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Connecticut lawmakers considering mandatory helmet law

Feb. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to require motorcycle drivers to wear helmets, as in previous legislative sessions. But this year, the concept is among a host of recommendations from a public safety transition group that's been advising newly elected Democratic Gov. Ned...

W.Va. Senate refuses to immediately take up teacher raises

Feb. 23, 2019 5:30 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has decided not to immediately consider a bill to raise pay for teachers, school service workers and state police. The Republican-led Senate on Saturday rejected a motion to take up the bill that the House of Delegates passed Friday. Instead, the Senate...

Rhode Island lawmakers renew effort to end the tampon tax

Feb. 23, 2019 5:08 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers in Rhode Island are renewing their efforts to exempt feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax. A bill that would eliminate the tax on tampons and pads has been introduced in the House by Democratic Rep. Edith Ajello and in the Senate by Democratic Sen. Louis...

Illinois lawmaker stresses importance of marijuana bills

Feb. 23, 2019 12:42 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A lawmaker from central Illinois stressed the importance of efforts to legalize recreational marijuana during a community forum, saying the industry could drive economic growth. Democratic Rep. Carol Ammons of Urbana was one of the speakers during a panel discussion Monday about...

Bill could let Missouri inmates serving life get hearing

Feb. 23, 2019 11:55 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri inmates sentenced to life without parole who've served at least 25 years in prison could get a shot at a parole hearing under a criminal justice reform bill being considered by state lawmakers. A bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jim Neely would create three...

Lawmakers reach halfway mark of legislative session

Feb. 23, 2019 11:24 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state lawmakers are working quickly to push bills through the legislature as this year's session has reached the halfway mark. Friday was legislative day 20 of 40 at the state Capitol. The past week saw movement on bills that would protect people who save dogs from hot cars from...

Indiana bill proposes felony charge if doctor misuses sperm

Feb. 23, 2019 10:17 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana doctors could face felony deceptions charges under a legislative proposal that follows the case in which a fertility doctor used his own sperm to impregnate perhaps dozens of women. The Indiana Senate has approved a bill allowing felony charges if the deception involves a...

Michigan among 4 states to lock up 17-year-olds as adults

Feb. 23, 2019 9:51 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers who want Michigan to no longer automatically try 17-year-olds as adults are pointing to its outlier status as among the reasons to pass bipartisan bills to "raise the age." Michigan is among just four states whose default is to treat 17-year-olds as adults in criminal...

Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win

Feb. 23, 2019 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump's signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the...

School construction brings together Gov. Cooper, GOP speaker

Feb. 23, 2019 9:45 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Political adversaries for the past two years, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and a top Republican legislative leader are now rare allies on whittling down North Carolina public schools' construction and repair needs. House Speaker Tim Moore and Cooper want to put a public education...