RI Senate votes to eliminate filibuster
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state Sen. Sam Bell has likely held the last attempted filibuster in the state to oppose a new five-minute floor limit.
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Nebraska senators maintain status quo on filibusters
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers aren't likely to make any changes this year to rules that determine how long senators can mount a filibuster to block bills they oppose.
A proposal to change the legislative rule was withdrawn Tuesday after lawmakers debated the issue. The proposal would have guaranteed a collective 10 ½ hours of extended debate during three rounds of consideration on each bill.
AP Explains: What happens if the Senate goes ‘nuclear?’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority, to go "nuclear" over funding for the border wall with Mexico.
Enough Republicans have said they oppose it to make it unlikely to be used to avoid a government shutdown. But what does that mean and why is it, well, nuclear?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is moving ahead on a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in leftover spending, scheduling a vote after President Donald Trump took to Twitter to sell the idea.
A spokesman for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that the House will vote Thursday night on the measure, which had appeared to languish after Trump submitted it last month. The measure faces long odds in the Senate despite being immune to a Democratic filibuster.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Senate has effectively killed a ban on almost all abortions in the state, voting early Friday morning to return the bill to committee.
Five Republicans joined Democrats in the 24-21 vote, which came after Democrats held the Senate floor for an hours-long filibuster. The measure, now dead for this year, would only have allowed abortions in cases of rape, incest or risk of the mother's life.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina's Senate rejecting a ban on nearly all abortions (all times local):
After a proposal to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina failed, supporters and opponents of the bill are trying to find lessons from the debate.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a South Carolina Senate proposal to ban nearly all abortions (all times local):
South Carolina senators have voted to return for a rare Friday session as a debate over a ban on nearly all abortions in the state continues.
While the Senate failed in two votes to end the filibuster Thursday, they did decide to return on Friday instead of taking their typical four-day weekend.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators have started an abortion debate that Democrats warn they may filibuster until the session ends next week.
Senators took up the dismemberment abortion bill Tuesday.
The bill would outlaw a practice in which doctors use forceps to pull apart a fetus before removal from the womb.
Local View: Why can’t Nebraska enact tax reform? Filibusters play key role
Nebraskans have been debating how to change their tax code for over half a century. In recent years, multiple attempts for reforms have met their demise in legislative committee or the first round of debate.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts isn't giving up on his push to lower property taxes after his proposal to lawmakers stalled in this year's legislative session.
Ricketts pledged in an Associated Press interview to keep trying to build a contingent of supporters that's large enough to overcome senators who oppose it in next year's session. The governor's property and corporate income tax package was derailed by a filibuster during the 60-day session that ended Wednesday.
LINCOLN — A bill the wireless industry says would help Nebraska ramp up for the next generation of high-speed communications hit a roadblock Wednesday and now appears stalled for the year.
As negotiations over NAFTA heat up, liberals and conservatives have begun outlining what they want to see President Trump include in the new deal he strikes with Mexico and Canada.
Conservatives spot new tactic to pass bills without Senate filibuster
Some of the conservative movement's biggest names urged President Trump Thursday to use NAFTA negotiations as a way to get around a Democratic filibuster and push through major cuts to government regulations.
The tax reform package championed by Gov. Pete Ricketts and Sen. Jim Smith of Papillion appeared trapped Tuesday by a filibuster and faded from this year's legislative agenda.
Donald Trump threatens to nix DACA, NAFTA deals over illegal immigration
In a flurry of tweets Sunday, President Trump said he was pulling a DACA deal off the table and demanded Mexico help in deterring illegal border crossers or else he'd nix NAFTA.
Compromise reached on Title X, filibuster overcome, budget advances, but not without harsh criticism
LINCOLN - Critics rail against it, but a compromise is reached, a filibuster is broken, and a budget bill moves into position for passage.
Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk comes to the legislative floor to announce a compromise had been reached on Title X federal family planning money.
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House delays vote on bill to track race in traffic stops
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives did not vote Tuesday on anti-racial profiling legislation, ratcheting up the stakes on what could be the final day of the legislative session.
Divided Senate delays vote on ethics exemption
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided Alabama Senate delayed a vote on a proposal to exempt economic developers from the state law that governs lobbyists.
Senators on Tuesday postponed a vote as the proposal threatened to get bogged down in an unrelated filibuster because an anti-racial profiling bill had stalled in the House of Representatives.
Senators had also engaged in contentious debate over whether the ethics exemption is a job recruitment necessity or a dangerous new hole in the ethics law.
Bills to address Nebraska’s prison overcrowding stalls
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With limited time left in the legislative session, lawmakers hit a roadblock Tuesday in their efforts to address overcrowding and other problems in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.
School choice bill in Nebraska Legislature unlikely to overcome filibuster
LINCOLN — Efforts to put state support behind private and parochial school students appear to be dead for the year.
Nebraska lawmakers moved on to other matters Friday, after spending three hours of passionate debate on Legislative Bill 295.
Mike DeWine says he’s glad he helped save the filibuster. Ohio Matters: Episode 10
Mike DeWine says he's glad he helped save the filibuster. Ohio Matters: Episode 10
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican running for governor, is proud of the work he did preserving the filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
Bill to require vote for school building levies stalls
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would require voters to approve or reject property tax levies for Nebraska school building projects has stalled in the Legislature.
Senators voted 18-12 on Thursday to force an end to a legislative filibuster, but supporters needed 33 votes. The vote effectively kills the bill this year.
Senate delays vote on church ‘Stand your Ground’ law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on a proposed revision of the state's self-defense law to clarify that deadly force can be used to defend someone in a church.
Senators delayed a Thursday vote after at least one senator threatened a filibuster.
Sen. Bobby Singleton said that the legislation is encouraging people to get "trigger happy."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A dispute over abortion and family-planning clinics is threatening to derail a Nebraska state budget bill.
Lawmakers remained at an impasse Wednesday after falling three votes short of the support needed to overcome a filibuster and force a vote on the measure.
The proposal from Gov. Pete Ricketts would prevent health clinics from getting federal family-planning money if they perform abortions or provide referrals to groups that do.
James Lankford eyes speeding up nominations process by reforming filibuster rules
During his four years in the House, James Lankford kept looking across the Capitol at the Senate and figuring something was wrong.
Now, in the Senate himself, the Oklahoma Republican is determined to do something about it.
Internet sales tax bill in Nebraska Legislature dead for this year after filibuster
LINCOLN — Online shoppers won’t be forced to pay Nebraska sales taxes this year after the Legislature killed an Internet tax proposal on Thursday.
Filibuster halts effort to assign attorneys to all Nebraska juvenile cases
LINCOLN — A bill that would have assigned defense attorneys to all juvenile cases in Nebraska stalled Wednesday in the face of a filibuster.
Legislation designed to collect state sales taxes already owed on internet purchases disappeared from this year's agenda Thursday when senators fell two votes short of ending a filibuster.
With 33 votes required to invoke cloture and end debate, the motion failed on a 31-13 vote.
Filibuster kills Nebraska online sales tax measure
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill intended to help the state collect more online sales tax revenue has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature.
Supporters failed Thursday to overcome a legislative filibuster. Opponents argued the state should wait for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could determine whether states can levy such taxes. A decision is expected in June.
Juvenile attorney bill stalls in Nebraska Legislature
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have required courts to appoint an attorney for juveniles charged with a crime has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature.
Supporters failed on Wednesday to break a filibuster led by Sen. Mike Groene, of North Platte, who argued that the measure was a solution in search of a problem. Lawmakers voted 31-8 to force an end to the legislative debate, two short of what was required to bring it to a vote.
Over Ricketts’ objections, lawmakers advance Internet sales tax bill; Papillion senator promises fight in final round
LINCOLN — Nebraska moved a step closer Tuesday to collecting sales taxes on Internet purchases.
Legislation designed to collect state sales taxes already owed on Internet purchases cleared a legislative filibuster Tuesday and headed toward a final vote and an almost certain gubernatorial veto.
Bill to assign lawyers in all Juvenile Court cases runs into legislative filibuster
LINCOLN — A proposal to assign defense attorneys to all juvenile cases in Nebraska ran into opposition this week from lawmakers who argued that it will cost too much and erode parental rights.
Effort to launch review of occupational licenses stalls, appears dead for session
LINCOLN - An effort to review the occupational licenses the state issues has apparently died a quiet death.
Legislative Update – Feb. 5, 2018
Senate passes massive budget increase; House must vote to end government shutdown
The Senate approved a stopgap bill early Friday to keep the government open and to boost spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.
But thanks to a filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, the government had already slipped into an official shutdown already the second of the year.
Senate advances utility rates bill after daylong filibuster
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate on Thursday advanced legislation that could reward utilities making improvements to their infrastructure with more consistent rate increases on their customers, a move that came after a more than 20-hour, overnight filibuster finally ended.
The Latest: Missouri Senate advances utility bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Missouri Senate's debate on legislation changing the way utility rates are regulated (all times local):
The Missouri Senate has advanced a bill changing the way utility rates are regulated after an overnight filibuster.
Senators gave the measure initial approval in a voice vote Thursday. It needs another vote to move to the House.
Congressional leaders were racing another government shutdown clock Thursday night, searching for votes to approve a budget deal that could set the stage for the biggest spending increase in U.S. history.
GOP official doesn’t want Wendy Davis movie shot in Senate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says he doesn't want a planned movie about former state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster to be filmed in the Texas Senate.
With another government shutdown possible this week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the U.S. Senate should change its longstanding rules that allow the minority party to block spending bills.
End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues.
Shutdown extends into workweek, as Senate talks continue
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek.
The Latest: Austin women’s march features Wendy Davis
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on women's marches around Texas (all times local):
A women's march in Austin featured former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and individuals dressed like characters from the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale."
Davis, who in 2013 garnered national attention for her nearly 13-hour filibuster over new Texas abortion restrictions, spoke at a rally Saturday at the state Capitol.
LINCOLN — A revised gubernatorial tax reduction plan focusing increased attention on property tax relief was tossed into the legislative ring Wednesday, prompting more sparring than slugging from some state senators who reacted warily to the evolving proposal.