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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...

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...

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...

Florida governor: Meeting in Israel didn't violate law

Jun. 4, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended a meeting he held with the state's independently elected Cabinet in Israel last week, saying Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by an open government watchdog group and several media outlets challenging the legality of the meeting was "frivolous."...

Partisan control determines how states act on voting rights

Jun. 1, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature. That dynamic changed last November, when Democrats won majorities in both...

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...

Attorney escaped the Holocaust, changed Eastern Kentucky

May. 4, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Far from his soon-to-be home in Prestonsburg, a Jewish attorney and Holocaust survivor got a phone call that would change Eastern Kentucky forever. It was the summer of 1970. John Rosenberg and his wife, Jean, had recently decided to leave their careers at the U.S. Department of...

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...