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Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

2020 Democrats' new litmus test: Abolish Electoral College

Mar. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

The Green New Deal and "Medicare for All" are old news. The hottest position in the Democratic presidential field this week is abolishing the Electoral College. Elizabeth Warren kicked things off at a CNN town hall Monday night when the Massachusetts senator drew enthusiastic applause by saying: "Every vote...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that sets conditions on restoring felon voting rights won approval Tuesday from a Florida House committee over the objection of advocates who helped get rights restoration placed in the state constitution. Advocates said the language goes too far, in part by requiring civil...

Florida felon voting rights restoration bill draws concerns

Mar. 19, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Advocates who pushed for a constitutional amendment to restore most Florida felons' voting rights are opposing a bill that sets terms for restoration. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved a bill Tuesday on a 10-5 vote that defines what it means to complete a sentence....

Supreme Court to consider Louisiana's non-unanimous juries

Mar. 18, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider overturning a criminal conviction by a 10-2 jury vote in Louisiana. The justice acted Monday, four months after Louisiana voters amended the state constitution to prohibit non-unanimous verdicts in criminal cases. Oregon is the only state that still allows...

Some lawmakers worry about allowing sports bets on phones

Mar. 17, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the bets...

Senate to probe if DOJ officials discussed removal of Trump

Mar. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham says his panel will investigate a claim by former FBI Director Andrew McCabe that Justice Department officials once discussed using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. McCabe has said that after...

Missouri considers trimming impeachment after Greitens' case

Mar. 14, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate is backing an effort that could make it harder to impeach and oust top officials, less than a year after the state's governor resigned while facing potential impeachment. Senators behind the proposal say it isn't motivated by the case against former Republican...

Campaign finance could be on 2020 ballot in Oregon

Mar. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Months after a governor's race that shattered state fundraising records, Oregon lawmakers want to rein in rampant spending from large donors and political action committees. But first they have to change the constitution. Oregon is one of five states to have no limits on campaign...