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    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lawmakers in Pennsylvania continue to face calls to revive cocktails to-go for the struggling restaurant industry. During the pandemic, restaurants and bars were able to sell takeout cocktails through a waiver included in Gov. Tom Wolf’s Disaster Emergency Declaration. But the declaration was canceled by the legislature last week, abruptly eliminating to-go cocktails. Philadelphia council members and...
    LANSING, Mich (AP) — A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers announced a package of bills Wednesday to curb opioid overdose deaths in the state, which experts say spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement came during a media conference to mandate supportive practices in hospitals and increase access to life-saving medications. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: What Will The Revised...
    LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There is a new warning saying THC-laced cookies are anything but kid stuff. Educators and lawmakers on Long Island are sounding the alarm, trying to close a loophole that allows the cannabis plant extract called Delta 8 to be sold legally in New York state, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Wednesday. They look like snacks for...
    Washington (CNN)Wisconsin's Democratic governor approved a series of policing bills bills on Tuesday, including a ban on the use of chokeholds by officers except in life-threatening situations. "These bills are part of a package of bipartisan policing changes and are only a step toward making meaningful progress for a more just, more equitable, and safer state for everyone," Gov. Tony...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of compensating college athletes, two key California lawmakers say they want to launch the state’s groundbreaking ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ in time for the 2021 college football season. The state law that allows athletes at colleges and universities in California to earn money from...
    Hundreds of legislators are pushing Congress to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, despite its paltry odds of victory in the Senate. In a pleading letter to Senate and House leadership, more than 480 state legislators called for the passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act,...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke headlined a voting rights rally in Austin on June 20, a day before Democrats in the U.S. Senate take up a sweeping bill aimed at combating new Republican-backed voting restrictions in Texas and other states across the country. Democratic lawmakers in Texas staged a dramatic, 11th-hour walkout as the legislative session...
    Wisconsin Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman introduced a bill Friday that would ban Washington, D.C. public schools from teaching critical race theory  –  a controversial doctrine that assumes systematic racism is a defining feature of U.S. history and society. Grothman said that critical race theory teaches children "to hate each other and hate their country." BIDEN SIGNS BILL MAKING JUNETEENTH A...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed the legislature’s portion of the state budget after an elections bill he prioritized was killed when Democrats walked out at end of this year’s session. During a dramatic end to the session at the end of May, Democrats walked out of the House chamber before a midnight deadline to pass...
    For two years, Illinois Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker has bypassed the appointee process for the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (PRB) to fill it with his hand-picked appointees. One of the newest board members is a man convicted of a double homicide. During this timeframe, Pritzker’s PRB has released several prisoners–many of whom are now fugitives after violating the terms of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Before sending law enforcement resources off to other states, many lawmakers, state leaders and activists are calling on the governor to send help closer to home. “So I think it’s the right thing to do, but I do also believe that what’s going on there is impacting communities all across the country that are not necessarily on...
    The North Carolina General Assembly has approved a bill that could protect taxpayers from pension-spiking costs. Senate Bill 668 temporarily stops local boards of education from suing the state for its retirement benefit cap and authorizes additional payment options for the liabilities under the cap. Pension spiking occurs when a retiree earns more from the retirement fund than...
    SACRAMENTO — Let’s be clear: The state budget the Legislature just passed is a payroll protection program — for the Legislature. But it’s also much more. And it doesn’t mean the budget should cynically be dismissed as a sham, the way it is in much of the media. It’s very real with many significant elements — like them or not....
    WASHINGTON -- Following their "very robust conversation" with Vice President Kamala Harris, Democratic state legislators from Texas conceded that while the Biden administration wants to see federal voting reform legislation make it to the president's desk, the hurdle to passage is the U.S. Senate -- but they aren't giving up on conversations with those lawmakers."We know it's a priority for...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A group representing landlords is suing Gov. Tim Walz to end the state eviction moratorium first put in place when the pandemic began, arguing the ban is unconstitutional and should no longer be enforced. In a 64-page lawsuit, the Minnesota Multi Housing Association and others allege Walz’s executive order barring evictions for the past 15 months...
    BOSTON (CBS) – State lawmakers have voted to extend some popular pandemic policies. Outdoor dining, to-go cocktails and eviction protection all expired when the state of emergency ended Tuesday morning. The new measure would allow restaurants to serve to-go drinks until May 2022 and extend special permits for outdoor dining through next April. The bill now goes to Gov. Charlie...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — State lawmakers will unveil updated legislation to try to stop discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community. READ MORE: 2k Dead From COVID-19 In Allegheny County As US Death Toll Tops 600k The Pennsylvania Fairness Act would prohibit people from being denied employment and housing based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or...
    SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature on Monday approved a $264-billion state budget blueprint, far-reaching legislation to boost the state’s COVID-19 recovery and comply with a state constitutional mandate that lawmakers pass a plan by June 15 or forfeit a portion of their salaries. But it will not be the final budget of record for the fiscal year that begins on...
    (CNN)Nearly two dozen Democratic members of the Texas state Legislature are taking their voting rights fight from Austin to Washington this week. The trip is a "Hail Mary" effort of sorts, to apply some Texas-sized pressure on US lawmakers to support the passage of the For the People's Act, a comprehensive federal voting rights bill that would counteract many of...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Frustrated by years of partisan bickering that often delayed the state budget, California voters in 2010 made a big change to the state’s Constitution: Lawmakers must pass a state spending plan by June 15 or else they forfeit their six-figure salaries. Since that change — along with another one allowing lawmakers to pass spending plans with fewer...
    The state of Wisconsin is going to continue to buy land to make sure it never gets developed. The Legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee on Thursday agreed to extend the state’s stewardship program for four more years. “This popular program is part of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is utilized to purchase property and make improvements to public...
    Officials with the American Lung Association are praising Illinois lawmakers for taking steps to address youth access to e-cigarettes. Kristina Hamilton, director of advocacy with the American Lung Association of Illinois, says the “Preventing Youth Vaping Act” would give the state Attorney General more enforcement authority over e-cigarette companies. “The legislation is more focused on the practices of...
    ST. PAUL (WCCO) – The Minnesota legislature will begin a special session Monday to hash out the $52 billion budget and resolve remaining policy disputes as quickly as possible to avoid a government shutdown. But there is still a good deal of work left for state lawmakers as the window of time before the new fiscal year shrinks. If no...
    Loading the player... Louisiana has recognized Juneteenth, the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, as a legal state holiday. The third Saturday in June will be celebrated as Juneteenth Day under a bill passed without any nay votes and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas (Mrs. Charles...
    BOSTON (AP) — A bill approved by the Massachusetts House would upend the process of drawing local precinct lines, setting off a political squabble that pits Democratic lawmakers against the Democratic secretary of state and local city and town leaders. Due to the pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing redistricting data six months later than usual, giving cities and...
    It took covid-19 to give millions of Americans the option of telling their doctor about their aches and pains by phone. But now that more doctors and patients are returning to in-person appointments, policymakers across the country are divided over how much taxpayer money to keep spending on phone appointments. Although they were a lifeline for Medicaid and Medicare patients...
    Environmentalists are praising lawmakers in Maine for passing legislation to divest the state’s pension investment and other funds from fossil fuel companies. The Boston Globe is touting the growing popularity of dumping fossil fuels investments in the name of climate change and reported Maine’s bill makes it the first state to authorize divestiture. Other states looking at doing the same...
    (CBS Detroit) – A new bill also making its way through the state legislature aims to fight pollution caused by auto lots and junkyards. Dozens of protesters also made their way to that press conference earlier, holding signs that say “clean water” and “clean air.” READ MORE: Michigan Lawmakers Looks To Give More Time For Drivers To Renew Expired Drivers...
    (CBS Detroit) – Michigan’s senior population is the focus of new legislation tonight to further protect a group already hit hard by the pandemic. Attorney general Dana Nessel says an elder abuse task force is needed to protect them. READ MORE: $2,500 Reward Offered For Information Leading To The Arrest of Ashley Debarry’s Killer Nessel said, “If we can’t come...
    Lawmakers in New York will have to wait, as their efforts to remove the Trump name from a Hudson Valley state park stalled in the Assembly. Poll Do You Think NY State Should Rename Donald J. Trump State Park? Yes No Undecided Submit Vote View Results Subscribe to the results of this poll We'll send you an email when the...
    Florida’s 6.5 million businesses and homeowners will see some significant changes in state property insurance regulations beginning July 1 after Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday signed a reform package into law. Senate Bill 76 slashes the time to file claims from three years to two, reduces attorney “multiplier fees” and allows insurers to cover only the depreciated rather than full...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state elected officials are getting raises.The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted Tuesday to approve 4.2% pay hikes for Newsom, state lawmakers and other state elected officials, the Sacramento Bee reported.The raises take effect in December. Newsom will receive an extra $8,809 per year, raising his salary to $218,556. Most state lawmakers...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania that sought to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, ruling they lacked standing to sue. Senate Republicans led by Sens. Gene Yaw and Lisa Baker claimed the Delaware River Basin Commission overstepped its authority...
    Lawmakers in New York will have to wait, as their efforts to remove the Trump name from a Hudson Valley state park stalled in the Assembly. Poll Do You Think NY State Should Rename Donald J. Trump State Park? Yes No Undecided Submit Vote View Results Subscribe to the results of this poll We'll send you an email when the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state elected officials are getting raises. The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted Tuesday to approve 4.2% pay hikes for Newsom, state lawmakers and other state elected officials, the Sacramento Bee reported. READ MORE: Injury Accident Involving Overturned Tractor Trailer Closes Lanes of Eastbound I-80 in Pinole The raises take effect...
    New York state lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that will make it possible for people who identify as neither male nor female to have a gender-neutral “X” to designate their gender on birth certificates and driver licenses.  The legislation now heads to Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoRepublican NY state senator: Single-payer health care bill won't get a vote this week Prosecutors...
    Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman refused to resign, so his fellow state lawmakers expelled him from the chamber. Republican state Rep. Mike Nearman was expelled from the Oregon Legislature on Thursday after it was discovered he assisted rioters who raided the state Capitol in December of last year. Nearman, who...
    Lawmakers in Oregon late Thursday unanimously voted to oust their Republican colleague who helped far-right rioters get into the State Capitol last year. State Representative Mike Nearman was the only lawmaker to vote against his own removal, a press release from Oregon Democrats said, days after a surfaced video reported by The Oregonian last Friday showed him coaching people on...
    State Rep. Mike Nearman refused to resign, so his fellow state lawmakers expelled him from the chamber. A Republican state representative from Oregon was expelled from the Legislature on Thursday, after he was caught on video not letting the violent protesters into the building, but actually planning the attack with...
    Salem, Oregon — Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21. Legislators said on the House floor that this could be the most important vote they ever cast. They then proceeded Thursday night to...
    In many parts of the country, warmer weather tends to bring rain and/or storms—something you may be enjoying from dry, safe place even as you read this. But as ever, GOP lawmakers in legislatures across the country continue to cast ominous clouds over things like equality, voting rights, and basic decency. That’s right—you've been caught in a Statehouse Action squall....