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Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...

A push grows for Oregon to drop nonunanimous jury verdicts

May. 8, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After a jury convicted an Oregon man of having sex with a passed-out partygoer, one of the jurors left the courthouse and wept. Cash Spencer and three other jurors believed the defendant was innocent, but after a lunch break, one changed her mind. Hours later, another changed her vote...

Michigan city asks full court to hear parking ticket case

May. 6, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan city on Monday asked a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision and reopen a dispute over whether marking tires to keep track of illegally parked cars violates the U.S. Constitution. An attorney for Saginaw called it a case of "exceptional importance." "Cities across...

Florida passes bill creating hurdles to change constitution

May. 3, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican lawmakers slipped language into a bill in the final hours of Florida's legislative session Friday that could make it more difficult for citizens to change the constitution through petition drives. Republicans have grumbled for years about having constitutional amendments...

Felon voting bill goes to Florida governor amid outcry

May. 3, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that would implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The bill, though, caused outrage among Democrats...

Florida bill mandates felons pay all fees before voting

May. 2, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Most Florida felons will have their voting rights restored under a bill the state Senate passed Thursday to implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters, though it won't just be a matter of walking out of prison and being able to register. The bill will require that all...

Kansas lawmakers put off overturning abortion-rights ruling

May. 2, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents are waiting until next year to try to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, signaling they may not have enough support yet to push the necessary state constitutional amendment through the Legislature. Top Republicans in the...

Milano celebrates first House ERA hearing in over 30 years

Apr. 30, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alyssa Milano is celebrating the first House hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment in more than three decades. The actress and women's rights activist says the amendment would put women on equal footing under the Constitution. "Not 'We the men,'" she told a packed press conference on...

New Hampshire Democrats push 2020 hopefuls on voting rights

Apr. 28, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Democrats are looking for help from their party's presidential candidates in overturning a law they claim will make it harder for some college students to vote. At campaign events across the state, White House hopefuls are being pressed to speak out against the 2018 law. It...

Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban

Apr. 26, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights, a sweeping ruling that blocks a ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies and endangers other restrictions as well. The state Supreme Court's decision...