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Lawmakers OK bill creating database of violent offenders

Dec. 9, 2018 5:04 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have approved the creation of a statewide database of violent offenders under legislation named for a college student who disappeared while bicycling and was abducted and slain. The bill named for Sierah Joughin and known as "Sierah's Law" was approved recently and will...

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Dec. 9, 2018 3:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Evers said he talked by...

More housing, fighting opioid addiction among Baker's goals

Dec. 8, 2018 2:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is listing some of his goals for the new year. Baker told reporters this week he's going to continue pursuing a housing agenda in 2019 if he and lawmakers can't get a bill passed before the end of the year. He said Massachusetts needs to build more housing —...

GOP standoff in Ohio over abortion, gun measure averted

Dec. 8, 2018 11:11 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A brewing standoff between legislative Republicans in Ohio and their same-party governor over some big-ticket policy issues was averted — perhaps permanently — during a whirlwind week at the Statehouse. Proposals restricting early abortions and a gun owner's "duty to...

Senate passes bill to honor baseball pioneer Larry Doby

Dec. 8, 2018 10:35 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to honor former Cleveland Indians center-fielder Larry Doby, the American League's first black ballplayer, with the Congressional Gold Medal. Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Cincinnati-area Republican, recently...

Gov.-elect Kemp names floor leaders for 2019 legislature

Dec. 8, 2018 10:34 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov.-elect Brian Kemp has chosen six Georgia lawmakers to shepherd his agenda during the 2019 legislative session. Kemps' transition office announced his legislative floor leaders in a news release. Republican state Reps. Jodi Lott of Evans, Terry Rogers of Clarkesville, Bert Reeves of...

In White House shake-up, Kelly's departure now seems certain

Dec. 8, 2018 10:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is inching closer to his long-teased major White House shake-up, gearing up for the twin challenges of battling for re-election and dealing with the Democrats' investigations once they take control of the House. The biggest piece of the shifting picture: Chief of...

Trump prods McConnell on sentencing bill: 'Go for it Mitch!'

Dec. 7, 2018 8:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And on Friday, it also brought on a tweet from President Donald...

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

Dec. 7, 2018 7:19 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of...

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

Dec. 7, 2018 6:15 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of newly elected governors and attorneys general in Wisconsin and Michigan, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch? The legal threat arose...