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  • 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:

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:44 pm
  • A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado 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.

  • Judges try to overturn Martinez's veto on raises 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:25 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A group of New Mexico judges sued Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday in an effort to overturn a veto that denied them an 8 percent pay raise, an increase the governor says too far eclipsed those given to other state employees like teachers.

  • 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.

  • Dreyfuss loves acting, but his passion is politics 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 5:13 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Politically, Richard Dreyfuss describes himself as "intensely pre-partisan, and even more intensely anti-shmuck."

  • Va. college 'free-speech zones' latest to fall 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 11:49 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college "free speech zones" is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus.

  • 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.

  • Minnesota considers ending lawmaker immunity law 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:05 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still on the books for Congress and most state legislatures.

  • Rolling Stone flubs Constitution tattoo on cover 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:23 am
  • LOS ANGELES - Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.

  • Spanish Parliament rejects Catalonia bid 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:22 pm
  • MADRID - Spain's Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a petition by the powerful northeastern Catalonia region to allow an independence referendum, a decision that is likely to increase the divide between both sides.

  • 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.

  • DeKalb County school system eyes charter status 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:53 pm
  • DECATUR, Georgia - DeKalb County could soon become the latest metro Atlanta school system to pursue charter school status.

  • Egypt women: Rights on paper, not yet on ground 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 5:32 am
  • CAIRO - Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on paper.

  • 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.

  • Correction: Gun Rights-Kansas story 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:23 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - In an April 5 story about gun-rights legislation in Kansas, The Associated Press reported erroneously the last name of the director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's efforts to defend gun control policies in court and oppose the lessening of existing regulations. The correct name is Jonathan Lowy, not Jonathan Lowry.