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Russian lawmakers approve bill on banning foreign media

Jun. 30, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russia’s parliament gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would allow the banning of foreign news media in response to other countries' actions against Russian news outlets. The Kremlin-controlled State Duma approved the bill on its final,...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jun. 30, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. June 29, 2022. Editorial: Don’t rush legislation at NY special session Gov. Kathy Hochul has called for a special session of the state Legislature on Thursday aimed at addressing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated the state’s...

New Georgia laws aim at schools; some laws already in effect

Jun. 30, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It's a strange July 1 for new Georgia laws. Friday, the first day of the month, is when most new laws passed by the General Assembly customarily take effect. But this year, many of the most important measures either became law as soon as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed them,...

Bills limiting LGBTQ instruction, trans athletes pass Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday that Republicans say will restrict sexually explicit content and classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools, mirroring partisan fights playing out in statehouses...

Republicans pitch taking gov's power from NC education board

Jun. 29, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans pushed Wednesday for a constitutional amendment that would have voters elect members of the State Board of Education from each congressional district, a move that would erode dramatically the governor’s appointment authority to the panel. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 29, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 26, 2022. Editorial: Florida’s senators failing us on gun reform If U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott can’t bring themselves to support even a watered-down, bipartisan first step toward easing gun violence amid a contagion of shootings...

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs

Jun. 29, 2022 01:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper, a minister...

North Carolina bill seeks new openness from Council of State

Jun. 28, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A 10-member panel led by Gov. Roy Cooper with other statewide elected officials usually meets monthly to sign off on such mundane government matters as state land purchases, bond sales and repairs of state buildings. But the Council of State gained more...

Baltimore council passes police accountability board bill

Jun. 28, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s City Council passed a bill Monday to create a police accountability board. The bill passed with several amendments, news outlets reported. The amendments include allowing former officers to serve on the board and giving the police department two weeks...