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Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Apr. 19, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. April 16, 2021. Editorial: Despite Census delays, Ohio can take steps now to ensure public input in redistricting process That Ohioans want fairly drawn General Assembly and U.S. House seats is incontestable. In November 2015,...

'Aniah's Law' denying bail in more cases heads to voters

Apr. 18, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have approved a proposal intended to give judges more discretion to deny bail to people accused of violent crimes that is named in honor of a college student killed in 2019. Legislators last week approved the proposed...

Idaho governor signs bill making ballot measures tougher

Apr. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Saturday signed legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as an attempt to stop a medical marijuana initiative and other left-leaning causes in the conservative state. ...

ACLU: Merriam panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional

Apr. 17, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

MERRIAM, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and another advocacy group are warning a Kansas City suburb that its panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional. The Kansas City Star reports that no lawsuit has been filed over the two-month-old Merriam ordinance...

Constitutional ban on legal marijuana dies in Idaho House

Apr. 15, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would have prevented the legalization of marijuana and other drugs without the approval of two-thirds of the Idaho Legislature died in the House on Thursday. The legislation failed to attain the two-thirds...

Missouri House redirects money meant for Medicaid expansion

Apr. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The GOP-led Missouri House on Thursday passed an alternative plan for spending funding initially meant for Medicaid expansion. House lawmakers voted 143-1 to send the proposal to the Senate, where Republican leaders have also voiced support for...

Idaho panel OKs plan for lawmakers to call special sessions

Apr. 15, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into session. The House State Affairs Committee on a voice vote sent the resolution to the full House, where it will need a...

Ziegler replaces Roggensack as Supreme Court chief justice

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices on Wednesday picked Annette Ziegler to replace Patience Roggensack as chief justice. The court announced the change in a news release. It did not break down how the justices voted. Court spokesman Tom Sheehan...

South Carolina sued by private schools who want public money

Apr. 14, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice Center filed its...

Alabama Senate approves casino and lottery legislation

Apr. 13, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Tuesday night approved sweeping lottery and casino legislation as lawmakers struck a compromise after years of stalemates on the issue of gambling. Senators voted 23-9 for the proposed constitutional amendment that would...