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Alabama Senate delays vote on curbside voting ban

Apr. 22, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to ban curbside voting as the state became the latest to debate new restrictions on voting. The debate in the state that was home to key events in the voting rights movement reflected...

Proposed amendments on ballot measures, sessions advance

Apr. 22, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday voted to propose constitutional amendments to make passing ballot measures tougher and allow the Legislature to convene a special session without a governor's mandate. The Senate voted 23-6 to place on next year's...

Measure changing initiative process OK'd for circulation

Apr. 22, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that wants to change the state constitution to require voter approval of constitutional amendments from a simple majority to 60% and limit a measure to a single subject is a step closer to bringing the matter to a public vote. Secretary of...

Florida court deals blow to marijuana ballot initiative

Apr. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a potentially fatal blow to supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana under certain circumstances. The justices ruled that the initiative's ballot...

DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms

Apr. 22, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state. Approval came by a 216-208 vote along strict party lines....

Missouri Senate panel votes down Medicaid expansion funding

Apr. 22, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate budget committee on Wednesday voted against funding Medicaid expansion. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 7-7 on a Republican-sponsored proposal that would have set money aside to pay for the program. The tied vote...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Apr. 21, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ April 18 The Decatur Daily on a Meals on Wheels fundraiser: Each February, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, with the assistance of The Decatur...

SC House panel calls for US constitutional convention

Apr. 20, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A House committee approved a bill Tuesday that would add South Carolina to a list of states calling for a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The 14-8 vote in the House Judiciary Committee came after arguments from Black...

Arizona Supreme Court questions new education tax legality

Apr. 20, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes collected under a voter initiative enacted in November can be legally spent when a provision of the state constitution caps school spending. The justices...

Voters to decide if lawmakers can call special sessions

Apr. 20, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voters will get the chance to decide whether lawmakers in the part-time Idaho Legislature will be able to call special sessions, a power currently limited to governors. The House voted 54-15 on Tuesday to clear the two-thirds threshold needed for...