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Today in History: FEB 6, Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years

Feb. 06, 2023 00:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2023. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as...

Ohio lawmakers miss cutoff to put 60% question on May ballot

Feb. 01, 2023 15:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio state lawmakers missed their deadline Wednesday for getting a measure on May ballots that would make it harder to amend the state Constitution. No action was planned on the deadline Wednesday. The resolution was a priority for some members of the...

Missouri House OKs raising bar for constitutional amendments

Feb. 01, 2023 15:24 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican-backed proposal to make it harder to amend Missouri's constitution got initial approval from the state House on Wednesday, moving a top GOP priority closer to becoming law. Lawmakers voted 106-50 along party lines in favor of the proposed...

North Carolina Senate leader backs literacy test repeal

Jan. 31, 2023 15:31 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's most powerful senator expressed interest on Tuesday in deleting a voter literacy test provision from the state constitution — a relic from the Jim Crow era that while unenforceable has never been removed. Senate leader Phil Berger told...

South Dakota lawmakers advance Medicaid work requirement

Jan. 30, 2023 19:03 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican lawmakers on Monday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to try and force people on Medicaid to work despite federal policy prohibiting such requirements. The proposal would change the state...

Australia Day focuses on Black recognition in constitution

Jan. 26, 2023 00:16 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians marked the 235th anniversary of British colonization Thursday with a public holiday that evokes anger at Indigenous injustice, focusing national attention on a new government push to acknowledge Australia's first inhabitants in the constitution. ...

EXPLAINER: What is an Australian Black Voice to Parliament?

Jan. 26, 2023 00:14 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians expect to vote this year in a referendum that would enshrine in the nation’s constitution a mechanism for Indigenous people to advise Parliament on policies that effect their lives known as the Voice. Proponents say embedding the Voice in...

Idaho senator's bill would make ballot initiatives tougher

Jan. 25, 2023 18:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ask voters to change the state’s constitution to make it harder to get initiatives on the ballot. Republican Sen. Doug Okuniewicz introduced the joint resolution Wednesday in the Senate State Affairs...

New Bosnian government approved 3 months after elections

Jan. 25, 2023 09:47 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a new government led by the small Balkan country’s first female prime minister, which will be tasked with approving sweeping reforms to further Bosnia’s European Union accession bid. The government...

Missouri lawmakers act fast on citizen access to the ballot

Jan. 24, 2023 16:13 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers moved quickly to pass more restrictions on amending the state constitution during one of the session's first hearings Tuesday. Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate have cited cracking down on constitutional amendments...