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New Mexico state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, testifies at a legislative hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, about a red-flag gun bill he is sponsoring that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham are pushing for the legislation. Hundreds of people filed into the state Senate gallery, including gun control advocates wearing

Gun legislation advances with state Senate committee vote

Jan. 28, 2020 8:53 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal advanced Tuesday in the New Mexico state Legislature that would allow law enforcement officials or family members to seek court orders to seize firearms temporarily from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. A Senate committee endorsed the bill on a party-line...

A group of New Mexico sheriffs stand outside the New Mexico Senate in Santa Fe, N..M., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2019, before a committee debates proposals on gun control and legalizing marijuana. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico recreational pot legalization passes 1st test

Jan. 28, 2020 8:42 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democrat-backed bill to legalize recreational marijuana businesses in all towns and counties across New Mexico passed its first test late Tuesday amid heighten interested from businesses and health care advocates. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 along party lines to...

Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Democrat who represents Buffalo, speaks at a rally for marijuana legalization at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. New York could have one of the most lenient marijuana possession thresholds in the nation if an alternative legalization proposal is passed this session.  (AP Photo/Ryan Tarinelli)

NY pot bill could bring higher possession threshold

Jan. 28, 2020 8:39 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legislative proposal in New York would go further than states across the U.S. over how much marijuana a person could have before getting in trouble. The bill, backed by a number of Democrats in both chambers, would allow people over 21 years old to have three ounces of marijuana. The...

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...

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...

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...