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House Speaker wants to add 2 justices to SC Supreme Court

Jan. 23, 2021 10:20 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of the South Carolina House wants to add two more justices to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Republican House Speaker Jay Lucas said most states have either seven or nine justices. South Carolina's highest court has had five justices for at least 50 years. “This...

Kansas state Reps. Brenda Landwehr, left, R-Wichita, and Susan Concannon, R-Beloit, confer during a House debate on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Both supported the measure, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision in 2019 that declared access to abortion a

Kansas advances anti-abortion measure on Roe anniversary

Jan. 22, 2021 3:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Friday pushed a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution through the state House, a bitter reminder of election setbacks for abortion rights Democrats on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide. The vote was...

Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 7:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers insisted Thursday that their proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution be put to voters on the August 2022 primary ballot, leading to criticism that they fear it would fail if put to a broader swath of voters during that year's general election....

Dunleavy pitches dividend change amid legislative splits

Jan. 21, 2021 5:59 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed checks of nearly $5,000 to residents as part of an effort aimed at reviving the state's pandemic-stunted economy, with the money to come from Alaska's oil wealth fund. But there was a hitch. The Republican, in his budget plan rolled out last month,...

The Idaho House of Representatives debates a constitutional amendment in the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. A constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself back into session has passed the House and is headed to the Senate. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Idaho House OKs plan to let lawmakers call special sessions

Jan. 21, 2021 4:17 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into a special session passed the House on Thursday and is headed to the Senate. With a 51-18 vote, the House mustered the two-thirds threshold required to approve the legislation, which supporters say is...

Nebraska bill would give $2K tax credit for stillborn child

Jan. 20, 2021 1:55 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Women who deliver a stillborn baby could get a $2,000 tax credit from Nebraska state government under a bill introduced Wednesday in the Legislature. The bill by Sen. Joni Albrecht, of Thurston, would offer a refundable credit if the fetus had advanced to at least the 20th week of...

How education funding could change in New Mexico

Jan. 20, 2021 12:10 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is expected to increase near-term education funding and pursue long-term reforms that will change how schools are funded. Education accounts for about half of the approximately $7 billion in general funds that lawmakers will haggle over during the 60-day...

Kansas anti-abortion measure clears first legislative hurdle

Jan. 19, 2021 12:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Tuesday as abortion opponents moved quickly to try to get it on the ballot. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to the full Senate...

In this photo from Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, Rachel Sweet, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, watches a legislative committee hearing on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution in a hallway just outside the meeting room at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The proposed amendment would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

COVID-19 fuels quick push for Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 18, 2021 12:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents are moving with unusual speed to put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot, fearing a COVID-19 outbreak could thwart them if they delay action even for a few weeks. The proposed amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jan. 18, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Jan. 15, 2021. Editorial: Challenges are daunting, but Omaha area makes progress on mental health front Omaha-area residents suffering from a mental health crisis face heavy burdens. So, in many cases, do hospitals and law enforcement officers who struggle to find an available facility to help...