Legislation

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 26, 2020 - 4:37 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is set to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers on Wednesday approved a repeal bill that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign into law. Passage had been virtually certain with Democrats holding a substantial majority in the House...
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From left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, hold a news conference to discuss the "Emmett Till Antilynching Act" which would designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Emmett Till, pictured at right, was a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family's grocery store. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 26, 2020 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 25, 2020 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...
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Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon denounces a walkout by Republicans in the state Senate that prevented a quorum on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Salem, Ore. Republican lawmakers are trying to doom a contentious climate change bill. Brown said the Republicans are not against the climate policy but are against the Democratic process. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
February 24, 2020 - 5:22 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican senators slipped out of the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, preventing the state Senate from convening in an attempt to doom a bill aimed at stemming global warming. The walkout was a repeat of action the GOP took last year to kill similar climate change legislation, a...
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February 24, 2020 - 1:04 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of riceare turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water tothe guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales. Yet little is known about the effects of these “microplastics" — onsea...
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File - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey exits the House of Representatives floor after delivering his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey spent years opposing divisive anti-immigration legislation, then embraced it this year before being forced to backtrack after business groups revolted. The Republican governor and GOP legislative leaders pulled a proposal to put an existing sanctuary city ban in the state constitution late Thursday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 21, 2020 - 3:30 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spent much of his first term working to repair the damage to the state's reputation caused by a 2010 tough-on-immigrants law known as SB 1070 that his predecessor signed. That changed this year when the second-term Republican governor promoted a new proposal...
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February 21, 2020 - 2:23 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based on race, religion or nationality. The episode on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, foreground, gestures during his State of the State address as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called "sanctuary cities" in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, comes on the eve of a House hearing on the proposal the Republican governor asked lawmakers to send to voters. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)
February 21, 2020 - 12:08 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine an existing ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday night came on the eve of a now-canceled House hearing on the proposal the...
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Demonstrators protest outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Protesters gathered Thursday outside Portugal's where lawmakers were due to debate proposals that would allow euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. Groups which oppose the procedures waved banners and chanted "Sim a vida!" ("Yes to life!") in bright sunshine outside the parliament building in Lisbon. One banner said, "Euthanasia doesn't end suffering, it ends life." (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
February 20, 2020 - 1:45 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament has voted in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people. The landmark vote Thursday leaves Portugal poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting the procedures. However, the country's...
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February 20, 2020 - 11:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on Iran by slapping sanctions on top members of a powerful clerical body that disqualified thousands of candidates from running in that country's parliamentary elections. A day before Iranians go to the polls, the...
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