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Police chiefs throw support behind Biden's civil rights pick

Apr. 09, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of police chiefs who ran some of America’s largest police forces are lending their support to Kristen Clarke, who has been nominated to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division. In a letter to congressional leaders Friday, the law...

Senate panel holding hearing on lieutenant governor nominee

Apr. 08, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are beginning the process to confirm the state’s next lieutenant governor The state Senate's Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Thursday to consider the nomination of Providence City Council President Sabina Matos,...

Montana House rejects bill calling media 'slander machines'

Apr. 07, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House narrowly rejected Wednesday a measure that sought to prevent media outlets from reporting on news that lawmakers deem defamatory. The “Stop Guilt by Accusation Act” closely resembles bills introduced in at least four other...

Nebraska advances new property tax notification requirements

Apr. 07, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Local governments that want to get a boost in property tax revenue would have to send postcards to notify all of their taxpayers and hold a standalone public hearing where residents could voice their opinion under a bill backed by Nebraska lawmakers. ...

Lawmaker apologizes for doing video hearing while driving

Apr. 07, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A state senator from Washington has apologized after she participated in a legislative video hearing while she drove a car to the Capitol. The Seattle Times reports that Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, said her attempt to multitask Tuesday morning while...

Idaho panel OKs plan to nullify federal actions, rulings

Apr. 07, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho House panel on Tuesday approved legislation intended to give lawmakers veto power over federal government actions and federal court decisions. The House State Affairs Committee on a voice vote sent the bill to the full House for possible...

House Democrats continue public hearings on redistricting

Apr. 03, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public hearings continue next week as the Illinois House Redistricting Committee gathers information for the Legislature's once-a-decade adjustment in political boundaries. Committee Chairwoman Lisa Hernandez, a Cicero Democrat, urges taxpayers...

Montana lawmakers target media for being 'slander machines'

Apr. 01, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has become the latest state to consider a legislative measure that would prevent media outlets from reporting on news that lawmakers deem defamatory. A bill passed Thursday by the Montana House Judiciary Committee titled the “Stop Guilt by...

Pennsylvania election law reforms won't be ready for primary

Mar. 30, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Five months after the state's narrow and bitterly contested presidential race drew Republican claims of improper election procedures, it's clear no changes will be enacted in time for Pennsylvania's spring primary election. The GOP majorities in...

Debate brews in Florida about parental consent over sex ed

Mar. 30, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Culture-war politics over sex education could again erupt in Florida’s statehouse, as a Senate Committee advanced a measure Tuesday that would require public school boards to hold hearings on what should be included in sex education curricula. ...