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Authorities ID man who fired at police, drove into lake

Feb. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EST

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — A man who allegedly fired at police just before he drove a carjacked vehicle into a Georgia lake and died has been identified, authorities say. The man has been identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as John James Monahan Jr., 26, of Ellabell in Bryan County, The Atlanta...

Georgians could vote on making it easier to sue governments

Feb. 22, 2020 9:20 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians could get a chance to vote on making it easier to sue state government under a constitutional amendment moving forward in the General Assembly. The House voted 163-0 on Thursday to pass House Resolution 1023. It moves to the Senate, where it would need a two-thirds vote to make it...

Top lawmaker unveils plan to set aside $500M for transit

Feb. 21, 2020 5:13 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey would set aside $500 million a year for New Jersey Transit's operating budget under a plan a top lawmaker unveiled Friday. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said he will seek a constitutional amendment to make sure the money is not diverted from transit by the...

FILE This Monday Jan. 27, 2020 file photo shows Equal Rights Amendment supporter Donna Granski, right, from Midlothian Va., cheers the passage of the House ERA Resolution in the Senate chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.  The resolution passed 27-12.  In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

GOP attorneys general seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

Feb. 21, 2020 1:24 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Legal chiefs in five states — Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota — filed a...

Proposal would set 16-year limit on Ohio lawmaker terms

Feb. 21, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment would set strict 16-year limits on legislators serving in the Ohio House or Senate. Ohioans for Legislative Term Limits filed signatures and petition language with Attorney General Dave Yost on Thursday with a goal of placing the the amendment on...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds talks with reporters at the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, telling the group she is pushing lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore felon voting rights upon completion of a sentence. Iowa is the only remaining state with a broad revocation of voting rights for felons. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Iowa Senate panel advance felon voting restrictions bill

Feb. 20, 2020 9:40 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Senate committee gave its nearly unanimous support to a bill that would place certain restrictions on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow convicted felons to vote. The bill passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, making it eligible for full Senate...

Abortion measure clears Kentucky House committee

Feb. 20, 2020 9:24 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A proposed ballot measure aimed at amending Kentucky's Constitution to ensure it doesn’t offer protections for abortion rights was advanced by a House committee on Thursday. The proposed constitutional amendment cleared the Republican-led committee after a presentation by...

State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville, tells reporters that Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget proposal for education funding will hurt schools during a state Capitol news conference Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. Pritzker proposed a $350 million increase for K-12 schools, but says only $200 million will be provided if voters don't approve a constitutional amendment to overhaul the income tax structure in November. (AP Photo/John O'Connor)

GOP: Pritzker tying school funding to tax vote 'shameful'

Feb. 20, 2020 9:17 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans on Thursday called it “shameful” that Gov. J.B. Pritzker is floating a budget plan that ties more than 40% of promised education funding to voter approval of his coveted tax-structure overhaul. Educators agreed planning for the coming school year would be...

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell speaks at a news conference with lawmakers at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in support of an amendment to to remove a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes from the state Constitution. Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made it his new year's resolution to get it deleted. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

Feb. 20, 2020 3:31 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes. St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made...

Group clears step to advance ballot drive to curb lobbying

Feb. 19, 2020 11:56 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot drive to overhaul Michigan's lobbying rules say they will begin gathering signatures right away after clearing a procedural step. The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved a summary of the proposed constitutional amendment to appear on the heading of a...