State legislature

FILE - In this March 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco police officers wait while homeless people collect their belongings in San Francisco. San Francisco supervisors consider legislation Tuesday, June 4, 2019, allowing the city to force mentally ill drug addicts into housing and treatment for up to a year. Mayor London Breed says it's inhumane to let addicts languish on the streets, but homeless advocates say the measure is extreme and a violation of civil rights. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
June 04, 2019 - 8:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials decided Tuesday to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment, even if it goes against the spirit of a city known for its fierce protection of civil rights. Several members of the Board of Supervisors voiced deep...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015, file frame from video from Broward County Public Schools, school resource officer Scot Peterson talks during a school board meeting of Broward County, Fla. Peterson, the then-Florida sheriff's deputy assigned to protect the high school where 17 died in a 2018 shooting has been arrested on 11 charges, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. State Attorney Mike Satz announced that 56-year-old Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury charges. (Broward County Public Schools via AP, File)
June 04, 2019 - 5:34 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Florida deputy who knew a gunman was loose at the Parkland high school but refused to go inside to confront the assailant was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his inaction during the massacre that killed 17 people. Scot Peterson was on duty as the resource officer...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 20, 2016, file photo, Dr. Richard Goldstein, chief medical officer at the Animal Medical Center, checks on one of his patients at the hospital's clinic in New York. When asked his feeling about declawing cats, Goldstein said that veterinarians don't like the procedure but it's better than the alternatives of housing the cat in a shelter or putting it to death. New York state would be the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats under legislation scheduled for a vote Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 04, 2019 - 5:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would be the first state in the U.S. to ban the declawing of cats under legislation approved by lawmakers at the request of cat owners, animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians who call the procedure cruel and needless. The bill, which would subject veterinarians...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, the State House is surrounded by fall foliage in Augusta, Maine. The Democratic-led state Senate voted Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. The house approved it the day before. The office of Gov. Janet Mills said she has not yet taken a position on the bill. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
June 04, 2019 - 3:19 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to act on the...
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Virginia Gov/ Ralph Northam, left, listens during a news conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing several people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. (AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe)
June 04, 2019 - 11:56 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers." Northam, a Democrat...
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Virginia Gov/ Ralph Northam, left, listens during a news conference in Virginia Beach, Va. Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing several people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. (AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe)
June 04, 2019 - 10:00 am
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Latest on plans by Virginia's governor to call a special legislative session on gun control (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for a special legislative session on gun control and is insisting that his proposals be voted on by the...
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Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., hold up signs during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
June 02, 2019 - 4:21 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro says he's hoping his campaign for president will prove Latinos aren't scared by President Donald Trump's racism. Castro is the only...
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June 01, 2019 - 9:01 am
The vast majority of state voting legislation introduced this year was intended to expand voting access rather than impose restrictions. Lawmakers in 45 states have been debating at least 647 bills that would expand voting access, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's School of Law...
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Illinois deputy governor Christian Mitchell and Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, embrace as they celebrate the 66-47 vote in the Illinois House for a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use Friday, May 31, 2019. The vote sends the bill to Gov. J.B. Pritzker who indicated he will sign it. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)
May 31, 2019 - 4:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is likely to become the 11th state to allow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use after the Democratic-controlled House on Friday sent a legalization plan to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on the issue. Those 21 and older would be able to...
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FILE - This Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, shows a contract employee watching a crews excavate contaminated soil at a site where millions of gallons of jet fuel leaked underground over decades at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. A coalition of state lawmakers and nonprofit groups took the first step toward suing the U.S. Air Force on Friday, May 31, 2019, saying it wants firm deadlines for cleaning up jet fuel contamination at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city. The coalition filed a notice of intent to sue, saying the contamination at Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque is a danger to public health and the environment. It wants an agreement that sets a cleanup schedule with clear deadlines and penalties. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
May 31, 2019 - 3:38 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of state lawmakers and nonprofit groups took the first step toward suing the U.S. Air Force on Friday, saying it wants firm deadlines for cleaning up jet fuel contamination at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city. The coalition filed a notice of intent to...
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