Latest Legislation News

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bill targeting drug prices

Feb. 18, 2020 10:33 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly is slated to vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The measure is part of a growing call nationwide to do something about rising prescription drug prices. A lack of transparency has created a system in which...

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte takes part in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

In tight vote, Dutch lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade deal

Feb. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a tight vote Tuesday, lawmakers in the lower house of Dutch parliament approved a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada. Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag, who was in parliament to watch the vote, smiled after 72 lawmakers voted for the deal and 69...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 16 What if your loved one’s final resting place wasn’t as restful as promised? What if a bulldozer nearby gave way to new building construction? That could be the case for families all across Kansas if a bill before the Legislature uproots decades, indeed centuries, of...

Bill would fund 2nd cardiac care lab at Hilo medical center

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A bill in the Hawaii state Senate would appropriate $3.5 million for additional cardiac care at Hilo Medical Center, officials said. The bill would provide general revenue funds in the 2020-21 fiscal year for a second catheterization laboratory at the Big Island hospital, The Hawaii...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. A 24-hour strike in Greece has halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country, as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece: Ferries, urban transport halted by strikes, protests

Feb. 18, 2020 7:38 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country Tuesday as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. Flights, as well as national rail and bus services, were not...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bills fighting water pollution

Feb. 18, 2020 7:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The bills contain the recommendations from a water quality task force called by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to...

FILE - In a Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez participates in a panel discussion during the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Las Vegas. State and local prosecutors are reviewing the results of a special audit about secretive financial settlements under the past administration of Martinez that were used to resolve human rights complaints and other legal claims against public officials. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens, File)

Legislature approves reforms involving state settlements

Feb. 17, 2020 10:59 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is moving toward easing restrictions on the release of information on financial settlements involving state officials and payouts to whistleblowers. A bill was on its way to the governor's desk Monday that would eliminate a 180-day waiting period for the disclosure of...

FILE - In this June 11,l 2019 file photo Marijuana equipment lines along a window at the Minerva medical cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico backtracks on cannabis cards for nonresidents

Feb. 17, 2020 10:58 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has moved to phase out medical cannabis cards for nonresidents starting at mid-year, under a bill approved by the Legislature on Monday and supported by the governor. More than 600 people from Texas, Arizona and beyond have enrolled as patients in New Mexico's medical...

Finance panel pushes GOP tax cuts to full Senate, Assembly

Feb. 17, 2020 7:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers began a last-minute drive to pass their $250 million income tax cut plan Monday, pushing the bill through the Legislature's finance committee and setting up floor votes in the Senate and Assembly this week. The measure is moving with breathtaking speed as the GOP...

New Mexico Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, talks to a staffer on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at the Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

NM Senate OKs bill to stop forcing police to erase evidence

Feb. 17, 2020 7:34 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would stop police from having to destroy seized electronic evidence obtained through a search warrant but not the target of an investigation has unanimously passed the New Mexico Senate. The proposal approved Sunday seeks to fix a bill passed in 2019 that required law...