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Archive: February 20, 2014

PHOTO: There's disagreement at the state Capitol between the Senate and House over how to restore voting rights for ex-felons.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Legislation letting Kentuckians vote on a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to most ex-felons has now passed both the House and Senate. But the Senate added several restrictions to the original House bill, including a five-year waiting period, hurtling the is ...Read More

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Today, a state Senate committee takes up legislation to create a Voting Rights Act (VRA) for Washington. Its backers say across the state, not all communities have a fair chance to vote for candidates of their choice because of the election system in their city or county. Th ...Read More

PHOTO: About 80 Marylanders in the 50-plus set are in Annapolis today to meet with legislators and watch the action in the House and Senate. Photo courtesy of AARP Maryland.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Dozens of Marylanders age 50-plus are in Annapolis today to learn more about the legislative process and bend a few ears. About 80 AARP Maryland members will participate. Tresa Ballard, associate state director of communications at AARP Maryland, says several legislative h ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to new sentencing rules after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life imprisonment for juveniles, but social justice advocates say the new rules are still too harsh. Photo credit:

FLINT, Mich. – Michigan judges would have greater discretion in sentencing minors convicted of violent crimes under a bill now on Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. But some advocates for social justice say the options are still far too harsh. Ronald Simpson of Flint spent 27 years in prison and, eve ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report raises questions about whether the rail system can handle more loads of coal and oil from the Powder River Basin - bound for markets overseas. Photo credit: Energy Information Administration.

BILLINGS, Mont. – A new report on rail shipping shows the tracks already are congested in several areas, and as Powder River Basin coal is marketed for export, it raises questions about whether there's room for that much additional rail traffic. Terry Whiteside, the report’s author, sa ...Read More

New rules in Illinois are trying keep Petroleum coke, called petcoke, dust from migrating. Image by Roman Maurer.

CHICAGO – There's a new effort in Illinois to keep petcoke from blowing in the wind. Petroleum coke, called petcoke, is a solid carbon material that resembles coal. State House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says she's heard complaints from her Chicago constituents about the material ...Read More

PHOTO: Saying a teacher's livelihood shouldn't just rely on student's test scores, state Rep. Matthew Hill has sponsored a bill to prohibit such licensure decisions. Image available: photo of students in classroom. Photo credit: Brad Barth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bill that would prohibit linking the licensure of Tennessee teachers solely based on student test scores is gaining momentum at the General Assembly. State Rep. Matthew Hill, the bill's sponsor, says test scores can be useful when districts make decisions on hiring and f ...Read More

Little Calumet River at sampling location 31 at approximately Clark <br />and Riverside in Gary, Indiana. <br />Little Calumet River in Indiana. Courtesy of the State of Indiana.  <br />

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A diverse group of organizations has united against legislation they said would weaken the state's ability to protect the health and safety of Hoosiers. House Bill 1143 would require that Indiana's environmental rules and standards could not surpass federal environmental rules a ...Read More

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