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With closet cleaned at General Assembly, issues still remain

More than 200 bills passed either the North Carolina House or Senate during the past week as the General Assembly's "crossover deadline" came and went. Most policy measures that failed … Click to Continue »

Virginia Missing Persons Day 2017

The Virginia General Assembly has declared April 29 “Missing Persons Day.” To quote from the House Joint Resolution No. 612: “according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center, in 2015, there were 84,961...Show More Summary

Legislature sends Rauner same Chicago pension plan he vetoed

The Illinois General Assembly has sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a plan to shore up Chicago pensions. The House voted 63-45 Thursday to allow the city to use increases in water- … Click to Continue »

N Carolina class-size decrease fix gets final legislative OK

The General Assembly has given final approval to ease class-size mandates in early grades next fall after North Carolina school districts said meeting even lower maximums would mean layoffs and … Click to Continue »

Small progress made with state budget, ill feelings remain

Connecticut lawmakers are making some small progress in reaching a possible agreement on a new state budget. The General Assembly's Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee unanimously approved a revenue package … Click to Continue »

Body camera footage changes leave out city councils

Access to footage through North Carolina's new police camera law would be slightly expanded in legislation advancing in the General Assembly. But lawmakers don't want to disclose video to town … Click to Continue »

The wrong way for California to modernize voting

A new proposal to borrow $450 million to modernize voting equipment in California is the wrong plan at the wrong time. Assembly Bill 668, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, would put a $450 million general obligation bond before the voters in June 2018. But California has too much debt already, with interest on […]

Excerpts from Governor Cooper's newest lawsuit opposing GOP power grab

2 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Just the fact he is forced to do this is infuriating: 4. This General Assembly's continued, direct attacks on executive authority unconstitutionally infringe on the Governor's executive powers in violation of separation of powers, and improperly delegate legislative power without adequate guiding standards. Show More Summary

Law Enforcement In South Carolina And Alabama At War With Gun Rights

The Post And Courier: Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen wants to stop the General Assembly from enacting a law that would allow gun owners to carry their guns concealed or openly without having to get a permit, and he’s enlisted area residents to help him get the job done. [ … ] Mullen says the […]

North Carolina primary moved permanently in Senate bill

Some General Assembly members want to move up permanently North Carolina's primary elections for state and federal offices held every two years. The Senate voted Wednesday night for changing the … Click to Continue »

Lawmakers seek to limit scope of public affairs network

The Connecticut General Assembly is seeking to reduce the current scope of the cable TV and online public affairs network that covers the legislature and other parts of state government. … Click to Continue »

The Latest: N Carolina gov asks court to block elections law

The Latest on the fight between North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-controlled General Assembly over legislation on administering elections and the size of the state Court of Appeals … Click to Continue »

Illinois board to consider Hastert's state lawmaker pension

Illinois officials are poised to consider the status of the pension Dennis Hastert receives for the time he served in the state's General Assembly. The Illinois General Assembly Retirement System's … Click to Continue »

Committee to vote on response to governor's budget plan

The General Assembly's budget-writing committee will vote on a spending plan that's an alternative to the budget Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered in February. The Appropriations Committee was meeting Tuesday … Click to Continue »

Advance on abortion law reform and the treatment of women generally is now inevitable in the Republic. But will it go the whole way?

4 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

For readers catching up, the Times (£) has a good pull together on the prospects of seismic change to the Republic’s abortion law. In a series of votes over the weekend, the citizens’ assembly, set up to consider the issue, recommended that abortion should be available up to 12 weeks after conception “with no restriction more...

After GM flees their country, Venezuelans take sides over who is to blame

The assembly lines stopped whirling years ago. Now weeds blanket the factory grounds. Like so much in this country destabilized by political and economic turmoil, the General Motors plant here in one of Venezuela’s largest cities no longer functions. It stopped producing cars in late 2015. What...

Illinois General Assembly heads into session's final 6 weeks

The Illinois General Assembly is back in Springfield and is heading into the final six weeks of its spring session. The House appeared briefly Monday afternoon, positioning legislation for final … Click to Continue »

New atlas provides highest-resolution imagery of the Polar Regions seafloor

(British Antarctic Survey) The most comprehensive and high-resolution atlas of the seafloor of both Polar Regions is presented this week (Tuesday April 25) at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna.

Republican Judge Resigns to Protest North Carolina GOP’s Attack on Courts

The battle between North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly and its Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has centered, in large part, around the judiciary. The GOP knows that many of its efforts to consolidate power are unlawful, and the courts have not hesitated to block legislative overreach. Show More Summary

GM Fires Its Venezuelan Workforce, Many by Text, as It Flees Country

Last week, General Motors’ long-idled Venezuela assembly plant fell into the hands of the country’s autocratic government, sparking the automaker’s exit from the strife-ridden nation. With its material assets out of its hands, the automaker’s Venezuelan subsidiary jettisoned the plant’s entire 2,700-person workforce today, Reuters reports. Show More Summary

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