GO
Loading...

Legislation

More

  • BOISE, Idaho— A company that sells contact lenses online has cleared its first hurdle in persuading the Idaho Legislature to ban manufacturers from cutting off retailers that don't sell their product at a set minimum price. The Idaho House and Welfare Committee unanimously voted Thursday to send the bill to the House floor for a full vote.

  • WASHINGTON— A leading House Republican claimed Thursday that he's been told of a 100- page document showing the Obama administration is preparing contingency plans in case the Supreme Court invalidates federal subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health care coverage. Joseph Pitts, R- Pa., said he had learned of the paper's existence from "a source"...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 26- Bondholders are split on a proposed bill to give Puerto Rico's ailing public agencies a way to restructure debt under U.S. bankruptcy law, with some saying it would give confidence to the market and others arguing it is a "Wild West" solution. The bill to give Puerto Rico's agencies the ability to file under Chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code- used by...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- British American Tobacco, the world's second-largest cigarette maker, said on Thursday it would take action against the UK government if it enacts a plan to put cigarettes in "plain packaging". The UK parliament is expected to vote on regulations to ban branding on cigarette packs before it is dissolved on March 30, in preparation for the general...

  • The Federation of German Consumer Organizations said it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Facebook's European headquarters in Ireland. The California- based company has faced regular legal challenges from privacy advocates in Europe. Facebook told The Associated Press in an emailed statement it was reviewing the complaint, but was surprised that it "...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products. A Senate committee voted 3-2 to approve the bill and send it to the full Senate after a nearly two-hour debate about the legal and...

  • New Mexico House panel OKs Uber, Lyft regulation bill Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— A measure aimed at regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft in New Mexico cleared its first hurdle Thursday. Monica Youngblood, R- Albuquerque, and Sen. Last year, the Public Regulation Commission ordered the San Francisco- based Lyft to cease operations in Albuquerque.

  • Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    "Today is a red-letter today for Internet freedom," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, whose remarks at Thursday's meeting frequently prompted applause by Internet activists in the audience. In an online letter, he thanked the millions who wrote to the FCC and spoke out on social media in support of the change. "Today's FCC decision will protect innovation and create a...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— For the second time in two years, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday sent a proposal to privatize the operations of much of the state-controlled wine and liquor store system, but it faces an uncertain fate and is challenged as a long-term fiscal loser for the state government. "It has been way too long in Pennsylvania."

  • SEC probes companies' treatment of whistleblowers - WSJ Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:16 PM ET

    The inquiries come as SEC officials have expressed concern about a possible corporate backlash against whistleblowers, the newspaper said. It couldn't be determined how many or which companies were sent the letters or what penalties the SEC could potentially levy in the probe, the Journal said. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law gave the SEC the power...

  • Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president, but they've still got day jobs as governors— and face another round in the ring with organized labor. For Christie, that means trying to reach a deal to fix New Jersey's underfunded pension system by working with a teacher's union that he's repeatedly...

  • Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court. "This is just one federal judge," Obama said of the district judge in Texas who put Obama's order on hold. A 26- state coalition led by Texas is suing...

  • Obama says he would veto immigration repeal Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    MIAMI— President Barack Obama says he would veto a stand-alone measure in the Senate repealing his executive actions on immigration. Obama is answering questions at a town hall meeting in Miami hosted by the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo. But with a partial agency shutdown looming, the Senate is now looking to vote separately on funding and Obama's...

  • Feb 25- Morgan Stanley said it will pay $2.6 billion to the U.S. government to resolve potential claims stemming from the sale of mortgage bonds before the financial crisis, reducing its 2014 profit by more than half. Morgan Stanley increased its legal reserves by about $2.8 billion, which lowered its 2014 income from continuing operations by $2.7 billion, or...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 25- Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will re-introduce legislation on Thursday designed to encourage the development of clean coal technologies that could keep the fuel a key source of American power generation. The bill, which is likely to be popular in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate but face opposition from the White House,...

  • MADISON, Wis.— For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. They introduced the measure on Friday and the Senate began debating it Wednesday, making it difficult for unions to mobilize large-scale protests...

  • TORONTO, Feb 25- Canada's new rail safety legislation would make it possible for governments to recover costs from railways for any fire they cause, not just accidents that involve crude oil, said Transport Canada, a change that could force railways to pay millions in costs associated with forest fires. Canadian National Railway Co, which is in a legal dispute...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents. About 36 percent of homeowners and nearly half of renters spend more than a third of their income on housing, a Public Policy Institute of California report released this month said.

  • Businesses couldn't process credit card transactions, ATMs didn't function, law enforcement databases were unavailable, and even weather reports were affected in an area stretching from north of Phoenix to Flagstaff, about 100 miles away. CenturyLink spokesman Alex Juarez said the problem was first reported around noon. Phoenix police said CenturyLink...

  • WASHINGTON— The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The bill would add $51 million to the budget deficit over the next decade, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, which provides official estimates for Congress. While the measure highlights a political...