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Laws to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers passed in Hungary

Jun. 20, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian lawmakers voted to tighten the country's asylum eligibility rules and threatened Wednesday to incarcerate people who help asylum-seekers, votes that coincided with a United Nations' observance dedicated to refugees. The approved changes include a constitutional amendment...

House tees up competing proposals to change redistricting

Jun. 20, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state representatives have six different approaches to redistricting to consider after House leaders on Wednesday teed up competing proposals in the waning days of the annual legislative push surrounding passage of the state budget. The Rules Committee vote means members...

The Latest: Reports: Europe to toughen migrant checks

Jun. 20, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on global migration and World Refugee Day (all times local): 7 p.m. European governments are reportedly planning tougher checks at train and bus stations as part of efforts to stop asylum-seekers from traveling freely across the continent's open borders. German media reported...

The Latest: House advances income tax cap amendment

Jun. 20, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina General Assembly's efforts to submit proposed amendments to the state constitution to voters this fall (all times local): 12:50 p.m. A proposed constitutional amendment to cut the maximum North Carolina income tax rate lawmakers can levy nearly in half...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jun. 20, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 20, on outdoor effort possibly paying off for Oregon: The state of Oregon recently hired a director for its new Office of Outdoor Recreation: Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College, nabbed the job. O'Brien-Feeney...

Senate panel backs amendment on hunting, fishing rights

Jun. 20, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment on the right to hunt and fish in North Carolina say it's all about preserving traditions for future generations and blocking any attempts to erode those pastimes. A Senate committee voted Wednesday to put the amendment on ballots this...

Hungary amends constitution to tighten asylum rules; new bill allows incarceration of people aiding asylum-seekers

Jun. 20, 2018 9:34 AM EDT
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary amends constitution to tighten asylum rules; new bill allows incarceration of people aiding asylum-seekers.

Michigan board set to OK redistricting measure for ballot

Jun. 20, 2018 5:35 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections board is set to certify a redistricting initiative for the statewide ballot in November. The proposed constitutional amendment is backed by opponents of political gerrymandering. It would task an independent commission with drawing congressional and legislative...

Massachusetts senator revives push for "millionaire tax"

Jun. 19, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question may not be dead in Massachusetts, after all. A day after the state's highest court struck down the question, a state senator said he'll revive it by filing a proposed legislative amendment to the state constitution in January. Democratic Sen. Jason...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

Jun. 18, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census. In most places, the state legislature and governor are responsible for...