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senate oks tax rebate, prison closure, school safety bills


madison, wis. — the wisconsin senate wrapped up its two-year session tuesday by signing off on bills that would close the troubled lincoln hills youth prison, create a $100 per-child tax rebate and lay out $100 million for schools to improve security.passage of the youth prison and tax rebate especially represented a victory for gov. scott walker. the governor faces re-election in november and had urged the senate to act on both measures."these aren't republican or (democratic) issues," walker spokeswoman amy hasenberg said in a statement. "these are wisconsin issues."all three bills now go to the state assembly. speaker robin vos said he supports both the prison and tax rebate proposals. his spokeswoman, kit beyer, didn't immediately reply to an email seeking comment on the school safety






walker school safety plan, child credit in jeopardy


madison, wis. (ap) — a stalemate in the wisconsin legislature among republican leaders threatened to derail several of gov. scott walker’s priorities as the senate planned to convene for its final day in session.hanging in the balance tuesday were walker’s $100 million school safety plan, an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul that includes closing the troubled lincoln hills prison and a $100 per-child tax rebate the republican incumbent wants to return to voters shortly before the november election.the bills must pass both the senate and assembly in identical form, but the senate was expected to vote on different versions of each of those proposals before ending its work for the year tuesday night.that puts the pressure on the assembly to return and vote on senate versions of the bills,






wisconsin democrats introduce gun safety bills


madison, wis. — wisconsin democrats have introduced new legislation to improve school safety.democrats released the package tuesday, a day before a national student walkout to honor victims of last month's florida school shooting and demand tighter gun restrictions.the bills would increase aid for school mental health programs and provide funding for the wisconsin safe and healthy schools training and technical assistance center to address school violence.the bills also would create $24 million in grants to help school districts develop programs to prevent violence, allow school boards to discuss safety in closed session and exempt safety plans from the open records law.none of the bills address guns.republican gov. scott walker is working on his own school safety bills. he plans to releas






wisconsin democrats introduce gun safety bills


madison, wis. (ap) — wisconsin democrats have introduced new legislation to improve school safety.democrats released the package tuesday, a day before a national student walkout to honor victims of last month’s florida school shooting and demand tighter gun restrictions.the bills would increase aid for school mental health programs and provide funding for the wisconsin safe and healthy schools training and technical assistance center to address school violence.the bills also would create $24 million in grants to help school districts develop programs to prevent violence, allow school boards to discuss safety in closed session and exempt safety plans from the open records law.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksnone of the bills address guns.republican go






walker, assembly propose one-year tax rebate, holiday


madison, wis. (ap) — families with school-aged children would receive a one-time $100 tax rebate and wisconsin’s 5 percent sales tax would be waived the first weekend in august under a deal reached with gov. scott walker and assembly republicans.walker and assembly speaker robin vos announced the agreement thursday. it’s a variation of a tax cut walker first put forward last month. it’s unclear whether the senate is on board.walker’s call for a one-time child tax rebate to be delivered this summer is unchanged. but instead of having that continue as a tax credit, the new plan would include the sales tax holiday in august.sales taxes would be waived for purchases up to $100, with some exceptions.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the tax cuts would be for this year on






walker unveils school safety bills that wouldn't limit guns


madison, wis. — republican gov. scott walker waded into the fierce debate over school shootings thursday, unveiling a package of legislation that would commit $100 million to campus safety but not impose any gun restrictions or require that teachers arm themselves as some conservatives have proposed.pressure on politicians from statehouses to congress to address school safety and gun control has been mounting since last month's mass shooting at a florida high school that killed 17 people. students around the country walked out of class wednesday morning to demand tighter gun restrictions.about 3,000 students converged on the state capitol in madison, jamming the corridors outside walker's office. walker wasn't around during the protest — his office announced late tuesday afternoon that he'






governor signing prison safety bills


dover, del. (ap) — gov. john carney is signing two bills aimed at improving security within delaware prisons.one measure to be signed friday makes it a felony for an inmate to recklessly injure a correctional officer or prison worker or recklessly hit them with urine, feces or other bodily fluids. under current law, such acts must be intentional for an inmate to be convicted of a felony carrying mandatory prison time.the other bill expands the list of felony-level contraband prohibited in prisons to include any illegal narcotic or look-alike substance, any prescription medicine, any unapproved electronic device, and any item that could be used to facilitate an escape.both bills were introduced after a february riot and hostage-taking at delaware’s maximum-security prison in which a prison






wisconsin gov. walker unveils school safety bills that wouldn't limit guns


madison, wis. — republican gov. scott walker waded into the fierce debate over school shootings thursday, unveiling a package of legislation that would commit $100 million to campus safety but not impose any gun restrictions or require that teachers arm themselves.pressure on politicians from statehouses to congress to address school safety and gun control has been mounting since last month's mass shooting at a florida high school that killed 17 people. students around the country walked out of class wednesday morning to demand tighter gun restrictions.about 3,000 students converged on the state capitol in madison, jamming the corridors outside walker's office. walker wasn't around during the protest — his office announced late tuesday afternoon that he'd be in far northern wisconsin on we






indiana governor calling special legislative session


indianapolis (ap) — indiana’s governor says he’ll be calling state lawmakers back for a special session in may after the republican-controlled house and senate reached last week’s adjournment deadline without taking up a number of key bills.republican gov. eric holcomb said monday he wanted the session to focus on tax issues and providing additional money for school safety.the special session became a possibility after chaotic hours leading up to wednesday night’s deadline for concluding the scheduled 2018 legislative session.republican house speaker brian bosma and gop senate leader david long blamed each other for the late night unraveling.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksamong the bills that died were measures to boost school safety, allow for driv






households due £285 rebate on fuel bills, says citizens advice


image copyrightgetty imagesevery household in the uk should get a one-off rebate of £285 on its fuel bills as a result of excess industry profits, citizens advice has said.over eight years, it claimed firms that transport gas and electricity - so-called energy networks - have made £7.5bn in "unjustified" profits.it blamed the regulator, ofgem, which sets industry price controls, for "errors in judgement".ofgem disputed the claim and said it had already helped to lower fuel bills.citizens advice said that network firms had enjoyed a multi-billion pound windfall at the expense of consumers.as an example, citizens advice said national grid had made an operating profit of more than £4bn in 2015/16.however the company's annual accounts show that around a quarter of that profit was made in the u






households due £285 rebate on fuel bills, says citizens advice


image copyrightgetty imagesevery household in the uk should get a one-off rebate of £285 on its fuel bills as a result of excess industry profits, citizens advice has said.over eight years, it claimed firms that transport gas and electricity - so-called energy networks - have made £7.5bn in "unjustified" profits.it blamed the regulator, ofgem, which sets industry price controls, for "errors in judgement".ofgem disputed the claim and said it had already helped to lower fuel bills.citizens advice said that network firms had enjoyed a multi-billion pound windfall at the expense of consumers.as an example, citizens advice said national grid had made an operating profit of more than £4bn in 2015/16.however the company's annual accounts show that around a quarter of that profit was made in the u






committee oks bills sending more kids to troubled prison


madison, wis. — the assembly corrections committee has approved two republican bills that could send more kids to wisconsin's troubled youth prison for longer stints.currently judges can sentence children 14 and older to the prison for up to three years for certain serious crimes.one bill would expand the list of crimes to include all felonies. the other would eliminate the three-year limit. the committee passed both bills on 6-2 votes tuesday, setting up votes in the assembly.the fbi is investigating conditions at the prison. committee democrats complained that the prison is flawed and the bills would place more kids there longer for lesser crimes.but republican rep. bob gannon said his sympathy meter is broken and the only way to control crime is to get "dirtballs off the street."






governor signs four senate bills, vetoes one, as session winds down


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.gov. susana martinez announced early saturday that she had signed four senate bills into law and vetoed another.the movement on senate bills comes as martinez and senators are in a fight over whether some previous vetoes are constitutional. and the governor has directed her anger at the senate over a number of issues, most notably the state’s budget woes. the bills martinez signed late friday are the first senate bills she’s approved in days.advertisementand three have the same sponsor — gay kernan, r-hobbs.martinez vetoed a republican-sponsored bill, senate bill 297, sponsored by ron griggs of alamogordo. the bill would have allowed disabled military veterans to apply for two special registration license plates in






walker working on school safety package with lawmakers


madison, wis. (ap) — gov. scott walker says he opposes training teachers to carry firearms to protect against attackers, but he’s talking with lawmakers about a comprehensive school safety agenda.walker said wednesday those talks could include calling the assembly back into session to take up the bills. the assembly didn’t plan to return after its last day in session last week.walker wouldn’t say what proposals are being discussed as part of the school safety agenda. he says talks include lawmakers, teachers, students, school officials, law enforcement and others.walker’s position on guns in schools differs with other wisconsin republicans. attorney general brad schimel has said he would be open to the idea and would offer training to teachers. both republican u.s. senate candidates also s






house gop backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration


washington (ap) — warning of threats to public safety and national security, the republican-led house on thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for president donald trump.one bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed “sanctuary” cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the u.s. illegally.the sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, while the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167. three democrats joined all but seven republicans to pass the sanctuary measure, while 24 democrats backed the deportee bill. rep. justin amash of michigan was the only republican who opposed the deportee bill.the bills now go to the senate.most read stori






laundry-to-landcape greywater system can save water and $$$


our water bills are on the rise! and, although we had a very wet winter last year, predictions are for more dry years to come. as you may know, most of our water usage goes to our landscapes — approximately 50%.one simple, cost-effective way to reduce your water use is to set up a greywater system that allows you to capture and redirect water from your washing machine for use on landscape trees, shrubs, ground covers and lawn. (it should not be used on vegetable gardens where you are growing root crops or where edibles touch the ground.)on average, a laundry-to-landscape system will recapture 17 gallons a day per person. for a family of four over one month, that amounts to a whopping 2,000 gallons for reuse.some counties offer rebate programs that cover all or part of the material costs fo






house gop backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration


washington — warning of threats to public safety and national security, the republican-led house on thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for president donald trump.one bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the u.s. illegally.the sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, while the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167. three democrats joined all but seven republicans to pass the sanctuary measure, while 24 democrats backed the deportee bill. rep. justin amash of michigan was the only republican who opposed the deportee bill.the bills now go to the senate.trump, who often rai






school funding rewrite alive, lottery dead at 1st deadline


jackson, miss. (ap) — tuesday marked the first deadline during the three-month session of the mississippi legislature. it was the final day for house and senate committees to act on general bills originating in their own chamber. most bills that survived the deadline are going from a committee to the full house or senate for more debate. tax and spending bills are alive under a later deadline to pass out of committee.here’s a look at the status of selected bills, with hb to designate a house bill and sb to designate a senate bill:____alivemost read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.transportation — the house has passed a number of bills meant to divert current or future revenue to transportation spending, including hb 722 , which would divert money from a tax on internet sale






house gop backs bills to crack down on illegal immigration; trump hails passage


warning of threats to public safety and national security, the republican-led house on thursday approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for president donald trump.one bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the u.s. illegally.the sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, while the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167. three democrats joined all but seven republicans to pass the sanctuary measure, while 24 democrats backed the deportee bill. rep. justin amash of michigan was the only republican who opposed the deportee bill.the bills now go to the senate.trump, who often railed against i






minnesota house shuts down gun-safety bills


in a shameful action, a minnesota house public-safety committee brought a halt to two eminently reasonable and needed pieces of gun-safety legislation, doing its best to ensure that the bills will not move forward this year.the two bills — on universal background checks and protection orders that would temporarily remove guns from people deemed dangerous — have broad public support and deserve full hearings and a floor vote.incredibly, the vote to table the bills came just hours after news broke that yet another american school had been struck by gun violence. this time it was great mills high school in maryland, where two students were wounded when a fellow student opened fire with a handgun in a hallway. he was quickly confronted by a courageous school resource officer, who exchanged gun






walker continues push for school safety bills in jeopardy


madison, wis. — gov. scott walker toured three schools monday as part of a last-minute push to convince the republican-controlled state legislature to break an impasse and approve his school safety proposals, which includes a $100 million grant program to pay for armed guards.the disagreement in the legislature over the school safety plan could doom the package of bills walker introduced in response to school shootings across the country, including one last month in parkland, florida, where 14 students and three staff members were killed.walker's proposals don't include tighter gun control as democrats have urged. but he also didn't propose arming teachers, a move some conservative lawmakers have proposed.instead, walker is calling for creating a new office of school safety — under control






bills targeting opioid abuse up for wisconsin senate vote


madison, wis. — the wisconsin state senate is scheduled to approve a pair of bills designed to help fight drug abuse and addiction.one bill up for a vote wednesday would allow emergency and involuntary commitment for drug addicts. supporters say that would be a tool to help put someone on the road to recovery.the other would ensure that someone who overdoses would be immune from probation or parole revocation if he or she enters a treatment program. backers say the change would encourage people to call for help in an emergency.both bills are sponsored by rep. john nygren, who has been a leader in tackling the growing problem of heroin and opioid abuse.once approved by the senate, the bills head to gov. scott walker for his consideration.






wisconsin assembly, walker propose child rebate, tax holiday


madison, wis. — wisconsin families with school-aged children would receive a one-time $100 tax rebate this summer and state sales tax would be waived on certain purchases the first weekend in august under a deal gov. scott walker and assembly republicans announced thursday.the agreement is a variation of an election-year tax cut the republican incumbent governor first put forward last month that democrats assailed as a gimmick to help walker's re-election bid. while walker and assembly republicans are on board, it's not clear whether it has the backing of senate republicans.assembly speaker robin vos denied the timing of the tax breaks, which would come just days or weeks before the aug. 14 primary, were politically motivated."i've never thought it was a gimmick," he said. "frankly, i am o






florida school shooting prompts renewed gun law push in ny


students released from a lockdown embrace each other after a shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, fla., on wednesday, feb. 14, 2018. photo credit: ap / south florida sun sentinel / john mccall by michael [email protected] @gormleyalbany updated february 19, 2018 6:29 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailalbany — five years after new york enacted one of the nation’s toughest gun laws in the safe act, the tragic litany of shootings, most recently at a florida school, is prompting a renewed push for measures despite long odds in the republican-led senate.“after the safe act, we now have a comprehensive background check,” said rebecca fischer, executive director of new yorkers against gun violence. “now, however, some time has passed and l






amazon's practically giving away binoculars, if you don't mind mailing in a reba


bushnell powerview binoculars. price varies after $15 mail-in rebate.you probably didn’t wake up this morning planning to buy a pair of binoculars, but this deal is so crazy that there’s really no reason not to.a bunch of bushnell powerview compact binoculars are listed in the $20-$25 range right now, but a $15 mail-in rebate brings almost all of them down to under $10. whether you use them for hunting, stargazing, or getting a better view at sporting events, that’s an insanely good price. prices vary by color and focal distance, so click around to find the right deal for you.$8from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






amazon's practically giving away binoculars, if you don't mind mailing in a reba


bushnell powerview binoculars. price varies after $15 mail-in rebate.you probably didn’t wake up this morning planning to buy a pair of binoculars, but this deal is so crazy that there’s really no reason not to.a bunch of bushnell powerview compact binoculars are listed in the $20-$25 range right now, but a $15 mail-in rebate brings almost all of them down to under $10. whether you use them for hunting, stargazing, or getting a better view at sporting events, that’s an insanely good price. prices vary by color and focal distance, so click around to find the right deal for you.$8from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






amazon's practically giving away binoculars, if you don't mind mailing in a reba


bushnell powerview binoculars. price varies after $15 mail-in rebate.you probably didn’t wake up this morning planning to buy a pair of binoculars, but this deal is so crazy that there’s really no reason not to.a bunch of bushnell powerview compact binoculars are listed in the $20-$25 range right now, but a $15 mail-in rebate brings almost all of them down to under $10. whether you use them for hunting, stargazing, or getting a better view at sporting events, that’s an insanely good price. prices vary by color and focal distance, so click around to find the right deal for you.$8from amazongizmodo media group may get a commissionbuy now






new mexico awaits governor’s verdict on crime, budget bills


santa fe, n.m. (ap) — time is running out for bills from the legislature to win approval from republican new mexico gov. susana martinez.martinez has until noon on wednesday to sign off on a bill that bundles together bipartisan public safety measures and to approve all or portions of a $6.3 billion spending bill from the democrat-led legislature.bills that are not signed do not go into effect — an outcome known as a pocket veto. martinez has indicated general support for the legislature’s spending priorities.during a 30-day session that ended in february, lawmakers rallied around a package of public safety reforms designed to bolster police ranks, deter repeat drunken driving, toughen gun-possession penalties for violent felons, and better address addiction and health issues among prison






abortion bills go to governor's desk after senate approval


st. paul, minn. — two abortion bills are on democratic gov. mark dayton's desk after the senate voted to restrict the use of state funds for abortions and create a permitting system for facilities.the bills both passed the republican-controlled chamber thursday by a vote of 35-29, mostly along party lines. the house approved similar bills last week.dayton vetoed similar legislation in 2012 and said earlier in session that he would oppose bills that limit women's access to abortions.republicans say minnesota residents shouldn't have to pay for a procedure they don't support. and they say the permitting process, which would require facilities to seek permits from the state health department, would make facilities safer.democrats say the bills are aimed at making it more difficult to get abor






wisconsin legislature passes bills targeting opioids


madison, wis. — the wisconsin legislature passed a package of bills tuesday designed to combat opioid abuse, which has reached epidemic proportions and causes more overdose deaths than there are traffic deaths in the state.the nine proposals approved nearly unanimously by the senate were expected to be quickly signed by gov. scott walker, who called lawmakers into a special session to take up the bills and draw attention to opioid abuse. walker thanked lawmakers in a tweet and said he looked forward to signing the bills. the assembly was expected to vote on two other opioid-related proposals tuesday, as well.while the measures passed with bipartisan support, some senate democrats argued tuesday they didn't go far enough to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the state. drug overdose de






wisconsin legislature passes bills targeting opioids


madison, wis. — wisconsin lawmakers passed a package of bills tuesday designed to combat opioid abuse, which has reached epidemic proportions and causes more overdose deaths than there are traffic deaths in the state.the nine proposals approved nearly unanimously by the senate were expected to be quickly signed by gov. scott walker, who called lawmakers into a special session to take up the bills and draw attention to opioid abuse. walker thanked lawmakers in a tweet and said he looked forward to signing the bills. the assembly passed two more opioid-related proposals tuesday evening as well.while the measures passed with bipartisan support, some senate democrats argued tuesday they didn't go far enough to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the state. drug overdose deaths in wisconsin






committee to hold hearing on youth prison bill


madison, wis. — a bill addressing abuse allegations at wisconsin's troubled youth prison might be gaining some traction in the legislature.the senate judiciary committee has scheduled a public hearing tuesday morning on a new bill that would make guards at the facility outside irma mandatory child abuse reporters.the fbi is currently investigating allegations of widespread abuse at the prison in the woods outside irma in far northern wisconsin. no one has been charged yet but a number of state prison officials have resigned or retired since word of problems at the facility surfaced in december 2015. current and former inmates have filed two federal lawsuits challenging conditions at the prison.the gop-controlled legislature has yet to pass any bills addressing the prison.






appropriations committees in the california legislature decide on hundreds of bi


sacramento — hundreds of california bills either survive or perish this week as each house makes rapid-fire decisions on legislation that has accumulated on the so-called “suspense file” this session.“this one goes out to all my friends who lost bills on #suspensefile,” tweeted phillip ung, director of legislation for the california fair political practices commission, on friday afternoon. “just know, that no bill ever truly dies.”among the survivors: identical senate and assembly versions of a closely watched proposal to dismantle the current bail-bonds system, by sen. bob hertzberg, d-van nuys, and assemblyman rob bonta, d-oakland. despite robo-calls this week from dog the bounty hunter, who is lobbying on behalf of bail agents fighting the legislation, each bill moves to the floor of it






wisconsin lawmaker resumes drunken driving fight


madison, wis. — a republican lawmaker is renewing his fight against drunken driving as the new legislative session begins with bills calling for stiffer penalties and ignition interlock requirements.rep. jim ott of mequon has introduced three bills that would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle; raise the minimum incarceration for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18; and prohibit all offenders from driving any vehicle without an ignition interlock.ott and sen. alberta darling introduced the minimum sentence bills last session but they got no traction. ott introduced the interlock prohibition in 2013. it p ed the embly but died in the senate.spokeswomen for embly speaker robin vos and senate majority leader scott fitzgerald didn






highlights of senate, house gop bills to overhaul tax code


the senate and the house seek to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code but go about it in different ways. with the senate bill passed saturday and the house bill passed two weeks ago, congressional republicans now will work quickly on a compromise measure to send to president donald trump by christmas.a comparison of the senate and house bills, each coming in at nearly $1.5 trillion:— personal income tax rates: senate bill retains the current number of brackets, seven, but changes them to 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 38.5 percent. under current law, the top bracket for wealthiest earners is 39.6 percent. the house measure condenses seven brackets to four: 12, 25, 35 and 39.6 percent. under the senate bill, the reductions in personal income tax rates are temporary, ending in 20






gop plan to send dayton budget bills hits a snag


st. paul, minn. — minnesota's republican legislature pressed ahead this week with its own budget bills despite gov. mark dayton's veto threats. now that plan is on hold too.the republican-controlled house and senate passed a handful of budget bills tuesday evening after backing away from negotiations with the democratic governor. they had planned to finish up those bills wednesday.but that effort to pressure dayton hit a snag wednesday. a senate republican's absence to tend to an ailing family member left the gop without the votes to pass its budget bills. it was unclear when those finals votes could resume.lawmakers are running out of time to finalize a deal with dayton on a new, two-year budget. their deadline is may 22.






judge bars u.s. from deporting travelers with valid visas covered by trump order


new york -- a federal judge issued an emergency order urday night temporarily barring the u.s. from deporting people from nations subject to president donald trump’s travel ban, saying travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.playvideocbs evening newschaos, confusion at airports as immigration crackdown takes effect president trump signed an executive order that puts a four-month hold on all refugees settling in the u.s., a 90-day ban for visitors from seven ... cheers broke out in a crowd of demonstrators outside a brooklyn courthouse as the decision, effective nationwide, was announced. the order barred u.s. border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the u.s. with a valid visa from iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia and