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Cuomo unveils plan to make NY 11th state to legalize pot

Jan. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure would permit personal use as well as retail sales of the drug. Marijuana taxes would raise an estimated $300 million a year,...

After scandal, W.Va. Supreme Court submits budget request

Jan. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court has submitted a budget proposal a year after its spending practices triggered an impeachment scandal. Chief Justice Beth Walker submitted the request Tuesday for $131.15 million in the 2020 fiscal year, compared with appropriations of $139.7 million...

Missouri House votes for option to close some records

Jan. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House lawmakers on Tuesday voted against protections for LGBT staffers and gave themselves the option to make some of their emails confidential, despite a voter-approved requirement for transparency. House members changed their records policy as part of a broader package...

House committee takes up bills to expand voter turnout

Jan. 15, 2019 5:17 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Democrats who objected to what they viewed as voter suppression legislation are proposing new bills aimed at expanding voter turnout. The House Election Law Committee held public hearings Tuesday on two constitutional amendments: One would allow 17-year-olds to vote in...

The Latest: Missouri House votes against LGBT protections

Jan. 15, 2019 2:37 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri House rules on open records (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Missouri House members have voted against protecting staff from being fired for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. House members in a Tuesday voice vote rejected the proposed change to House...

Reynolds seeks felon voting rights constitutional amendment

Jan. 15, 2019 2:36 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa would no longer bar former felons from voting after they complete their sentences and would ensure that crime victims be told of major status changes involving prisoners who wronged them under constitutional amendments proposed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds...

Connecticut official propose allowing early voting

Jan. 15, 2019 2:25 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have announced a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow early voting in elections. Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday that the amendment would require at least three days of in-person early voting and remove...

Senate approval of W.Va. Supreme Court appointments sought

Jan. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A resolution introduced in the West Virginia Legislature seeks to require that Supreme Court justice appointments by the governor be confirmed by the Senate. The resolution introduced in the Senate on Monday was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican Patricia Rucker...

Official's 'oversight' derails key Iowa gun rights amendment

Jan. 14, 2019 2:03 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's top elections official acknowledged Monday that his office mistakenly derailed a long-sought plan to grant residents more expansive gun rights by forgetting to notify the public of the proposed constitutional amendment, as required. Secretary of State Paul Pate cited a...

Education tops lawmakers' priorities at new session

Jan. 14, 2019 1:01 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to improve public education and diversify New Mexico's oil-dependent economy will be the top priorities when the New Mexico Legislature convenes this week for a 60-day session. Here are some things to know: THE BASICS The state House has 70 members. Democrats gained eight...