Stories tagged: legislation
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017
Wisconsin governor signs $3 billion Foxconn bill into law
Gov. Scott Walker signed a $3 billion incentive package Monday for Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, a deal he says will provide thousands of …
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., proposed legislation Thursday designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours. Murray called the bill “a smart investment in …
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 2:17 p.m.
House passes bill to speed deployment of self-driving cars
The House voted Wednesday to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to …
Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
Trump’s path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes
President Donald Trump has yet to release a plan despite his campaign pledge to create jobs by building bigger and better transportation and other types of infrastructure projects.
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Sources: Senate GOP health care bill would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes
Top Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday to release their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, a proposal that would cut and revamp Medicaid, end penalties on people not …
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over telemedicine abortion ban
BOISE – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of the Great …
Tue., May 9, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Montana governor vetoes bills on abortion, concealed weapons
Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a proposal that would bar doctors from performing late-term abortions and another that sought to allow lawmakers to carry concealed weapons in the Capitol and other …
UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Mead bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would officially define mead in state law and allow the fermented honey drink to be sold and refilled in growlers …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 9:23 p.m.
Iowa lawmakers pass the state’s most expansive gun rights bill
With one stroke of a pen, Gov. Terry Branstad is poised to make Iowa one of the friendliest states for gun owners.
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
House GOP releases health care bill replacing Obamacare
House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government’s health care role and is expected …
Sun., March 5, 2017, 11:23 p.m.
House GOP readies legislative push to repeal Obamacare
House Republicans, despite stiff political headwinds, are readying an ambitious push this week to begin moving legislation to replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, a crucial test of …
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Regina Malveaux: Gun laws helping to protect women
We must continue to address the horrifying and unacceptable intersection of gun violence and domestic violence
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 8:49 p.m.
First public hearing on use of deadly force legislation
Washington state has a high bar to criminally prosecute police officers who wrongfully kill people in Washington state, a standard that legislators are debating whether to change.
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 8:54 a.m.
Pence tells House GOP to get ready for sweeping legislation
Vice President-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday to be ready to move a lot of legislation next year.
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
Citizen check proposed for Washington voter registration
Legislation requiring Washington state residents to prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency to get state driver’s licenses so elections officials can ensure non-citizens are not trying to register to vote …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 12:13 p.m.
GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft
Buckling under conservative pressure, House Republicans pulled a legislative sleight of hand Tuesday and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required young women to …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Hawaii may be first to help farmers get certified organic
Hawaii is the first state to pass legislation providing tax breaks to farmers to offset the cost of getting certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gov. David …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 12:20 p.m.
Utah fetal pain law takes effect, but doctors unsure how to comply
Utah’s first-in-the-nation requirement that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before some abortions takes effect Tuesday, but doctors say it’s unnecessary and impossible to comply with.
Tue., April 19, 2016, 11:36 a.m.
Court overturns Virginia school’s transgender bathroom rule
A policy barring a transgender student from using the boys’ restrooms at his Virginia high school is discriminatory, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Tue., April 19, 2016, 8:41 a.m.
House Speaker Ryan won’t back bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia
House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to endorse bipartisan legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role that …
Mon., April 4, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
GOP Congress being labeled with do-nothing moniker
Congress increasingly is being defined by what it’s not doing this election year.
Wed., March 16, 2016, 11:33 a.m.
Idaho panel postpones vote on anti-Shariah law legislation
The House State Affairs Committee discussed prohibiting Shariah law Wednesday, but ultimately decided to delay voting until Thursday.
Fri., Dec. 18, 2015, 10:49 p.m.
Tacoma legislator wants Wellpinit to abandon Redskins mascot
Requiring Wellpinit High School to change its team name is among the early bills filed for next session.
Tue., Sept. 30, 2014, 10:09 a.m.
California becomes first state to ban plastic bags
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 15, 2014, 4:23 p.m.
Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for …
Mon., June 9, 2014, 5:19 a.m.
Obama aims to expand student loan relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is signing an executive order that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in student loan payments. The measure …
Mon., Dec. 30, 2013, 7:40 a.m.
Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in US
The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2013, 12:48 p.m.
Obama to allow sale of canceled plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law that would give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans …
Sat., Aug. 24, 2013, 5:51 a.m.
More armed security at schools after Newtown
MIAMI (AP) — In the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Pembroke Pines, students returning to school this year are being greeted not only by their teachers and principal. They’re also meeting …
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013, 7:33 a.m.
Russia will enforce anti-gay law during Olympics
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country’s …