Father of slain California woman urges immigration changes

...alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times.Jim Steinle told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should push forward with efforts to close legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities...

House committees will investigate Planned Parenthood video

...Committee said it would investigate the issue and "get to the bottom of this appalling situation." The House Judiciary Committee plans a review, too.Commercial sale of human fetal tissue is illegal under federal law. Noncommercial tissue...

NRA board member blames Charleston pastor's concealed weapons opposition for church shooting

...there is no such thing as a gun-free zone?"Larry Martin, the Republican chairman of the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee, called Cotton's comments "outrageous." He said South Carolina's concealed carry law allows permit holders...

Debate brews on police body camera video access

...said Bruder.The bill, S. 47, which won approval last week, is scheduled to come up before the full Senate Judiciary Committee today.The debate has intensified in the wake of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager's arrest...

Ga. House extends suits for child-sex victims

...failed to clear it. The proposal from Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, was significantly changed in the House Judiciary Committee, but according to the author, it still provides new access to the courts for alleged victims."It's not...

S.C. lawmakers seek data on racial profiling by law enforcement

...have taken a step closer to securing data about racial profiling by law enforcement in South Carolina.The Senate Judiciary Committee sent S. 48 to the full Senate on Tuesday, a bill that would create a panel of House and Senate members to review...

Ga. lawmakers address pygmy hedgehogs

...law already protects the owners of horses and llamas.The chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Rep. Tom McCall, R-Elberton, is a cosponsor of the livestock-liability bill, which is now pending in the House Judiciary Committee.

Have video ready to roll

...from a parent or legal guardian of a child being recorded.In South Carolina, a bill emerging from the Senate Judiciary Committee would require all state and local police officers to wear body cameras. The bill would make police videos taken...

SC lawmaker proposes firing squad added to execution list

...the last of 13 criminals burned to death in 1825, according to the center.The new bill, referred to the House Judiciary Committee, was introduced by Rep. Joshua Putnam. The Republican from Piedmont said he came up with the bill after hearing...

House, Senate advance bills on police body cameras

...officers across South Carolina with body-worn cameras advanced Tuesday in the House and Senate.Both chambers' judiciary committees unanimously approved their separate proposals, sending them to their respective floors. The votes come two weeks...