Legislation

Democratic State Reps, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Liz Olson, DFL-Duluth talk at the start of the special session Monday, July 20, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. With him is Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Anne Neu, R-North Branch.(Glenn Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
July 21, 2020 - 7:35 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature passed a package of police accountability measures early Tuesday that includes a ban on neck restraints like the one that was used on George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis. The sweeping package was said to be one of the most substantial...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2019, file photo, protesters march on the streets against an extradition bill in Hong Kong. With Britain the latest country to scrap an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, the focus has returned to concerns over Chinese justice that sparked months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous city last year. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
July 21, 2020 - 7:24 am
HONG KONG (AP) — With Britain the latest country to scrap its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, the focus in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has returned to the concerns about China's legal system that set off months of anti-government protests last year. Those sometimes violent...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 21, 2020 - 5:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden wants to spend more than three-quarters of a trillion dollars to dramatically improve care for older Americans, bolster low-income families' tax credits and provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds — part of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's larger...
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A Hong Kong Cafe, known as a "yellow shop" because its owners expressed sympathy for protesters, has a wall decorated with blank post-it notes in Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020. Stores that supported the protest movement by putting up protest artwork and sticky notes filled with words of encouragement from customers have since taken them down, out of fear that its contents could land them in trouble with the authorities. Instead, they have put up blank sticky notes as a way to show solidarity with the movement. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
July 20, 2020 - 9:55 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — It was one of the first protests in Hong Kong after a feared national security law came into effect. Among a dozen or so lunchtime demonstrators at a luxury mall in the Central business district, a man raised a poster that — viewed from afar — read in Chinese, “Liberate Hong Kong,...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 20, 2020 - 9:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday a “big flareup” of COVID-19 cases, but divisions between the White House and Senate Republicans and differences with Democrats posed fresh challenges for a new federal aid package with the U.S. crisis worsening and emergency relief about...
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FILE - In this Wednesday April 22, 2020 file photo, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab leaves 10 Downing Street, London. Britain’s foreign secretary hinted Sunday, July 19 he may move to suspend the U.K.’s extradition arrangements with Hong Kong, and accused Beijing of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighur population in China’s western province of Xinjiang. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)
July 20, 2020 - 1:12 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong on Monday and blocked arms sales to the former British territory after China imposed a tough new national security law. Amid growing tensions with Beijing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the House of Commons that he had...
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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong poses for a picture with the nomination papers as he files his candidacy in Legislative Council elections due in September in Hong Kong Monday, July 20, 2020. Activist Wong on Monday filed to stand as a candidate in an upcoming legislative election, even as the city's new national security law could disadvantage opposition candidates from taking office. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
July 20, 2020 - 2:38 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong filed candidacy papers Monday for upcoming legislative elections in Hong Kong, where the new national security law could prevent opposition candidates from taking seats. Wong was one of the top candidates emerging from unofficial primaries held by...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2020 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks on his cellphone from his desk during an extended session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, Ill. ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Friday July 17, 2020. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool, File)
July 17, 2020 - 7:24 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan “must resign” if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state’s most powerful lawmaker. Madigan, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois,...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 17, 2020 - 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new plan from Senate Republicans to award businesses, schools, and universities sweeping exemptions from lawsuits arising from inadequate coronavirus safeguards is putting Republicans and Democrats at loggerheads as Congress reconvenes next week to negotiate another relief...
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FILE - This Jan. 21, 2000 file photo shows the seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations on the floor of the Statehouse rotunda in Providence, R.I. On Thursday, July 16, 2020, state lawmakers approved placing a question on the November ballot to allow voters the option to remove "and Providence Plantations" from the state's official name. (AP Photo/Susan E. Bouchard, File)
July 17, 2020 - 9:45 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Voters will get another chance to strip the words “and Providence Plantations" from Rhode Island's formal name after lawmakers approved a joint resolution to put the question on the November ballot. Although the word “plantations” in Rhode Island’s name does not specifically...
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