Tag: State Legislatures

New York Passes Bill Giving Congress a Way to Get Trump’s State Tax Returns

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Even before he was elected president, Donald J. Trump had steadfastly refused to release his federal tax returns, bucking years of tradition among presidential candidates. His intransigence deepened once he entered the White House, defying a congressional […]

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Albany Closes a Loophole for Trump Pardons. Next Up: His Taxes.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The New York State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow state prosecutors to pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes, closing a loophole that lawmakers said could be exploited by […]

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As Some States Limit Abortion, Others Move to Protect Abortion Rights

A district attorney in Utah says he refuses to enforce a new law banning abortions after 18 weeks. In Colorado, the Secretary of State is barring her staff from taking work-related trips to Alabama, a protest against that state’s decision last week to set the strictest abortion limits in the country. And in Vermont, Democrats […]

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Nunchuck Bans Have Fallen in New York and Arizona. Will Others Follow?

When Bruce Lee was handed his first pair of nunchucks in the mid-1960s, he called the weapon a “piece of junk,” his training partner, Dan Inosanto, recalled recently. Mr. Lee, the martial arts expert, said the nunchucks were not as effective as sticks — too fancy and too showy. “Then he goes, ‘This might be […]

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Inside the Network of Anti-Abortion Activists Winning Across the U.S.

State after state is passing sweeping abortion restrictions this year, from Alabama’s near total abortion ban, to Ohio’s ban after a fetal heartbeat is detected, to Utah’s ban after a pregnancy reaches 18 weeks. Already, eight states have passed laws that could challenge federal protections for abortion, with more on the way, prompting jubilation on […]

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‘This is a Wave’: Inside the Network of Anti-Abortion Activists Winning Across the Country

State after state is passing sweeping abortion restrictions this year, from Alabama’s near total abortion ban, to Ohio’s ban after a fetal heartbeat is detected, to Utah’s ban after a pregnancy reaches 18 weeks. Already, eight states have passed laws that could challenge federal protections for abortion, with more on the way, prompting jubilation on […]

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Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill Criminalizing Abortion at About 8 Weeks of Pregnancy

The Missouri House passed a bill Friday to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, a measure that comes amid a flurry of anti-abortion legislation in statehouses across the county as Republican lawmakers mount direct challenges to federal protections for the procedure. The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. Mike Parson, a […]

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‘I Don’t Even Know How to Talk to the Other Side About This’

Kay Ivey, Alabama’s Republican governor, this week signed some of the most restrictive abortion legislation this country has seen in decades into law. In response, thousands of women took up the #YouKnowMe hashtag torch on social media, sharing their abortion stories and urging others to do the same. Readers whose beliefs place them on both […]

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In Alabama, Opposition to Abortion Runs Deep

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Even before Alabama passed one of the nation’s most restrictive bans on abortions in decades, the procedure had been in decline in the state after years of limits. The remaining doctors who perform abortions — they have dwindled to a handful — work at only three clinics in a state where there […]

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‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect It

WASHINGTON — In April, Indiana placed a near-total ban on the most common type of second-trimester abortion in the state. Days later, Ohio passed a bill banning abortion in the very early weeks of pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Now on Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a bill effectively banning the […]

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Alabama Governor Signs Nation’s Most Restrictive Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law on Wednesday, effectively banning the procedure in the state altogether in a move that activists hope will force a Supreme Court challenge to the nationwide right to an abortion. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament […]

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The Alabama Abortion Bill: Here’s What Comes Next

Alabama lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure that would ban most abortions in the state. But the Senate’s vote did not immediately outlaw the procedure, and it is far from clear when, or even if, the measure will ultimately take effect. Here’s a guide to what happened, and what might happen next. […]

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With Abortion Rights Under Assault in Alabama, Here’s How to Help

All eyes were on Alabama on Tuesday as the State Senate debated, and then passed, what could become the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Under the legislation, which Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not yet said whether she will sign, women in Alabama would be forced to carry unwanted or nonviable pregnancies to […]

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Alabama Moved to Outlaw Most Abortions. Here’s What’s Next.

Alabama lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure that would ban most abortions in the state. But the Senate’s vote did not immediately outlaw the procedure, and it is far from clear when, or even if, the measure will ultimately take effect. Here’s a guide to what happened, and what might happen next. […]

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Alabama Senate Set to Take Up Bill Effectively Banning Abortion

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Senate is scheduled to take up abortion legislation on Tuesday that would essentially ban the procedure outright. The bill is intended to set up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy. A vote could come as […]

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Can M.J. Hegar Finish the Job Beto Started?

Well, well, well. Joaquin Castro dithered and then declined, but a tougher Texas Democrat has stepped up to announce a challenge to our ruby red Republican senior senator, John Cornyn, who has had a death grip on that office since 2002. The contender, M.J. Hegar, is a tattooed, three-tour veteran of the Afghanistan war who […]

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Amid Chaos, Alabama Lawmakers Delay Vote on Far-Reaching Abortion Ban

The Alabama Senate on Thursday postponed debate on a proposal to outlaw most abortions in the state, delaying the measure that is intended to serve as a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s holding that a woman has a constitutional right to end a pregnancy. The Republican-controlled Senate, faced with procedural disputes and intraparty debate […]

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