Latest Constitutions News

Oaths and pledges have been routine for political officials. That's changing in a polarized America

Feb. 24, 2024 15:41 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The resignation letter was short and direct. “I can no longer be under an oath to uphold the New Constitution of Ohio," wrote Sabrina Warner in her letter announcing she was stepping down from the state's Republican central committee. It was...

Alabama IVF ruling puts spotlight on state plans for tax breaks and child support for fetuses

Feb. 24, 2024 11:08 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are legally protected children is highlighting how support for the idea that a fetus should have the same rights as a person underpins far less dramatic laws and proposals from abortion foes across the U.S. ...

Republicans vote to make it harder to amend Missouri Constitution

Feb. 22, 2024 16:07 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Thursday voted to make it harder to change the Missouri Constitution amid a campaign to restore abortion rights through a voter-backed constitutional amendment. Currently, Missouri constitutional changes are enacted if approved by...

Kentucky Senate supports constitutional change to restrict end-of-term gubernatorial pardon powers

Feb. 21, 2024 18:21 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The GOP-dominated Kentucky Senate endorsed a proposed constitutional change Wednesday to limit a governor's end-of-term pardon powers, reflecting the outrage still burning over pardons granted by the state's last Republican governor on his way out of office in 2019. ...

Wisconsin Republican-controlled Senate votes to reject Evers appointees

Feb. 20, 2024 16:47 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate voted Tuesday to reject four of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' appointees, including a member of the state's natural resources policy board and a former lieutenant governor who was to serve on a hospital governing board. ...

Jurors can't be replaced once deliberations begin, North Carolina appeals court rules

Feb. 20, 2024 16:31 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison without parole for a fatal shooting in a Raleigh motel room was awarded a new trial on Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals because of a jury shakeup after deliberations began. A panel of the intermediate-level appeals court...

Abortion rights could complicate Republican Larry Hogan's Senate bid in deep blue Maryland

Feb. 19, 2024 06:18 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Republicans hoping to pick up an open U.S. Senate seat in deep blue Maryland have the most competitive candidate they've fielded for decades. But former Gov. Larry Hogan will need more than GOP support to overcome sustained outrage about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to...

What does it mean to claim the US is a Christian nation, and what does the Constitution say?

Feb. 17, 2024 08:11 AM EST

Many Americans believe the United States was founded as a Christian nation, and the idea is energizing some conservative and Republican activists. But the concept means different things to different people, and historians say that while the issue is complex, the founding documents prioritize...

Christian-nation idea fuels US conservative causes, but historians say it misreads founders' intent

Feb. 17, 2024 08:06 AM EST

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t mention Christianity or any specific religion. The Declaration of Independence famously proclaims that people’s rights come from a “Creator” and “Nature’s God” — but doesn’t specify who that is. Yet large numbers of Americans believe...

Jury awards $10 million to man who was wrongly convicted of murder

Feb. 16, 2024 18:48 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A jury awarded $10 million to a Detroit-area man who spent nearly six years in prison for the killing of a 15-year-old girl before his conviction was thrown out at the request of prosecutors. The jury said Alexandre Ansari's constitutional rights were violated by a...