caused a loss of one-third of the state's dairy farms since...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, center, and fellow Republicans in the state General Assembly hold a news conference at the Tennessee Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Nashville,Tenn.,  to discuss a new anti-abortion proposal. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Lee to pitch sweeping abortion bans in Tennessee

Jan. 23, 2020 2:52 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he wants to enact some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, which would include banning women from undergoing the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday surrounded by dozens of mostly...

Connecticut lawmakers to revisit legal pot in new session

Jan. 23, 2020 2:40 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will revisit whether to allow recreational use of marijuana among people 21 and over in the new legislative session, but it remains questionable whether 2020 will be the year a bill clears the full General Assembly. Opponents contend that if there were enough...

DNA privacy proposal heads to Florida House

Jan. 23, 2020 2:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation in Florida to bar insurance companies from using home genetic testing kits in making underwriting decisions is headed to the House floor, after a panel on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of the proposal. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Chris Sprowls, who is next in line to...

Supporters of a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina fill the Statehouse lobby for a rally on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina.  The supporters of the heartbeat bill want Senators to vote on the proposal, while Senate leaders said they don't have the votes and it would bog down other debates. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

After setback, SC conservatives keep pushing abortion bills

Jan. 23, 2020 2:32 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers don't appear ready to debate a bill that would ban nearly all abortions this session, but abortion opponents are pushing some other related restrictions. On a party-line vote Thursday, a Senate subcommittee approved a Republican-sponsored bill that would ban...

In this Jan. 21, 2020, photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Wiener has authored a bill that would require investor-owned utilities to reimburse customers and local governments for some costs associated with the blackouts. The bill will go before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 2:15 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill being considered in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong winds...

Panel advances bill requiring armed officers at schools

Jan. 23, 2020 2:03 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill to require that police officers assigned to Kentucky schools be armed won approval Thursday from the Senate Education Committee. The committee action, advancing the measure to the full Senate, came on the second anniversary of the shooting at Marshall County High School in...

Judges from Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, many wearing their professional gowns, take part in a march in support of judicial independence in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. The judges marched silently in Warsaw in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)

Polish parliament OKs law allowing gov't to punish judges

Jan. 23, 2020 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. The legislation passed in the lower house of parliament, the...