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Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

Jul. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appellate court ruled that the state's approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country's most lucrative. If the ruling stands, it could force state officials to lift...

Wisconsin GOP: Rewrite constitution to limit governor's veto

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending without legislative approval, marking another skirmish in the GOP's battle to diminish Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives...

States poised to take up fight over partisan gerrymandering

Jun. 28, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The battle for political advantage in state capitols is poised to become more intense after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering. The ruling this week could empower Republicans and Democrats who hold...

Redistricting reforms already taking root in many states

Jun. 28, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

While ruling that it had no authority to resolve partisan gerrymandering claims, the U.S. Supreme Court noted Thursday that states could act on their own to try to limit the role of politics in drawing congressional and state legislative districts. Several states already have done so, including some where voters...

Redistricting cases press on, even after high court ruling

Jun. 28, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday rejecting partisan gerrymandering claims in North Carolina and Maryland will effectively end similar federal lawsuits in several states. But it isn't likely to stop other cases challenging congressional or state legislative districts on different grounds or in different...

Redistricting cases press on, even after high court ruling

Jun. 27, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday rejecting partisan gerrymandering claims in North Carolina and Maryland will effectively end similar federal lawsuits in several states. But it isn't likely to stop other cases challenging congressional or state legislative districts on different grounds or in different...

Redistricting reforms already taking root in many states

Jun. 27, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

While ruling that it had no authority to resolve partisan gerrymandering claims, the U.S. Supreme Court noted Thursday that states could act on their own to try to limit the role of politics in drawing congressional and state legislative districts. Several states already have done so, including some where voters...

Oregon GOP walkout threatens paid leave, money for housing

Jun. 27, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An eight-day Republican walkout over sweeping climate change legislation in Oregon has prevented votes on the nation's most generous paid family leave program, money for affordable housing and other key measures. More than 100 proposals on a wide range of issues have stalled during...

Boys' mock government proposed eliminating women's vote

Jun. 26, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An organization that sponsors an all-male Kansas student mock government apologized after this year's teenage governor proposed eliminating the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. The teenager from Leavenworth made the proposal in the final moments of his term...

Senate vote puts victims' rights amendment before voters

Jun. 19, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will decide whether to enumerate victims' rights in the state constitution, a proposal likely to appear on the November ballot. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to give its final approval, putting the state's version of Marsy's Law on the ballot as a...