State legislature

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020, file photo, Jon Ossoff speaks to the the media and supporters after he qualified to run in the Senate race against Republican Sen. David Perdue in Atlanta. Ossoff, a young Georgia media executive known for breaking fundraising records during a 2017 special election loss for a U.S. House seat, beat back a field of Democratic primary opponents to win a spot taking on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November, according to votes tallied as of late Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
June 10, 2020 - 9:30 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Ossoff, a young Georgia media executive known for breaking fundraising records during a 2017 special election loss for a U.S. House seat, beat back a field of Democratic primary opponents to win a spot taking on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November. Ossoff received about 50.5...
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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, rests her head on her hands as she listens to lawmakers discuss her measure to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to let voters decide if the state should overturn its ban on affirmative action programs, during the Assembly session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. California has banned affirmative action-type programs since 1996 when 55% of voters agreed to amend the state’s Constitution to ban “preferential treatment” based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin..(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 10, 2020 - 8:46 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decades-long push to let California's public universities and government agencies consider race when making admissions and hiring decisions passed its first test Wednesday as more than two-thirds of the state Assembly voted to put the question on the ballot in November...
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center right, listens in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, June 8, 2020, as artist Seito Jones, right talked about his stencil of George Floyd that is free for download by anyone. Walz took a walking tour of some of the artworks commissioned by Springboard for the Arts along University Avenue. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)
June 10, 2020 - 10:59 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of George Floyd is sparking calls for the Minnesota Legislature to remove racial inequities from the criminal justice system in the state where he died and to aid neighborhoods damaged in unrest that followed. But it’s not clear yet how far lawmakers will go when they...
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Steven Posey checks his phone as he waits in line to vote, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Central Park in Atlanta. Voters reported wait times of three hours. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
June 10, 2020 - 7:43 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The long-standing wrangle over voting rights and election security came to a head in Georgia, where a messy primary and partisan finger-pointing offered an unsettling preview of a November contest when battleground states could face potentially record turnout. Many Democrats blamed...
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George Floyd's funeral procession arrives at Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Pearland, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 09, 2020 - 10:43 pm
TOP OF THE HOUR: — `He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for George Floyd. — New York passes bill to unveil police discipline records. — Officials back off removing temporary fencing at White House. — Portland mayor to redirect $7 million from police budget to other areas. — National...
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In this May 29, 2020 photo taken from video New York police officer Vincent D'Andraia, right, pushes protester Dounya Zayer during a protest in the Brooklyn borough of New York. D'Andraia is facing criminal charges after he was caught on video violently shoving Zayer to the ground during the protest over the death of George Floyd. Brooklyn prosecutors charged Officer Vincent D'Andraia on Tuesday with assault and other counts in the May 29 confrontation. (Whitney Hu via AP)
June 09, 2020 - 6:47 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers on Monday repealed a decades-old law that has kept law enforcement officers’ disciplinary records secret, spurred by the national uproar over the death of George Floyd. The measure to make officers’ records and misconduct complaints public is among...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2020 file photo, Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold, center, is shown on the Senate floor in Juneau, Alaska. The nation's ongoing battle against the coronavirus is dividing lawmakers along partisan lines in state Capitols. Health screenings were required of legislative staff and media at the Alaska Capitol, though lawmakers could skip it. Protocols said masks were required. But Reinbold didn't wear one. “It didn’t make sense to me,” Reinbold said. "I saw no research on cloth, silk, cotton face coverings ... that they prevent COVID.” (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
June 09, 2020 - 12:28 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — To the issues creating a partisan divide in state legislatures across the U.S., add this one: masks. Many Democratic lawmakers are wearing them amid the coronavirus outbreak while many Republicans refuse. "Public health has become partisan,” bemoaned South Carolina state...
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People wait in a line to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
June 09, 2020 - 10:24 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Long lines snaked around polling places Tuesday, and some voters faced hourlong waits as Georgia held its twice-delayed primary election amid a shortage of poll workers and social-distancing precautions caused by the coronavirus. Widespread problems included trouble with Georgia's...
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A health worker leaves after collecting samples from a family for coronavirus testing at a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 8, 2020. The number of new coronavirus infections in Pakistan continued to spiral upward, as the nation of 220 million people surpassed 100,000 cases as of Sunday with more than 2,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
June 08, 2020 - 11:01 pm
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan recorded more than 100 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time since keeping statistics in mid-March, when the country first imposed a lock down that has never been total. As of Tuesday, Pakistan recorded 108,316 coronavirus infections, with 4,646 new...
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Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, D- Buffalo, speaks in favor of new legislation for Police Reform while standing with Assembly members during a news briefing at the state Capitol Wednesday, June 8, 2020, in Albany, N.Y. New York lawmakers are poised to overhaul a decades-old law that has kept officers’ disciplinary records secret. The Democrat-led Legislature planned to pass a repeal of the law Monday as part of a package of reforms that would also ban officers from subduing people with chokeholds. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he intends to sign the legislation. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
June 08, 2020 - 6:07 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A decades-old law that kept law enforcement officers’ disciplinary records secret in New York appeared to be headed for an overhaul this week as state lawmakers moved to act on a number of police accountability measures prompted by street demonstrations over the death of George...
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