Legislation

  • Senate passes bill to revamp sexual harassment policies in wake of #MeToo movement

    WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday passed legislation to overhaul the way Congress deals with sexual harassment in its ranks, a response to the #MeToo movement that swept the nation and forced several lawmakers to resign under a cloud of misconduct allegations. The bill is designed to hold lawmakers...
  • Oklahoma Republicans refuse to bow to teachers’ demands

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A top Republican lawmaker said Tuesday that the Oklahoma Legislature has no plans to bow to striking teachers’ demand to eliminate a capital gains tax break as a way to end a walkout now in its second week. Rep. John Pfeiffer, a House majority floor leader,...
  • NRA disappointed in bill signed in Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Latest on a shooting at a Florida high school (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The National Rifle Association is expressing disappointment after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a gun control bill that was written after a mass shooting at a high school killed 17 people....
  • Bill spurred by Nassar scandal concerns Catholic Church

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan bill inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal that would retroactively extend the amount of time child victims of sexual abuse have to sue their abusers is drawing concerns from the Catholic Church, which has paid out billions of dollars to settle U.S. clergy...
  • Wash. State Bill Would Force Religious Employers to Pay for Drugs That Could Cause an Abortion

    A Washington State bill currently making its way through the legislature would force all employers to provide birth control coverage, including potential abortifacients, for employees, regardless of religious objections. Washington’s state Senate passed a bill earlier this month that would mandate preventive services coverage for employers, with the measure...
  • Pull them up: Bill would ban saggy pants in South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina lawmakers are working to pass a bill to ban saggy pants throughout the state. House Bill 4957 would make it illegal for a person to expose their skin or underwear by wearing their pants “three inches below the crest of his ileum” — the...
  • House passes short-term spending bill, but legislation faces long odds in Senate

    House passes spending bill, which faces long odds in Senate WASHINGTON — House Republicans narrowly passed a four-week spending bill on Thursday night to avert a partial government shutdown, but Democrats appeared to have enough votes to tank the measure in the Senate. The House 230-to-197 vote occurred just 30...
  • Some Trump supporters unhappy with DOJ’s anti-pot stance

    The Trump administration’s anti-marijuana move has some members of the president’s voting base fuming. Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they’ve felt let down by the man they helped elect....
  • GOP leaders say VA Democrats trying to ‘litigate’ victory

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Republican leaders say Democrats are trying to “litigate their way to victory” in a tied House race that could decide the balance of power in the House of Delegates. GOP House Leader Kirk Cox told reporters Friday that Democrats have caused “politically motivated delays” in...