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Maryland explores faster way to approve sports betting

Jan. 17, 2019 4:43 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are exploring a faster way to approve sports betting this year, but it's unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020. Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but further commercial gambling expansion requires...

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,...

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...

The Latest: US backs place in NATO, EU for renamed Macedonia

Jan. 13, 2019 11:19 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the deal between Greece and Macedonia to end a long dispute over the Macedonia name (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The United States has expressed support for Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union once a deal renaming the country North Macedonia goes into effect....

Macedonia approves deal to rename itself North Macedonia

Jan. 11, 2019 4:21 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia late Friday fulfilled its part of a historic deal that will pave its way to NATO membership and normalize relations with neighboring Greece, after lawmakers approved constitutional changes to rename the country North Macedonia. The move was hailed by NATO and the European...

The Latest: NATO, EU support Macedonia's vote to change name

Jan. 11, 2019 4:09 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's change of name (all times local): 10 p.m. The chief of NATO and the European Union's foreign policy chief have congratulated Macedonia for approving constitutional changes to rename itself North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. NATO head Jens...

Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears

Jan. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EST

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties. First up was a court hearing Thursday in...

Debate over renaming nation enters final days in Macedonia

Jan. 9, 2019 3:38 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian lawmakers entered the final stretch Wednesday of renaming their country North Macedonia, part of a deal with neighboring Greece that would smooth the small Balkan country's path to NATO membership in return. The agreement, reached in June after almost three decades of...

Florida felons rejoice after regaining their right to vote

Jan. 8, 2019 4:48 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional amendment. "I'll be a human being again. I'll be an American citizen again," Robert Eckford said,...

Nebraska measure would ban slavery as criminal punishment

Jan. 8, 2019 4:15 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker wants to close a 143-year-old loophole in the state constitution that allows people to be enslaved as punishment for a crime. Sen. Justin Wayne, of Omaha, says he will introduce a ballot proposal to amend the Nebraska Constitution during the legislative session that...