Legislation

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Kody Brown, left, from TV's reality show "Sister Wives," marches during a protest at the state Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Practicing polygamy in Utah won't be a felony crime for the first time in 85 years under a bill that passed the Legislature on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, and is headed for the governor's desk. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for the proposal that supporters said will allow the 30,000 or so people living in the state's polygamous communities to come out of the shadows and report abuses like underage marriage without fear of prosecution. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
February 28, 2020 - 6:04 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Polygamy wouldn't be a felony crime in Utah for the first time in 85 years under a bill that passed the Legislature on Friday and appears to be supported by the governor. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for the proposal that supporters said will allow the 30,000 or so people...
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In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, Mirjana Novokmet speaks during a protest in front of the parliament building in Belgrade, Serbia. After years of waiting, Serbian lawmakers are set to soon pass a bill that authorities say attempts to shed light on a chilling, decades-old scandal involving hundreds of families who suspect their babies were stolen at birth. Mirjana Novokmet does not believe that this special law will help uncover what happened to her first child back in 1978. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
February 28, 2020 - 3:20 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — For years, Mirjana Novokmet has tried to find out what happened to her first child back in 1978. Novokmet, only 19-years-old at the time, was told at a Belgrade clinic that her baby boy was stillborn. She wasn’t allowed to see him, and she has not been able to determine with...
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February 28, 2020 - 2:48 am
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi has legalized the cultivation of cannabis as the country seeks an alternative to tobacco, its main earner of foreign exchange which is under pressure from anti-smoking campaigns. Parliament on Thursday passed the bill to allow cultivation for medicinal and industrial...
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Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
February 27, 2020 - 8:42 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Stymied by a walkout by Republican lawmakers in the Oregon Legislature over a climate change bill, Democrats on Thursday said they will issue subpoenas to try to compel their return. Oregon has become a front line in the battle over how to address global warming, with Democrats...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., with fellow Democrats and members of Moms Demand Action, marks the one-year anniversary of passage in the House of the Bipartisan Background Check Act to close loopholes for gun purchases, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 27, 2020 - 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats again lambasted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as they marked a year of Senate inaction since the House passed landmark gun control legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that Democrats have been here before — complaining about...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, a man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. The Senate has passed a bill that provides $1 billion for small telecom providers to replace equipment in their networks that's made by China's Huawei and ZTE. It now goes to President Donald Trump. Huawei and ZTE did not immediately reply to a request for comment, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
February 27, 2020 - 5:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to provide $1 billion for small telecom providers to replace equipment made by China's Huawei and ZTE, sending the measure to President Donald Trump. The U.S. government considers the Chinese companies a security risk and has pushed its allies not to use...
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks to Milton High School students Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Milton, Wis. (Angela Major/The Janesville Gazette via AP)
February 27, 2020 - 11:47 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s latest mass shooting, which left six people dead at one of the world’s largest breweries, appears to have done little in the politically polarized state to budge Republicans who expanded access to guns over the past decade. Milwaukee police say a 51-year-old...
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FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2020 file photo, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., smiles before a re-enactment of her swearing-in, by Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington. An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 that her initial concerns were based on information "from the rumor universe” during a tour of an anti-abortion pregnancy center with Loeffler and the man who appointed her, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
February 27, 2020 - 10:15 am
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Republican congressman's decision to challenge freshly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler is pitting two visions of the GOP's future against each other. So far, it's divided voters and been anything but polite. Loeffler, 49, is a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer who...
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February 27, 2020 - 9:35 am
El Salvador's congress has passed a law allowing judges to reduce sentences for crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war, drawing criticism from the president and rights activists. President Nayib Bukele vowed to veto the law, saying it did not contain the key elements of “truth,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1944 file photo, U.S. soldiers walk by a bombed out cemetery in Agana, Guam. The 1941 Japanese invasion of Guam, which happened on the same December day as the attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, set off years of forced labor, internment, torture, rape and beheadings. Now, more than 75 years later, thousands of people on Guam, a U.S. territory, are expecting to get long-awaited compensation for their suffering at the hands of imperial Japan during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)
February 27, 2020 - 12:05 am
HAGATÑA, Guam (AP) — For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan's occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion began, setting off bomb blasts, sirens and screams. It ended with her family surrendering their home...
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