Latest Constitutional amendments News

House OKs constitutional change to remove no-show officials

Jun. 26, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment is moving ahead to direct Pennsylvania lawmakers to develop a means of removing elected municipal officials for just cause, including absenteeism or dereliction of duty. The bill passed 195 to 6 by the House Wednesday was prompted by Republican...

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...

Editorials from around New York

Jun. 19, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The New York Post on the protesters in Hong Kong June 18 Hong Kong's protesters have won — for now. But the sword of the Chinese Communist Party still hangs above all 7 million people of the city. On Sunday, 2 million marched...

Supreme Court won't put amendments challenge in fast lane

Jun. 14, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Litigation challenging whether two constitutional amendments should be voided despite voter approval won't take the express lane to North Carolina's highest court. Justices on the North Carolina Supreme Court said this week that they won't hear the state NAACP's lawsuit before the...

Kentucky Supreme Court voids victims' rights amendment

Jun. 13, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A proposed amendment on crime victims' rights was voided by the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday because the question posed to voters was too vague. Voters in November approved the amendment on Kentucky's version of Marsy's Law, which would guarantee the rights of crime victims. It...

DeSantis suggests separate election day for ballot questions

Jun. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he wants to look into the idea of holding a separate election for proposed constitutional amendments as a way to declutter the ballot and allow voters to focus on ballot proposals. "If we're going to do these amendments, maybe have those be...

Massachusetts lawmakers advance 'millionaire tax' amendment

Jun. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Legislature advanced a constitutional amendment Wednesday calling for an additional tax on the state's highest earners, while skirting any discussion of replacing Massachusetts' current flat tax system with a graduated income tax. Backers of the so-called millionaire tax say the 4% surtax...

Republican governor signs bill protecting abortion rights

Jun. 11, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor has signed a bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature that protects women's access to abortion amid proponents' concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court could review Roe v. Wade. After signing the bill in private Monday, Gov. Phil Scott released a...

Governor pushes to abolish elected school board

Jun. 10, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday urged voters to approve a proposal to abolish the elected state school board and replace it with an appointed commission. The governor said she is urging every Alabamian to support the constitutional amendment, which will go before voters next year....