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GOP lawmakers, Ohio AG, want public safety a factor in bail

May. 18, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judges in Ohio would be required to consider criminal suspects' threat to public safety when setting bail amounts under both legislation and a proposal for a state constitutional amendment that House Republicans were expected to approve Wednesday. The GOP...

Abortion rights group files longshot Arizona initiative bid

May. 17, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A newly organized group of abortion rights supporters on Tuesday filed an initiative that seeks to amend the Arizona Constitution to protect the right to abortion. The effort by a group called Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom is a longshot to make the ballot, since...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

May. 16, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

Detroit News. May 11, 2022. Editorial: Revamping term limits would help Michigan Michigan voters will have the chance to revisit the matter of term limits this November after 30 years of a system that failed to deliver on its promised benefits. This is the first...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 16, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. May 15, 2022. Editorial: Statehouse misinformation on bail hurts justice on many levels Less than two years after Ohio amended Criminal Rule 46 in a bipartisan process to reduce the use of cash bail so those without means don’t unfairly stew...

Libyan rivals resume U.N.-brokered talks on elections

May. 15, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan officials on Sunday resumed talks in the Egyptian capital, the latest U.N.-led efforts to agree on constitutional amendments for elections as the North African nation again finds itself at a political impasse. Twelve lawmakers from Libya’s east-based...

Drive to switch Nevada voting to ranked-choice draws critics

May. 14, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A proposed ballot initiative in Nevada seeks to amend the state constitution to establish open top-five primaries and ranked-choice voting for general elections, but it isn’t without its critics. The Nevada Voters First political action committee is spearheading...

Non-unanimous verdicts at issue at Louisiana high court

May. 10, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the state Constitution provision allowing non-unanimous jury convictions was racially motivated — and whether the now-banned policy must be applied retroactively. An attorney for the state said the...

Michigan Legislature puts term limits proposal on ballot

May. 10, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters in November will decide whether to revise some of the country's strictest legislative term limits and require state elected officials to report information about their finances to avoid conflicts of interest. The Legislature on Tuesday unveiled...

Missouri House axes constitutional change for parent control

May. 09, 2022 21:09 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House on Monday voted down a proposed constitutional amendment for parent control and restrictions on how teachers talk about race and racism. Lawmakers voted 60-81 to kill the bill, a rarity in the chamber. The...

Arizona high court tosses push to disqualify GOP lawmakers

May. 09, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court rejected Monday an effort to disqualify three Republican lawmakers from this year's ballot because of their alleged roles in planning or attending the rally that led to the unprecedented attack on Congress on Jan. 6, 2021. The ruling means...