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Stories with subject: Constitutional amendments
  • Elections chief sums up ballot issues as about monopolies 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 8:17 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's elections chief sums up the three statewide initiatives before voters this fall as being about one thing: monopolies.

  • Attorney general clears most proposed state ballot questions story has photos
    Updated: Sep-02-15 2:08 pm

    BOSTON - The state's attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures before Massachusetts voters next year.

  • Judge: Missouri right-to-farm doesn't cover growing weed 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 11:32 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Missouri judge has ruled that a right-to-farm constitutional amendment doesn't protect a woman who allegedly grew marijuana in her basement.

  • Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 9:04 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying the idea "plays on our worst fears and resentments."

  • Parliamentary coalition in Ukraine shows cracks story has photos
    Updated: Sep-01-15 10:40 am

    KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian parliament majority showed cracks on Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was exiting the coalition over a measure to give more powers to Ukrainian regions, including the rebel-held east.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 story has photos
    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.

  • Jackley explains 2 proposed constitutional amendments 
    Updated: Aug-10-15 12:05 pm

    PIERRE, South Dakota - Attorney General Marty Jackley has released explanations for two proposed constitutional amendments.

  • Rep. Van Hollen calls for national redistricting reform 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 6:58 pm

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Friday called for national reform of how the nation's congressional districts are drawn, a day after Gov. Larry Hogan formed a state commission to study reforms in Maryland and submit a state constitutional amendment.