- 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.
- Oklahoma Senate passes Ten Commandments monument legislation Updated: Apr-20-16 5:54 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A proposed constitutional amendment that asks voters to return a Ten Commandments monument to the Oklahoma Capitol grounds has been approved by the Oklahoma Senate.
- Alabama editorial roundup Updated: Apr-20-16 3:51 pm
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
- VictoryLand electronic bingo machine bill fails in Senate Updated: Apr-19-16 9:10 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A bill that would have allowed electronic gambling machines at a Macon County dog track failed on a procedural vote Tuesday night in the Alabama Senate.
- Illinois lawmakers debate how state should draw districts Updated: Apr-19-16 6:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The full Illinois House and Senate are expected to debate plans this week on how to overhaul the way the state draws its legislative districts every decade, an issue that members from both parties say they want to change but over which debate inevitably devolves into partisan sniping.
- Myanmar's Suu Kyi vows to amend junta-era constitution Updated: Apr-18-16 2:52 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed Monday to push for constitutional amendments to build a true democracy in the Southeast Asian country as it emerges from decades of military control.