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2021 Legislative Session

LEGISLATURE 2021 Special Session News Senate’s new Democrats difference in pot passage Expungement for pot crimes wins approval NM set to legalize cannabis after landmark Senate vote Cannabis expungement bill gets Senate approval Special session on cannabis legalization begins at Capitol Economic development discussion gets new life Cannabis legalization may spawn profitable industry Growers optimistic […]

Colorado Legislature plans to tackle rising costs, crime

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature reconvened Wednesday for its 2022 session with both majority Democrats and minority Republicans promising legislation to tackle the state’s increasing unaffordability and rise in crime. After two sessions defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year lawmakers will decide where to allocate nearly $2.6 billion of federal American Rescue Plan Act […]

Abortion grows as priority issue for Democrats: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON — With Roe v. Wade facing its strongest threat in decades, a new poll finds Democrats increasingly view protecting abortion rights as a high priority for the government. Thirteen percent of Democrats mentioned abortion or reproductive rights as one of the issues they want the federal government to address in 2022, according to a […]

Biden shied away from news conferences, interviews in Year 1

WASHINGTON — In what’s become a familiar scene, President Joe Biden lingered after delivering a recent speech on the pandemic as reporters fired a barrage of questions. He bristled at a query about the shortage of COVID-19 rapid tests, answered another about omicron-spurred travel restrictions and sidestepped a third about whether Sen. Joe Manchin failed […]

Navy blocked from acting against 35 COVID vaccine refusers

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas has granted a preliminary injunction stopping the Navy from acting against 35 sailors for refusing on religious grounds to comply with an order to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The injunction is a new challenge to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision to make vaccinations mandatory for all members of […]

State Rep. Alonzo Baldonado stepping down from House

SANTA FE — Six-term state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado announced his abrupt resignation from the New Mexico state House on Friday, saying it was time to step aside for new blood. Baldonado, a Los Lunas Republican, said he had been thinking about stepping down and almost didn’t run for re-election in 2020. He ultimately ran and […]

Harry Reid remembered as a fighter, skilled Senate dealmaker

LAS VEGAS — He was an accomplished amateur boxer who’d rather dance. But Harry Reid was fond of reminding his opponents that he knew how to fight, too. That skill took him far — from poverty in Searchlight, Nevada, to the pinnacle of the U.S. Senate. “I don’t have people saying ‘he’s the greatest speaker,’ […]

State legislatures in US poised to act on abortion rights

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Early in the new year, the Vermont House of Representatives is due to begin debate on an amendment that would enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution and send the question to voters in the fall. Because the process began two years ago, it’s a coincidence that Vermont lawmakers will […]

Sarah Weddington, lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade, dies at 76

DALLAS — Sarah Weddington, a Texas lawyer who as a 26-year-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Sunday. She was 76. Susan Hays, Weddington’s former student and colleague, said she died in her sleep early Sunday morning at her Austin home. Weddington had been in […]

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