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Correction: Lottery Bill story

May. 23, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a story May 22 about the prospect of a state lottery bill, The Associated Press erroneously attributed this quote — "At the end of the day, our goal is to deliver services and support to our constituents" — to Rep. Merika Coleman. The statement was made by House...

Lawsuit filed to block new Michigan ballot requirements

May. 23, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Voting-rights advocates and a campaign-finance ballot drive group sued Michigan's top election official on Thursday, challenging Republican-enacted requirements that make it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. The lawsuit came a day after Democratic Attorney General...

Arkansas court dismisses case over marijuana initiative

May. 23, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says a group's bid to force the attorney general to approve the wording of a recreational marijuana measure is moot since lawmakers have changed the process for certifying ballot initiatives. Justices dismissed the petition Thursday by Arkansas True...

Lottery bill stalls in Alabama House, fails procedural vote

May. 21, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lottery legislation is facing an uncertain fate in a divided House of Representatives after running into opposition on Tuesday night from a mix of Republicans and Democrats. Supporters were one vote short of the number required to bring the bill up for debate Tuesday night. Rep....

Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...

DA wants changes to New Mexico's pretrial detention system

May. 21, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The top prosecutor in New Mexico's busiest court district called Tuesday for another state constitutional amendment to change how judges decide who remains jailed before trial. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said the voter-approved system in place now has allowed...

Group to resubmit petition to allow growing, selling pot

May. 21, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group says it will resubmit a petition to amend the North Dakota Constitution aimed at allowing citizens to grow, use and sell marijuana. The group submitted a proposed petition to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Monday but withdrew it on Tuesday. Group chairman John Bailey, of...

Missouri voters to decide on term limits for state officials

May. 17, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters will get a chance to decide whether to impose term limits on all of the state's top executive officials. Lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor and attorney...

Buttigieg says he'd consider codifying abortion rights

May. 16, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says writing into law the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion is an idea "that deserves to be taken seriously." The South Bend, Indiana, mayor said Thursday he needs to look at different ways to...

Senate approves measure to abolish state school board

May. 16, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The elected Alabama state school board could be replaced with an appointed commission, under a measure approved Thursday by the state Senate. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh have championed the effort to shift the state away from an elected state school...