- Missouri voters could decide on campaign contribution limits Updated: May-04-16 2:58 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri voters could get to decide whether to re-impose limits on the money flowing to political candidates and committees.
- Despite deal, lawmakers predict voter ID fight to endure Updated: May-03-16 3:28 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Legislature is poised to tighten Missouri's voter ID requirements, but lawmakers see the issue as far from settled.
- Colorado's battle over regulating fracking shifts to ballot Updated: May-03-16 2:14 pm
DENVER - Colorado's battle over who should regulate fracking - and how much - now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules.
- Turkey's Kurdish MP's closer to trial after parliament brawl Updated: May-03-16 10:07 am
ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish parliamentary committee has approved a contentious ruling-party proposal to strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution despite punches being thrown and water bottles hurled during the debate.
- Gas tax, lottery bills dead as legislature nears end Updated: Apr-30-16 11:39 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the two days of the 2016 legislative session.
- Fighting erupts in Turkish parliament over contentious bill Updated: Apr-28-16 12:25 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish lawmakers on Thursday fought and threw punches at each other as they debated a contentious ruling-party proposal to strip themselves of immunity from prosecution - a move that could pave the way for the trial of pro-Kurdish legislators on terrorism-related charges. Five people were hurt in the fighting, a news agency reported.
- Ohio patients push ballot over bill for medical marijuana Updated: Apr-27-16 3:47 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Patients and their families who are backing a medical marijuana ballot issue in Ohio said Wednesday that the proposed constitutional amendment offers a quicker and more effective way for them to get relief than legislation.
- Senate majority leader expects talk about referendum idea Updated: Apr-27-16 12:54 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The majority leader in the North Carolina Senate says the chamber's Republicans will soon discuss the possibility of holding a referendum on a new law addressing bathroom use by transgender people and limits on LGBT anti-discrimination rules.
- Tennessee AG to appeal recount order on abortion amendment Updated: Apr-26-16 8:10 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The office of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced on Tuesday that it is going to appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring a recount of a 2014 vote that made it easier to restrict abortions in the state.
- Arkansas AG rejects wording of campaign finance measure Updated: Apr-26-16 6:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the state's ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.
- Oklahoma 29th state to seek balanced budget amendment Updated: Apr-26-16 5:17 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval on Tuesday to a resolution formally asking Congress to call a national convention to consider adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- Senate passes grant to attract large conventions Updated: Apr-25-16 11:16 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The state Senate has approved a proposal designed to lure large conventions to Missouri.
- Venezuela court blocks bid to cut short president's term Updated: Apr-25-16 10:08 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's supreme court has struck down an attempt by the opposition to cut short President Nicolas Maduros' term in office, ruling that a proposed constitutional amendment to that effect cannot be applied retroactively.
- Abortion rights' advocate looks to amendment recount Updated: Apr-25-16 8:16 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - An amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would place greater restrictions on abortions is likely to be tossed out now that a judge has ordered a recount of the 2014 ballot approving it, the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging the results said Monday.
- Arkansas AG approves wording of marijuana proposal Updated: Apr-25-16 6:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, allowing supporters to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.
- Legal defeat only emboldens 'food sovereignty' soldiers Updated: Apr-24-16 10:01 am
PENOBSCOT, Maine - Heather and Phil Retberg's Quill's End Farm is idyllic to the point of New England cliche. Dairy cows, milked by hand, share space with goats and ducks near a wooden barn that overlooks a rolling green field and the summit of nearby Blue Hill.
- Without a referendum, Vermont may lag in push to OK pot Updated: Apr-24-16 9:46 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The cartoon joint, bruised and battered to represent a bill to legalize marijuana in Vermont, laments that "they're gutting me in the House." A smoother, happier joint, representing Massachusetts, replies, "Dude, I'm serious! You gotta try a hit of this citizen's initiative stuff!"
- Things to know on a ballot measure to end NV Energy monopoly Updated: Apr-23-16 2:22 pm
LAS VEGAS - A proposed ballot measure called the Energy Choice Initiative aims to deregulate electrical service in Nevada, opening up the market to providers other than NV Energy - the sole provider in most parts of the state. Here's how it came about and what it could mean for consumers.
- Kansas Supreme Court rules sex offender registry not cruel Updated: Apr-22-16 4:14 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Forcing sex offenders who've been released to spend the rest of their life on the state sex offender registry does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, a divided Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
- Alabama personhood bill 'dead' on House floor Updated: Apr-22-16 2:14 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama "personhood" bill which would have effectively banned abortion in the state failed to make it to a vote Thursday in the House of Representatives.
- Senate OKs redistricting plan, nixes cutting lt. governor Updated: Apr-21-16 8:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The method for drawing political district boundaries took a prime seat during legislative work Thursday, with one proposal to make the process fairer clearing the Senate and another one advancing in the House.
- Pennsylvania advises counties on canceled ballot question Updated: Apr-21-16 1:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania elections officials are suggesting that counties should post notices at polling places during Tuesday's primary to explain that votes on a judicial retirement age constitutional amendment won't count.
- Senator pushes for lottery vote as session nears end Updated: Apr-21-16 11:02 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - As Alabama's 2016 legislative session quickly nears its end, a state senator is making a final push for a lottery.
- NBA's Thunder among groups opposing 2 Oklahoma gun bills Updated: Apr-20-16 8:10 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Firearms bills to allow most Oklahoma adults to openly carry guns without any training or background checks have led to a showdown in Oklahoma between supporters of expanded gun rights and the state's business community, including the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Arkansas AG approves ballot measure wording on court damages Updated: Apr-20-16 7:55 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a measure to limit lawsuit damages awarded against health care providers, clearing the way for supporters to try and put the proposal on the November ballot.