- Challenge to ballot measure capping interest rates fails Updated: May-24-16 7:34 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota residents may face a confusing scenario at the polls in November: a ballot with two proposals about payday loan interest rates that could have divergent consequences for borrowers and businesses across the state.
- Ethics commission considers election-season blackout Updated: May-24-16 4:36 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is considering an election-season blackout on ethics complaints.
- Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers Updated: May-24-16 9:01 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:
- Voter-ID proposal to go before Missouri voters Nov. 8 Updated: May-23-16 6:39 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to amend the state Constitution to allow lawmakers to add voter-identification requirements.
- Rhode Island lawmakers moving quickly on ethics reform Updated: May-23-16 3:36 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Hoping to show it's cleaning up its act, the Rhode Island General Assembly is moving quickly on changes that would put lawmakers under the watch of an ethics commission and strengthen lobbying rules.
- Arkansas court rejects lawsuit over campaign finance measure Updated: May-19-16 8:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit challenging the attorney general's decision to reject the wording of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions on elected officials.
- Legislature approves firm 180-day period for ballot drives Updated: May-18-16 6:17 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Groups collecting signatures for statewide ballot drives could submit those only collected within a firm 180-day period under legislation passed by a divided House Wednesday and expected to land on Gov. Rick Snyder's desk soon.
- Proposed 'millionaire tax' amendment clears key hurdle Updated: May-18-16 4:50 pm
BOSTON - A proposed constitutional amendment calling for what's been dubbed the "millionaire tax" has cleared a key legislative hurdle.
- Mexican president proposes legalizing gay marriage Updated: May-17-16 7:15 pm
MEXICO CITY - President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico on Tuesday, a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional for states to bar such couples from wedding.
- Ethics reform bill moves forward in Rhode Island House Updated: May-17-16 6:23 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Top Rhode Island lawmakers are moving quickly to get an ethics reform initiative on the November ballot.
- Bill to strip Turkish legislators of immunity clears hurdle Updated: May-17-16 3:42 pm
ISTANBUL - A significant majority in Turkey's parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of a divisive, government-backed constitutional amendment that would strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution, increasing the chances that it becomes law.
- The Latest: Nixon isn't saying whether he'll veto gun bill Updated: May-13-16 9:45 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Latest on the final day of the Missouri legislative session (all times local):
- Missouri lawmakers pass expanded gun rights on final day Updated: May-13-16 9:21 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers passed a sweeping expansion of gun rights Friday, allowing people to carry concealed guns without needing permits while also expanding their right to stand and fight against perceived threats.
- Governor backs GOP plan to give her office more veto power Updated: May-12-16 7:04 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is getting behind a Republican-backed plan to give the governor's office more veto authority to control state spending.
- Missouri House rejects medical marijuana plan for 2nd time Updated: May-11-16 5:32 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A proposal to legalize medical marijuana was quashed Wednesday in the Missouri House, marking the second time this year it has been defeated by lawmakers.
- Mother of slain teen lobbies to kill Oklahoma gun bills Updated: May-11-16 4:45 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A Lawton woman whose 19-year-old son was shot and killed in 2009 is among a group of mothers who urged legislators Wednesday to defeat a bill that would allow people to carry guns in public with no training or background checks.
- Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois Updated: May-11-16 9:08 am
May 9, 2016
- Federal court considers challenge to elementary graduation Updated: May-11-16 7:09 am
GREENVILLE, South Carolina - A federal court in Virginia is considering a challenge to a Greenville County elementary school's graduation ceremony at a Christian university.
- Nebraska trio backing South Dakota measure to go nonpartisan Updated: May-09-16 4:20 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Three Nebraska state legislators with South Dakota ties are lending their voices of support to a South Dakota constitutional amendment that would remove candidates' party affiliations from primary and general election ballots.
- 3 more groups submit Missouri ballot petitions Updated: May-08-16 7:39 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Proponents of initiatives aimed at sales taxes, cigarette taxes and medical marijuana submitted petitions Sunday in hopes of getting their proposals on the November ballot in Missouri.
- Victims' rights initiative qualifies for November ballot Updated: May-06-16 2:33 pm
HELENA, Montana - A citizens' initiative seeking to expand the rights of Montana crime victims and their families qualified Friday for the November ballot.
- Illinois voters to see road fund amendment on Nov 8 ballot Updated: May-06-16 8:05 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois voters will get a chance to consider a constitutional amendment aimed at preventing funds collected for transportation projects being used for other purposes.
- Bill aimed at protecting state lands clears legislature Updated: May-05-16 12:13 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - An effort to give the public greater say about transfers of state-owned land in Connecticut has cleared the General Assembly.
- Missouri voters could decide on campaign contribution limits Updated: May-04-16 6:02 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri voters could decide whether to re-impose limits on the large amounts of money flowing to political candidates and committees.
- 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.