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Stories with subject: Constitutional amendments
  • Chile amends constitution to allow expat voting 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:37 pm
  • SANTIAGO, Chile - Chile has reformed its constitution to give voting rights to citizens living outside the country. The measure was more than 20 years in the making, and is seen as a major victory for the many Chileans who left the country during its long dictatorship.

  • Backers, opponents of Michigan ban react to ruling 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:49 pm
  • DETROIT - The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus.

  • Stopping Minn. e-lotto tickets wouldn't come cheap 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:49 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers are in a lottery pickle: Let sales of virtual tickets continue over bipartisan objections or be forced to find millions of dollars to shut the venture down.

  • New Ohio gay marriage amendment moves forward 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:49 am
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Supporters of the latest version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning Ohio's gay marriage ban can now gather signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

  • Lawmakers face hundreds of bills, special session 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 2:15 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.

  • Majority of legislators accept automatic raise 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:14 am
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A majority of Alabama legislators accepted an automatic pay raise this spring, the last one they will receive under a controversial 2007 pay raise resolution.

  • Va. gov. changes policies on felons' voting rights 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:22 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Friday that will make it easier for violent felons and drug offenders to regain their voting rights.

  • Challenge to Arkansas gay marriage ban heard 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:35 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing that he expected to issue a ruling within two weeks.

  • Ky. lawmakers finish work highlighted by budget 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:24 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky lawmakers boosted state funding for schools, revamped the juvenile justice system to lock up fewer kids and legalized a medicinal oil derived from marijuana to ease the suffering of children stricken with seizures.

  • Task force members urge malpractice cap amendment 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:10 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Following a Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down caps on certain awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, the members of a 2002 task force that supported those caps are calling for a constitutional amendment that would place the caps on solid footing.

  • Florida editorial roundup 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:46 pm
  • Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:

  • Voter initiatives multiply during oil boom 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:13 pm
  • DENVER - Voter initiatives to control oil and gas drilling are intensifying in Colorado as residents of towns and cities try to ban or limit drilling inside city limits.

  • Missouri Senate holds memorial for former members 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:47 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri senators paused in the final weeks of this legislative session to honor their former colleagues who have died during the past several decades with a memorial service on Monday.

  • Kelly withdraws proposed shift on Judicial Council 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:56 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - The Senate sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council has withdrawn the measure.

  • Competing voting plans could appear on Mo. ballot 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:52 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - An early voting initiative petition is prompting a Missouri lawmaker to propose another version that could lead to voters deciding between competing plans.

  • Senate passes proposed amendment on student loans 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 9:05 am
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at helping lower the cost of student loans.

  • Voters to decide on 2 constitutional amendments 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:05 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Voters in Illinois will be asked whether to amend the state constitution in at least two different ways.

  • Tempers flare in Nebraska session's final days 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:26 pm
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - Tempers are flaring and patience is running thin in the final days of Nebraska's legislative session, as senators try to shoehorn their proposals into bills that are up for a last-minute vote in the session's final days.

  • Nebraska voters to decide on historic horse racing 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 6:05 pm
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska voters will decide if the state should allow betting on previously recorded horse races, after the Legislature decided to put the issue on the ballot.

  • GOP hopefuls for Ark. AG vow to fight federal govt 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:15 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The three Republicans running for Arkansas attorney general are all vowing to use the post to fight what they call the federal government's "overreach" on issues ranging from health care to the environment, but differ on how to do so.

  • Some hear race echoes in Va. gay marriage ban 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:09 am
  • WASHINGTON - To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people.

  • Vote delayed on expanded bail denial in Delaware 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 4:24 pm
  • DOVER, Delaware - State House members have postponed a vote on a proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

  • Group intervening in Fla. gay marriage lawsuits 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:05 am
  • MIAMI - The group that pushed Florida's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is intervening in lawsuits filed by gay couples that raise challenges.

  • Todd upset by anti-gay marriage resolution vote 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 10:31 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.

  • NH measure would bar discrimination against gays 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:51 pm
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - A proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation divided gay activists Wednesday because it does not cover transgender individuals.