New York set to legalize recreational cannabis, after lawmakers pass & Cuomo vows to sign bill

New York’s state legislature has passed a bill legalizing the use of recreational cannabis for adults aged 21 and older, while ending most pot-related arrests in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to sign the measure. The legalization bill passed the state Senate 40-23 on Tuesday and was approved by the state assembly in […]

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Pompeo insists China ‘tide is turning’ at contentious US Senate hearing – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo insisted on Thursday the “tide is turning” in dealings with China, citing international support for Washington’s policies even as he expressed “dismay” at the number of countries supporting Beijing’s new security law for Hong Kong. Reflecting rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies, Pompeo stressed President Donald […]

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Slavery as a punishment for crimes is in the books in Ohio and lawmakers have been trying to change that for years

Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio says: “There shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime.” “Most legislators, even ourselves didn’t even realize that it was still here in our constitution,” Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black […]

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Protesters Demanded Police Reform. Minnesota Lawmakers Left Without Passing a Bill.

MINNEAPOLIS — Political leaders in Minnesota promised sweeping reforms after George Floyd’s killing turned their state into a focal point for nationwide fury and grief over police killings and racism. But those efforts collapsed early on Saturday as leaders in the Minnesota Legislature — the only one in the country where Democrats control one chamber […]

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Tennessee lawmakers pass fetal heartbeat abortion bill backed by governor

Early Friday morning, the Tennessee Senate approved the bill, 23-5, after the House had passed the legislation earlier, 68-17. Republicans control both chambers. The legislation — which prompted immediate legal action from several abortion rights groups — effectively bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks, through 24 weeks into […]

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Nepal’s upper house endorses proposal to consider amendment to update new political map – Times of India

Nepal’s House of Representatives members gesture as they vote on an amendment to update the national emblem wi…Read More KATHMANDU: Nepal Parliament’s upper house on Sunday endorsed a proposal to discuss the Constitution amendment bill to update the country’s new political map that includes three strategically key Indian territories, a day after the lower house […]

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New York lawmakers vote to repeal law keeping police disciplinary records hidden from public

Both chambers of the New York state legislature have voted to repeal a measure that mandates police disciplinary records are kept from the public, sending the proposal onto the governor’s desk for approval. New York’s Senate and Assembly both passed a measure to repeal section 50-a of the state’s Civil Rights Law on Tuesday, which […]

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German lawmakers criticize reported US troop withdrawal plan – Times of India

US troops at a base in Bremerhaven, Germany (AFP File photo) BERLIN: Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U.S decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops stationed in Germany. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reduce the number of US […]

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US lawmakers, Trump campaign condemn vandalisation of Gandhi statue – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The vandalisation of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Washington DC is disrespectful and such incidents do not bring people together, top US lawmakers have said. The statue, which is across the road from the Indian Embassy, was vandalised with graffiti and spray painting on Wednesday, prompting the mission to register a complaint with the local […]

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Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear

Doug Stafford, Senator Rand Paul’s chief strategist, responded on Sunday night to Mr. Schatz’s idea: “We’ve being doing this one for years. Happy to help,” he wrote on Twitter. Mr. Paul has also been a longtime proponent of the demilitarization of local police and has previously teamed with Mr. Schatz to reform the Pentagon program, […]

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