Latest Constitutions News

Sotheby's puts rare U.S. Constitution copy for auction

Sep. 17, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A very special document will be auctioned off later this year — a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution. Sotheby's announced Friday — appropriately on Constitution Day — that in November it will put up for auction one of just 11...

Russia votes in parliament election without main opposition

Sep. 16, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a few weeks of desultory campaigning but months of relentless official moves to shut down significant opposition, Russia began three days of voting early Friday in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion. ...

Court won't stop protests outside Michigan synagogue

Sep. 15, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Provocative pro-Palestinian protests outside a Jewish synagogue in Michigan are protected by the Constitution's First Amendment, a federal court appeals said Wednesday. The court declined to stop the demonstrations or set restrictions in Ann Arbor. The...

Arizona redistricting panel OK's starting-point grid map

Sep. 14, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona commission charged with redrawing maps for congressional and legislative districts every decade approved its basic starting-point grid maps Tuesday, kicking off a months-long process with huge political implications where the boundaries will be heavily tweaked...

Judge temporary order allows Iowa schools to mandate masks

Sep. 13, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the state of Iowa to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Judge Robert Pratt said in an order signed Monday that...

Wolf pulls election nominee, slams Senate GOP over handling

Sep. 13, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday withdrew his nominee to be Pennsylvania’s top elections official, accusing state Senate Republicans of turning the confirmation process into a partisan charade. Wolf said Republican leaders were seeking a...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Sep. 13, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. Sept. 12, 2021. Editorial: This is not a drill. Abortion rights are in dire danger, and Iowans will have to fight to preserve them Arguments about abortion rights in America are cacophonous, often redundant and sometimes...

Alaska dividend unsettled as special session nears end

Sep. 12, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers have yet to agree on a dividend payout to residents this year though legislative leaders say they hope to do so by the end of this special session, which is Tuesday. “I'd like to see that. I think that’s fair to Alaskans,”...

Judge weighing Indiana governor's suit over emergency law

Sep. 10, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s constitution gives the Legislature full authority to meet whenever it wants, a top state lawyer argued Friday in a bid to squash Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health...

Thai Parliament approves election system charter change

Sep. 10, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Parliament on Friday approved a constitutional amendment changing how lawmakers are elected, a move expected to allocate more seats to big parties at the expense of smaller ones. The change, passed at a joint session of the House and Senate...