State legislature

FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo rent control supporters march past the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Legislators have said repeatedly the state is in the midst of a housing crisis. But the biggest housing bill of the session, which would have overridden local zoning rules in some areas to allow for the construction of more homes, appears to be dead for the year but could be considered next year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 26, 2019 - 4:06 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2001, file photo, Norm Gissel smiles as he talks about the imminent dismantling of the former headquarters of the Aryan Nations in Hayden Lake, Idaho. Behind Gisel is a Nazi insignia painted atop the roof of the compound's cafeteria. Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations compound was demolished in Idaho, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 26, 2019 - 12:28 am
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018, fle photo Democratic New Mexico state Sen. John Pinto talks about his career as a lawmaker on American Indian Day in the Legislature on in Santa Fe, N.M. Pinto joined the Senate in 1977 and is 92 years old. He was a Marine who trained as a Navajo code talker during World War II. His singing of the "Potato Song" is an annual Senate ritual. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)
May 24, 2019 - 6:36 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation's longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. He was 94. Senate colleague Michael Padilla confirmed Pinto's death in Gallup on Friday after years of...
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Amanda Furdge of Jackson and a mother of three boys, relates her experience seeking an abortion in the state, as she addresses abortion rights advocates at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., during a rally to voice their opposition to state legislatures passing abortion bans that prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The rally in Jackson was one of many around the country to protest abortion restrictions that states are enacting. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
May 24, 2019 - 4:33 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. "Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. "Mississippi has passed another law...
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Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at the California Chamber of Commerce's 94th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom said housing and inequality are two of the biggest issues facing state government and California businesses. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 24, 2019 - 4:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2015, file frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland after she became combative during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. Texas authorities are expected to face sharp questioning over why cellphone video Sandra Bland took during her confrontational 2015 traffic stop never publicly surfaced until May 2019. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
May 24, 2019 - 12:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities on Friday denied withholding a cellphone video of Sandra Bland's confrontational traffic stop, responding to a Democratic legislator's heated questions about why the 39-second clip never publicly surfaced until now. Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers his State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri's Republican-led Legislature has passed a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, and Republican Gov. Parson is expected to sign it. The House approved the measure Friday May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
May 24, 2019 - 10:34 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation. Under the law that comes into force Aug...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2019 file photo, Malaki Seku Amen holds up an American flag with the names of people shot and killed by law enforcement officers, as he and others in rally in support of a bill that would restrict the use of deadly force by police, in Sacramento, Calif. Major police organizations confirmed Thursday, May 23 2019, that they won't fight a measure, AB392, by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego that would bar police from using lethal force unless it is necessary to prevent immediate harm to themselves or others. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 23, 2019 - 5:31 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two major law enforcement organizations have dropped their opposition to California legislation that strengthens standards for when officers can use deadly force, a shift that followed changes to the measure. Spokesmen for organizations representing California police...
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CORRECTS DAY - In this Wednesday, May 22, 2019, migrants mainly from Central America guide their children through the entrance of a World War II-era bomber hanger in Deming, N.M. A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep up with the influx. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
May 23, 2019 - 2:21 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A law firm has completed its investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Northam. Eastern Virginia Medical School said in a statement Tuesday, May 21 that the findings of the investigation will be announced at a press conference on Wednesday, May 22. Northam's profile in the 1984 yearbook includes a photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan clothing. Northam denies being in the photo, which nearly ended his political career in February. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
May 23, 2019 - 9:59 am
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The mystery of whether Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that upended Virginia politics may never be solved, but one thing is clear: The governor has survived what many initially thought was a fatal blow and has managed to return to something resembling normal...
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