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Constitutional ban on legal marijuana dies in Idaho House

Apr. 15, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would have prevented the legalization of marijuana and other drugs without the approval of two-thirds of the Idaho Legislature died in the House on Thursday. The legislation failed to attain the two-thirds...

Missouri House redirects money meant for Medicaid expansion

Apr. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The GOP-led Missouri House on Thursday passed an alternative plan for spending funding initially meant for Medicaid expansion. House lawmakers voted 143-1 to send the proposal to the Senate, where Republican leaders have also voiced support for...

Idaho panel OKs plan for lawmakers to call special sessions

Apr. 15, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into session. The House State Affairs Committee on a voice vote sent the resolution to the full House, where it will need a...

Ziegler replaces Roggensack as Supreme Court chief justice

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices on Wednesday picked Annette Ziegler to replace Patience Roggensack as chief justice. The court announced the change in a news release. It did not break down how the justices voted. Court spokesman Tom Sheehan...

South Carolina sued by private schools who want public money

Apr. 14, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice Center filed its...

Alabama Senate approves casino and lottery legislation

Apr. 13, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Tuesday night approved sweeping lottery and casino legislation as lawmakers struck a compromise after years of stalemates on the issue of gambling. Senators voted 23-9 for the proposed constitutional amendment that would...

Montana Senate endorses bill in effort to ban abortions

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate on Tuesday endorsed a measure that would ask voters to change the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, an effort to ban abortions. The bill passed the House 66-33 on a party-line vote last month. Since it...

Louisiana lawmakers advance sales tax collection overhaul

Apr. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A business-backed effort to centralize Louisiana's sales tax collections began Tuesday working its way through the state House, where Republican leaders are pushing to get rid of the state's unusual system of letting a hodgepodge of local government agencies do the...

Group wants changes to North Dakota's initiative process

Apr. 13, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group submitted a proposed ballot measure Tuesday that aims to raise the approval threshold for changing the North Dakota Constitution through the state’s citizen-initiative process. The citizen-led Protect North Dakota’s Constitution wants...

Voters to weigh in on government pandemic power struggle

Apr. 13, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A pandemic power struggle that has raged for a year between Pennsylvania's Democratic governor and its Republican-led Legislature will land on voters' laps next month in the form of two proposed constitutional amendments that could limit the length of disaster...