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Embattled Nebraska senator may survive cybersex scandal
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Bill Kintner is the kind of unabashed conservative whose comments on immigration, gay rights and fellow legislators have made even supporters cringe.
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Conference committee tries to break oil spill deadlock
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A conference committee will make a last-ditch effort to break a legislative deadlock on how to use Alabama's settlement money from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The committee will meet Wednesday morning to try to broker an agreeable compromise between sharply divided ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Alabama Legislatures Gulf of Mexico Florida United States Senate Mexico Mississippi Montgomery Alabama
With hopes fading, lawmakers meet on energy bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fading Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade have been revived - for now. Lawmakers convened a long-delayed meeting Thursday aimed at finding a bipartisan agreement by the end of the year. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska acknowledged that the ...
6 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Legislatures Alaska Gray Wolf United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Petroleum United States Congress Wolf
Michigan Senate approves medical marijuana tax, regulations
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan would tax and regulate medical marijuana in a tiered licensing system under legislation that has cleared a big hurdle in the Legislature. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 25-12 for a bill Thursday to require a state operating license to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Legislature Michigan Legislatures Senate United States Senate Washington D.C. United States
Lawmakers May Have to Decamp From Crumbling U.K. Parliament
A committee charged with stopping Britain’s creaky, leaky Parliament from falling down is set to say whether lawmakers will have to move out for several years so repair work can be done.
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Advocates want Speaker Mark-Viverito to let majority choose votes
The good government group Common Cause proposed a plan that would automatically give a floor vote to any bill that has 26 co-sponsors.
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Lawmakers mull options for DCYF abuse, neglect reports
Lawmakers are considering giving more options to child protection workers when they respond to reports of abuse and neglect. The change would let the state set up an option for abuses that don’t meet the threshold to take to court, but are still worrisome.Under the change, the Division for Children,...
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Deal to fund Baltimore schools, pass manufacturing tax break taking shape
A deal is taking shape in Annapolis that would give the Baltimore school system money to help close its $130 million funding shortfall and also create a tax break that Gov. Larry Hogan proposed for manufacturers.Del. Maggie McIntosh, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, predicted Friday...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Legislatures Taxation in the United States United States Senate United States House Committee on Appropriations Bill Clinton President pro tempore of the United States Senate Senate Curt Anderson
Maryland House passes first major ethics bill in over a decade
The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Friday that would update the state's ethics laws. It would require more disclosure of lawmakers' conflicts of interest and put some new limits on legislators' advocacy for private businesses.The bill would make the first major changes to...
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Community gardens could grow in blighted Nevada neighborhoods
Community gardens could sprout in blighted urban areas under a bill introduced Friday in the Nevada Senate.
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Plaintiffs ask judges to trash Texas congressional districts
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The plaintiffs challenging the congressional district lines imposed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 have asked federal judges to trash that district plan and order a new district plan. In a 16-page brief filed Thursday in San Antonio, attorneys for the plaintiffs asked for quick court ...
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Maryland Senate passes bill to pare back court's bail rule
The Maryland Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would pare back a key provision of a rule adopted by the state's top court to de-emphasize the role of cash bail in determining which defendants win pretrial release.The 26-19 vote sends the measure to the House, where supporters of the Court...
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Hogan congressional redistricting plan voted down in Maryland Senate
Gov. Larry Hogan, who has been demanding an up-or-down floor vote on his proposed congressional redistricting plan, got one in the Maryland Senate Wednesday. It went down.The 30-16 vote came on an amendment to a Democratic redistricting bill. The amendment would have erased the legislation advanced...
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Senate OKs state budget
The state Senate approved its revision of the state's $43.5 billion budget on Thursday, though some senators expressed concern that the plan doesn't resolve long-term spending imbalances. While the budget must be balanced each year, the state's finances project a structural deficit in future years....
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Maryland Senate OKs bill to create redistricting commission - if other states do the same
The Maryland Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require the state to create a nonpartisan commission for redistricting — but only if five other states agree to do the same. Senators were divided between those who see the bill as a hollow gesture and others who say it's a first step toward...
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Howard school board, Merriweather bills among those to cross over
Bills changing the way Howard County's school board is elected, creating tax credits for properties damaged by flooding and bulking up noise regulations around Merriweather Post Pavilion have all cleared one chamber of the General Assembly with less than three weeks to go before the end of session....
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Hogan proposes additional spending, but none so far for Baltimore schools
Gov. Larry Hogan has proposed additional spending for police, colleges and economic development but so far is putting no additional money in his budget to help the Baltimore school system with its $130 million budget gap.Hogan's new spending proposal, including its full price tag, will be detailed...
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Senate bill aims to honor Tule Springs with special license plates
Nevada drivers could soon be able to show off their support for the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument under a bill introduced Thursday.
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Bill would allow Nevada charter, private school students to play sports at public school
Charter, private and parochial students could play sports at their zoned public school if their school doesn’t field a team under a bill proposed Thursday.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Education Independent school Teacher Legislatures Private school United States Senate High school School
Hawaii committees pass new versions of vacation rental bills
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii legislative committees have passed new versions of bills addressing vacation rentals. State Senate committees on tourism and public safety on Wednesday passed legislation giving hosting platforms like Airbnb the option to pay hotel taxes on behalf of short-term rental operators. The bill says platforms that do ...
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Sunday liquor sales ban on Minnesota House's chopping block
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota could take the first step toward erasing the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales. The House was expected to vote Monday on a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. It's a perennial issue at the Capitol that consumes plenty of ...
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Another minimum wage fight set to kick off third week of Nevada Legislature
The issue of increasing the minimum wage saw a spirited debate in the Nevada Legislature last week, and it will be front and center again as lawmakers enter week three of the 2017 session. Lawmakers are not taking Presidents Day off.
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Colorado bill seeks to loosen restrictions on multi-year deals
For years, the Colorado athletic department has felt hamstrung by legislation that limits the amount of multi-year contracts it can offer to coaches.
1 points by The Denver Post | United States United States Congress United States House of Representatives Colorado Legislature Denver Legislatures United States Senate
Bills altering rape laws advance in Maryland Senate
The Maryland Senate will consider two bills next week aimed at improving the prosecution of rape cases. The Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee gave approved a bill Thursday that would change the legal definition of rape so that proving the victim resisted would no longer be required. Prosecutors...
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Baltimore lawmakers endorse bill to give mayor sole power over school board
Baltimore lawmakers in the House of Delegates endorsed a bill Friday that would give the mayor sole control over appointments to the city's school board — a measure Mayor Catherine Pugh has called her top priority for the legislative session. Under the current system, the Baltimore mayor and the...
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Early bird might no longer get worm in winter
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine legislators are looking to put new restrictions on the harvest of marine worms. Legislators are considering a proposal called "An Act To Protect the Marine Worm Industry." The proposal states that a person would no longer be able to fish for or take marine worms ...
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Clark County wants role to match responsibility in inmate pre-sentencing reports
Clark County officials want a more oversight in preparing pre-sentence investigation reports used by the court system.
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Senate OKs stricter standards to get disabled parking decals
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Disabled parking placards have proliferated across Kentucky, and a state lawmaker says it's time to crack down on abuses in issuing the decals. A bill that would limit an applicant to one parking placard was passed by the state Senate on a 35-0 vote Thursday. The ...
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Plan to change Nevada open records law met with resistance
A bill proposed to categorize and make it easier to identify exemptions to public records disclosure was met with confusion and suspicion by members of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.
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New Mexico Democrats rally around tax plan to fix budget gap
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives are rallying around a package of tax and revenue measures designed to shore up state finances and stave off spending cuts to education and Medicaid health care. State lawmakers including the speaker of the House of Representatives ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States House of Representatives New Mexico United States Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Democratic Party Legislatures Washington D.C. Maryland
30 days, 2 bills passed: Nebraska session marred by gridlock
Nebraska lawmakers like to ridicule Washington for its gridlock and partisan bickering, insisting that East Coast politicians should learn the "Nebraska way" of seeking pragmatic, common-sense solutions.
17 points by The Denver Post | United States United States Senate Republican Party George W. Bush Legislatures Democratic Party Election Abraham Lincoln
Nevada lawmaker takes issue with Clark County tax revenue claim
A Republican state senator said Wednesday that Clark County understated the annual growth of its property tax revenue during testimony to Nevada Legislature members.
13 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Senate Tax Taxation Legislatures Nevada United States Congress Property tax Law
Delinquent child support payments could lead to suspended vehicle registrations in Nevada
Nevadans who fall behind in child support payments could have their vehicle registrations suspended.
735 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Congress United States Senate Legislatures Carson City Nevada Senate Legislature Nevada U.S. state
Wolf and Kenney decry Senate bill restricting abortions

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Rhode Island House to debate rules changes
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House of Representatives is preparing for its first real debate of the year as Republican legislators propose reforms they say will make the legislative process more transparent. The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote on rules legislation Wednesday. GOP lawmakers are planning to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States House of Representatives Rhode Island Republican Party Legislatures Legislature United States Legislation Democratic Party
Letter: Toward fair elections
Toward fair electionsI am writing to voice my support for two important reforms: House Bill 320, sponsored by Rep. Knirk, which would prevent gerrymandering using math instead of politics to determine legislative districts, and Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Sen. Dan Feltes, which closes the LLC camp...
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Tenn. lawmaker resigns amid allegations of inappropriate sexual contact
Scandal comes just months after another lawmaker expelled for inappropriate behavior.       
13626 points by USA Today | United States Legislatures United States House of Representatives United States Senate Termination of employment United States Capitol Senate Pleading
Franchot seeks new police powers against income tax fraud
Comptroller Peter Franchot watched last year as his No. 1 legislative priority -- increased enforcement powers to combat tax fraud -- was killed on the final day of the General Assembly session. This year he has a powerful new ally in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan bolstered his bipartisan...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Taxation in the United States Tax Income tax in the United States Taxation Internal Revenue Service United States Senate Legislatures Police
Las Vegas officials push bill to give spending flexibility
The city of Las Vegas wants more flexibility in how it uses some revenue generated by redevelopment districts to include other educational purposes other than improving existing facilities.
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The Latest: 'Rainy day' fund legislation advances in Senate
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Latest on the budget-rebalancing special legislative session (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Senators have started advancing legislation that would use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help close the state's $304 million budget deficit. The Senate Finance Committee moved the proposal Tuesday to the full ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate United States Louisiana Legislatures United States House Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Committee on Finance English-language films Proposal
Nebraska lawmaker wants to add members to panel, cut pay
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker has proposed adding two additional members to a commission that regulates railroads, landline telephones and pipelines. Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion told a legislative committee Tuesday his bill would ensure rural Nebraskans are better represented by the Public Service Commission. It would result ...
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Maryland Senate moves quickly to recoup $4.8 million in lost federal aid
After federal authorities followed through last week on a threat to withhold millions in transit aid from Maryland, the state Senate on Tuesday began fast-tracking a bill to restore the money. Sen. Brian Feldman said lawmakers believed they had a "soft deadline" of Feb. 9 to create a new safety...
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Russian Lawmakers Criticize Washington Over Flynn
Russian officials cast the resignation of national security adviser Mike Flynn as a campaign by Washington insiders to undermine President Donald Trump and scuttle the chances of Russian-American rapprochement.
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Russian lawmakers: Flynn pushed out to hurt Russia-U.S. relations
Russian lawmakers question why Michael Flynn resigned.         
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3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 9 — VIDEO
It’s Valentine’s Day, but don’t expect everything to be roses on Day 9 of the 2017 Legislative Session.
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Ban on lobbyist gifts to Nevada government officials may expand
Nevada Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson said Monday he plans to introduce legislation that would expand the ban on lobbyist gifts to local government officials and judges.
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Arkansas lawmakers OK 'Gold Star Family' monument at Capitol
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have given their final approval for a monument at the state Capitol in honor of families who have lost loved ones serving in the armed forces. The House on Monday voted 96-0 for what's called the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument on the ...
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Survey: Members of Congress care what you have to say more than you think
The survey found that emails that aren’t personalized were the least effective type of outreach.       
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Nevada considers various courses to overhaul voting process
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Lawmakers are gearing up to change how and whether people cast ballots in Nevada as the state faces a shifting electorate and unfounded claims of voter fraud and intimidation. Eligible Nevadans would be automatically registered to vote by the Department of Motor Vehicles under a ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Voting system Election Elections United States Voting Voter turnout Legislatures Legislature
Nevada Youth Legislature submits bill to require instruction on consequences of crimes
A bill sponsored by Nevada Youth Legislature requiring instruction in high school on the legal consequences of crimes involving such things as sexual conduct has been formally introduced as Senate Bill 108.
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