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Friday, February 25, 2005

Friday February 25, 2005. 2/25/2005
National Journal’s Saturday bombshell: DeLay cited with new House rules violations
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From http://stateline.org:
Alabama: House vote kills Jeffco filibuster
The House of Representatives killed a filibuster Thursday by Jefferson County lawmakers who were trying to obtain state money for a domed stadium or other area projects. By Kim Chandler, The Birmingham News

Arizona: Birth-control pills removed from bill
Arizona women who use birth control pills won't have to search around to find a friendly pharmacist. By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)
Arizona: Legislature spends day in heated debate
A Senate bill mandating school instruction on skin-cancer prevention and a House measure to allow pharmacists to refuse to fill morning-after birth-control prescriptions if they have religious objections dominated an intense afternoon of debate Thursday at the Legislature. By Robbie Sherwood, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

Colorado: CU reviewing staff records to ensure loyalty oaths taken
The University of Colorado is reviewing administrative records of all employees to see if they signed loyalty oaths after a controversy was sparked by the school's inability to find the loyalty oath of professor Ward Churchill. By Staff Writers, Denver Post

Colorado: Churchill artwork mirrors artist's
New questions arose Thursday about the professional history of controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill when his artwork was shown to be nearly identical to that of a well-known Western artist. By Arthur Kane, Denver Post

Connecticut: Conn. nears OK of gay civil unions
The Connecticut Legislature is poised to establish civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, which would make the state the third in the nation to offer legal recognition to same-sex couples. By Yvonne Abraham, The Boston Globe

Illinois: Ban of .50-cal. rifles sought in Illinois
Anti-gun lawmakers are seeking a ban on .50-caliber "sniper rifles," saying they're favored by terrorists and can shoot down aircraft from a range of more than 2,000 yards -- though they don't appear to be tied to any crimes here in the last decade, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis shows. By Frank Main and Art Golab, Chicago Sun-Times

Kansas: Kline - Records could ID child sexual abusers
Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline on Thursday defended his secret inquiry into the records of late-term abortion patients, saying it is necessary to prosecute suspected child abusers. By Ron Sylvester, The Wichita Eagle

Kentucky: Sound of silence
It ended, not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with barely a whisper. On the last day of Lexington's last tobacco auction, there was little tobacco, and few tobacco buyers. By Jim Warren, Lexington Herald-Leader

Missouri: Lawmaker wants to ban sex offenders from wearing Santa, Easter Bunny suits
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An Illinois legislator is once again trying to prevent sex offenders from donning Santa suits or Easter Bunny outfits around children during the holidays, or handing out candy at Halloween. By Kate Thayer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

New Hampshire: Rochester police cultivate understanding of gay issues, officers
ROCHESTER, N.H. — Local police and members of the Gay Officer’s Action League held the state’s first-ever training session Wednesday designed to help cultivate understanding between straight and homosexual police officers. By Jason Howe, Foster's Online (Dover)

Rhode Island: Lawmakers, neighbors voice coyote concerns
A second bill related to the growing coyote population has been introduced in the General Assembly, even as state residents have been meeting to discuss the problems coyotes create. By Scott M. Lowe Jr., The Providence Journal (registration)
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