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  • THURSDAY, 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.


  • FRIDAY, 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 …


  • TUESDAY, 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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, 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 …


  • TUESDAY, 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.


  • TUESDAY, 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.


  • TUESDAY, 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 …


  • MONDAY, 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.


  • WEDNESDAY, 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.


  • FRIDAY, 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.


  • TUESDAY, 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 …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014, 3:59 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 …


  • MONDAY, 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 …


  • MONDAY, 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:


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013, 8:29 A.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 …


  • SATURDAY, 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 …


  • THURSDAY, 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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013, 9:11 A.M.

    Post office retreats on eliminating Saturday mail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery because Congress barred it, officials said today. But its governing board said it’s …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013, 8:07 A.M.

    French Assembly passes gay marriage, adoption bill

    PARIS (AP) — France’s lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have pushed …


  • British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from within his …


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013, 2:29 P.M.

    Congress sends bill to Obama averting govt default

    WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama drama-free legislation on Thursday raising the debt ceiling, averting a government default and putting off the next tax-and-spending clash between the White House …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012, 8:42 A.M.

    House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House pushed ahead Thursday with a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year as hopes faded for a pre-Christmas …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012, 12:19 A.M.

    Gun laws show difficulty of stemming violent acts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 11:54 P.M.

    House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is moving ahead Thursday on a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year, sparing most workers from a …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 2:47 P.M.

    Obama, Boehner clash as cliff edge approaches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiscal cliff talks at a partisan standoff, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner swapped barbed political charges on Wednesday yet carefully left room for further …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:56 A.M.

    Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January. “This time, the words …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 3:03 A.M.

    Obama to press for policy changes after shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific massacre at a …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 3:49 P.M.

    House, Senate reach agreement on defense bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Tuesday on a $633 billion defense bill that would tighten sanctions on Iran, increase security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 10:56 A.M.

    Unions plan new offensive after Michigan loss

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Blindsided by a new law weakening union rights in Michigan, organized labor is preparing to target Republican governors in politically important states up for re-election in 2014 …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 12:48 A.M.

    Farmers worry about dairy prices as deadline nears

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — As the nation inches toward the economic “fiscal cliff,” anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into …


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