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House wants to add second cousins to farm ownership law

Feb. 20, 2019 10:41 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has endorsed a bill to amend the state's Depression-era anti-corporate farming law by allowing second cousins in the mix of ownership. Representatives approved the bill 62-30 on Wednesday. The law dates to 1932, when it was put on the ballot as an initiated...

Iowa commission rejects strict recreational lake standards

Feb. 20, 2019 9:57 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa commission has rejected a proposal from two environmental groups to adopt stricter standards for the state's nearly 160 recreational lakes, saying the effort would be too expensive. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission rejected...

Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers

Feb. 20, 2019 9:13 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Some Washington lawmakers are working to amend a new state law to allow even more sick workers at the decommissioned Hanford nuclear production site to be compensated. The Tri-City Herald reports that that work is being done while the federal government is suing to put an end to the...

Kentucky Senate OKs bill limiting secretary of state's power

Feb. 19, 2019 7:32 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a rebuke against one of the state's top Democrats, the Kentucky Senate voted Tuesday to limit Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' influence over the State Board of Elections. The Republican-dominated Senate passed the bill on a 27-8 vote, sending the proposal to the GOP-led...

Photos, private information to be blocked under 9-1-1 bill

Feb. 19, 2019 7:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — In anticipation of an update to statewide 9-1-1 communication systems by 2021, gruesome imagery of crime scenes or injuries, individuals' medical histories and identification of domestic violence or rape victims may be protected from public view under legislation in the Maryland...

Republicans pitch keeping Court of Appeals at 15 judges

Feb. 19, 2019 6:27 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators now want to give up on the law they approved two years ago that reduces the number of Court of Appeals judges from 15 to 12 as retirements and other vacancies arise. A state Senate judiciary committee Tuesday recommended unanimously a bill that...

'Sanctuary cities' bill moves forward in Florida legislature

Feb. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would require Florida law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal authorities that enforce immigration laws and ban so-called sanctuary policies received its first approval Tuesday over the protests of immigrant advocates. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, the...

Bill changing abortion consent laws introduced in Nevada

Feb. 19, 2019 4:13 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada legislation introduced Monday seeks to change the state's abortion consent laws and remove a requirement that pregnant women be told about the emotional impacts of having one. The legislation was filed in the state Senate on Monday. Democratic state Sen. Yvanna Cancela, a...

House OKs legislation to increase testing of rape evidence

Feb. 19, 2019 3:17 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation intended to increase testing of sexual assault and rape evidence kits and get DNA results into a national database has cleared the House. The House vote on Tuesday sends to the Senate the legislation that Democratic Rep. Melissa Wintrow says is good public safety policy. The...

Officer's widow seeks higher move-over violation penalties

Feb. 19, 2019 2:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The widow of a North Carolina police officer killed while investigating a car crash is urging legislators to increase penalties for motorists who don't move over a lane or slow down for flashing emergency lights. Leah Quick of Lumberton spoke Tuesday to a Senate committee that approved...