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Arizona's new voting laws that require proof of citizenship are not discriminatory, a US judge rules

Mar. 01, 2024 19:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge is upholding provisions of new Arizona laws that would require counties to verify the status of registered voters who haven’t provided proof of U.S. citizenship and cross-check voter registration information with various government databases. In a...

Legislation to legalize, tax skill games in Virginia heads to governor

Mar. 01, 2024 17:59 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers passed legislation Friday that would legalize skill games, the slots-like betting machines that proliferated in businesses around the state before an on-again, off-again ban took effect. If signed by GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, the bill would...

Kentucky House passes legislation aimed at curbing unruliness on school buses

Mar. 01, 2024 17:37 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House passed a bill Friday aimed at curbing unruliness on school buses by requiring student and parental buy-in to transportation policies and setting clear consequences for misbehavior. The measure sailed through the House on a 93-1 vote to...

Botched execution of serial killer in Idaho puts focus on capital punishment secrecy laws

Mar. 01, 2024 16:41 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In 2012, two Idaho prison officials chartered a private plane and flew to Washington state with thousands of dollars in cash. They met with a pharmacist behind closed doors and bought the drug for a convicted murderer's lethal injection. Only a...

Judge puts brakes on new law banning foreign government spending on referendums

Mar. 01, 2024 16:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge is delaying the implementation of a voter-approved law in Maine that aimed to close an election law loophole by stopping foreign government spending on state referendum races. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen issued a preliminary injunction...

Kentucky House backs giving lawmakers authority over statues in Capitol Rotunda

Mar. 01, 2024 15:06 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers would claim authority over what statues are installed or removed from the state Capitol's Rotunda under a bill passed Friday by the GOP-led House, a move the bill sponsor said has nothing to do with the removal of a statue of Confederate President...

Georgia lawmakers support immigration crackdown, religious liberty protections at deadline

Mar. 01, 2024 00:19 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers pushed through dozens of bills before a key deadline Thursday, the last day for legislation to pass either the House or Senate and advance to the other legislative chamber for consideration this year. Lawmakers supported plans to tighten rules on...

California governor pushes back against criticism of fast food minimum wage law

Feb. 29, 2024 21:36 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration has denied a news report that he pushed for an exception to the state's new fast-food minimum wage law that benefits a wealthy campaign donor. California's minimum wage is $16 per hour. But starting April 1,...

Congress approves short-term extension to avoid shutdown, buy more time for final spending agreement

Feb. 29, 2024 21:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed another short-term spending measure Thursday that would keep one set of federal agencies operating through March 8 and another set through March 22, avoiding a shutdown for parts of the federal government that would otherwise kick in Saturday. The bill now goes...

Texts show prosecutor's ex-law partner gave info for effort to remove Fani Willis from election case

Feb. 29, 2024 20:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Attorneys for Donald Trump and other defendants in the Georgia election interference case hoped that lawyer Terrence Bradley would provide key testimony in support of their effort to remove Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis — and they had good reason for their optimism....