- ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program Updated: Aug-27-15 8:56 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.
- Oklahoma high court says Ten Commandments must be removed Updated: Aug-27-15 8:52 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court Thursday ordered a County judge to implement a ruling that said a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is unconstitutional and must be removed.
- NM lawmaker will propose amendment to reform bail system Updated: Aug-27-15 4:33 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A New Mexico lawmaker called the state's bail system "broken" Thursday as he announced he would introduce a proposed constitutional amendment for reform in the upcoming legislative session that starts in January.
- Judge: Current execution drugs may break Mississippi law Updated: Aug-26-15 8:08 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge said that he blocked executions in Mississippi because the sedatives the state plans to use don't align with what's required by Mississippi law.
- Congo's president signs legislation for elections Updated: Aug-26-15 4:18 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's president has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as the new U.S. envoy for the region urged respect for the constitution and electoral calendar.
- Conway backs more severance tax money for coal counties Updated: Aug-26-15 3:17 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Dangling an enticing promise to local officials from Kentucky's coalfields, Democrat Jack Conway said Wednesday his first budget proposal if he's elected governor would include a plan to return a larger share of severance tax money to struggling coal counties.
- India, UN appeal for peace after 11 die in Nepal violence Updated: Aug-25-15 9:11 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - India and the United Nations appealed for all parties to seek peace in Nepal, where hundreds of security forces on Tuesday were patrolling a western town after ethnic protesters demanding statehood attacked police a day earlier, leaving 11 people dead and many injured.
- The Latest: Florida Gov. won't force legislators to return Updated: Aug-21-15 5:57 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The latest on the Florida Legislature's special session to pass new congressional districts for the state (all times local).
- Cities, counties investigate email links to cheating website Updated: Aug-20-15 9:41 am
ATLANTA - Several Georgia governments are investigating after city, county and state agency email addresses were found in data hackers say they exposed from a website used by people trying to cheat on their spouses, officials said.
- Ohio Chamber opposes pot issue, backs anti-monopoly measure Updated: Aug-19-15 5:28 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Chamber of Commerce came out against a November ballot issue that seeks to legalize marijuana, with its leaders saying Wednesday that the business organization would contribute $100,000 and other resources to help defeat the proposal.
- Missouri Supreme Court: Felon-in-possession law stands Updated: Aug-18-15 6:47 pm
ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law banning felons from possessing firearms, ruling that it does not violate a constitutional right to bear arms.
- GOP senator proposes tobacco fund raid for teacher pay hikes Updated: Aug-18-15 5:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A Republican state senator from Woodward is proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the state to raid money from Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust fund to pay for a teacher pay raise.
- Strike against draft of constitution cripples life in Nepal Updated: Aug-17-15 1:19 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - A general strike imposed by smaller political parties protesting a proposed new constitution that would split Nepal into six federal states crippled daily life across the Himalayan nation Monday.
- 248 ex-lawmakers not banned for bid to change Thai charter Updated: Aug-14-15 10:10 am
BANGKOK - Thailand's legislature voted Friday against impeaching 248 members of the previous Parliament, sparing them a ban from politics for trying to amend the constitution.
- Legislative leaders: ND shouldn't tap oil fund principal Updated: Aug-13-15 5:30 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota legislative leaders said Thursday that lawmakers should not tap into the $3.3 billion currently in the state's oil savings account when they have their first chance to access the money in 2017.
- Dayton-area businesses unite against marijuana legalization Updated: Aug-13-15 9:20 am
DAYTON, Ohio - The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a coalition of area businesses and organizations united against the expansion of marijuana use in the region and across Ohio.
- Operative pushing victims' rights constitutional amendment Updated: Aug-12-15 6:35 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - An experienced Republican political operative is pushing a ballot measure to expand the rights of crime victims during court proceedings and criminal trials and enshrine those rights in the South Dakota Constitution.
- NC Senate moves constitutional amendment to House Updated: Aug-12-15 4:34 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Proposed changes to the North Carolina Constitution to dictate limits on spending and tax rates and require annual savings contributions have cleared the Senate.
- AG: State law prohibits exchanging gifts for signatures Updated: Aug-12-15 4:17 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The South Dakota Attorney General is reminding the public that state law prohibits gifts or promises in exchange for signing initiative petitions.
- Jackley explains proposed elections constitutional amendment Updated: Aug-12-15 10:38 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with elections.
- Boone County to move memorial with religious symbol Updated: Aug-11-15 4:31 pm
COLUMBIA, Missouri - The Boone County Commission has voted to move a war memorial that includes a religious symbol from the county courthouse to a private cemetery, despite strong objections from some area residents.
- Former congressman Barr to teach at Kennesaw State Updated: Aug-11-15 4:34 am
ATLANTA - A former Georgia congressman is returning to the classroom at Kennesaw State University.
- Idaho to use Defense Fund to cover $900,000 in attorney fees Updated: Aug-10-15 6:10 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho will pay roughly $900,000 in legal fees using the state's Constitutional Defense Fund after recently losing three key lawsuits, including covering the plaintiff's costs in the state's failed attempt to uphold its same-sex marriage ban.
- Judge voids Kansas same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional Updated: Aug-10-15 5:55 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The Kansas ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex unions nationwide, a federal judge ruled Monday.
- Constitutional convention sparking buzz, but odds still long Updated: Aug-10-15 12:32 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal spending limit through a mechanism unused since George Washington's day.