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Senate launches voter ID constitutional amendment process

Jun. 23, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A divided Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment to require identification for voters each time they cast a ballot, starting the lengthy amendment process that usually takes years to complete. All Republicans and a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 23, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 18, 2021. Editorial: Florida election supervisors must keep asking hard questions Imagine for a moment that you do terrific work, but you have a job where the rules keep changing and the people changing the rules...

Missouri judge: Medicaid expansion unconstitutional

Jun. 23, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Wednesday ruled that a ballot measure to expand Medicaid is unconstitutional, meaning hundreds of thousands of newly eligible adults won't be able to access the health insurance program July 1 as promised. Cole County...

South Dakota health groups push Medicaid expansion as 'deal'

Jun. 23, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A campaign group backed by South Dakota's major health care systems announced Wednesday that it will begin gathering petition signatures for a ballot measure to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for low-income people. Medicaid expansion...

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz announces campaign for governor

Jun. 23, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a critic of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, announced Wednesday that she is running for Massachusetts governor next year — adding another Democrat candidate to a burgeoning campaign. ...

Iowa court blocks mandatory waiting period for abortion

Jun. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

An Iowa judge blocked a state law that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period before women could get abortions, likely setting up a legal battle before the state Supreme Court. Judge Mitchell Turner ruled Monday that because legislators passed the law last year as an...

South Dakota lawmakers, cities warm to marijuana plans

Jun. 22, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As South Dakota anticipates a state Supreme Court decision on whether recreational marijuana will become legal in July, state lawmakers and city governments are moving forward with their own pot plans. Officials across the state have warmed to...

Lawyers make cases in suit over Missouri Medicaid expansion

Jun. 21, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — If Missouri conservatives don't want to fund a voter-approved expansion of the state's Medicaid program, they can either propose another constitutional amendment that would gut it or cut funding to the existing program completely, a lawyer for three would-be new...

Lawmakers mark Juneteenth by reviving ‘abolition amendment’

Jun. 18, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring the end of the enslavement of Black people, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allowed another form of slavery — forced labor for those convicted of some crimes — to thrive. ...

Illinois governor signs $42B state spending plan into law

Jun. 17, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a $42 billion spending plan for Illinois on Thursday that includes $2.5 billion in spending from a multiyear federal relief package. “Illinois has taken a giant step forward toward true fiscal stability,” Pritzker said during...