Legislation

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2017 file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric crew works at restoring power following a wildfire along the Old Redwood Highway in Santa Rosa, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The nation's largest utility by revenue faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
September 21, 2018 - 1:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or...
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FILE- This June 10, 2015, file photo shows a chip credit card in Philadelphia. Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law, which takes effect Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 21, 2018 - 12:50 pm
Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. The rules used to vary by state, but previously it could cost up to $10 to put a freeze in place. That...
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September 20, 2018 - 7:45 am
STUART, Fla. (AP) — Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude. The miffed residents tell news outlets they've called the Martin County Sheriff's Office, but the man continues to do...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, U.S. Congressional candidate Tom Malinowski speaks during a rally against President Donald Trump at Clarence Dillon Public Library, not far from Trump National Golf Club, where Trump is staying this weekend, in Bedminster, N.J. One provision of the Republican tax overhaul looms large in several tight congressional races this fall. Malinowski said taxes are the top issue voters raise on the campaign trail. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
September 19, 2018 - 7:59 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party's sweeping tax overhaul. The cap on deductions for state and local taxes that was part of the Republican plan was bound to mean that...
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is surrounded by reporters as she arrives for a vote, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 18, 2018 - 5:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, rarely have much in common. But they're united in their condemnation this week of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The top Democrat on the Senate...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Jack Gerard, center, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks with reporters following a news conference with opponents of Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative, in Salt Lake City. Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against an insurgent ballot measure that would legalize it. The Deseret News reported Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader Gerard says there's urgency to allow suffering patients to access the drug. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 17, 2018 - 10:02 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Church leaders say they oppose the ballot measure...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., attends a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Washington. Ryan is rejecting President Donald Trump's assertion an official government death toll for last year’s hurricane in Puerto Rico is wrong. The Wisconsin Republican says he has "no reason to dispute" a study that found nearly 3,000 people on the island died from Hurricane Maria last year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 13, 2018 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a potentially catastrophic hurricane takes aim at the Carolinas, Congress is trying to head off a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown weeks before the November elections. The House on Thursday approved a $147 billion package to fund the Energy...
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September 13, 2018 - 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are debating a Republican proposal to expand the new tax law by making permanent the individual tax cuts now set to expire in 2026. But the move is undercut by election pressures faced by GOP lawmakers from high-tax states where residents are hurt by the law's...
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September 12, 2018 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a major hurricane menaces the East Coast, Congress is moving to avert a legislative disaster that could lead to a partial government shutdown just weeks before the November midterm elections. Senators approved a $147 billion package Wednesday night to fund the Energy Department...
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This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office shows Father Manuel LaRosa-Lopez. LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, by police in Conroe, Texas and is accused of fondling two people when they were teenagers and he was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. He is charged with four counts of indecency with a child. (Montgomery County Sheriff's Office via AP)
September 12, 2018 - 2:27 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges. The two people told...
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