- Senate rejects constitutional amendment on tax increases Updated: Feb-12-16 6:50 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Senate on Friday failed to reach the required vote threshold to send voters a constitutional amendment asking if they want to require a two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature for future tax increases.
- New Mexico House GOP, Senate Dems reach deal on bail reform Updated: Feb-12-16 6:36 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico House Republicans and Senate Democrats have reached a compromise on bail reform, with party leaders saying Friday they plan to back a proposal that has received support from judges, defense attorneys, county leaders and prosecutors.
- Right-To-Work amendment fails in Alabama House Updated: Feb-11-16 9:11 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Republicans were unable to muster enough votes to put "right-to-work" language in the Alabama Constitution saying workers can't be required to join unions.
- House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage Updated: Feb-11-16 3:11 pm
ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a variety of proposals creating legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents.
- Thai deputy PM sets July 31 vote on charter, 2017 election Updated: Feb-11-16 10:26 am
BANGKOK - A referendum on a new Thai constitution will be held July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved, the deputy prime minister of the military government said Thursday.
- Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage Updated: Feb-10-16 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.
- Colorado Editorial Roundup Updated: Feb-10-16 6:19 pm
The Durango Herald, Feb. 3, on end-of-life choices for the terminally ill:
- New Mexico House approves ethics commission plan Updated: Feb-09-16 11:56 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
- Missouri ban on felons carrying guns ruled constitutional Updated: Feb-09-16 6:24 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some felons now can carry guns, The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, affirming the status of current law.
- Sweeney plans ballot question on phasing in $15 minimum wage Updated: Feb-09-16 4:20 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey's minimum wage would rise to $15 over eight years and employers who pay above the rate could qualify for a tax credit under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Senate President Steve Sweeney.
- Otero County Commissioners approve weapons in workplace Updated: Feb-09-16 12:08 pm
ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico - Otero County employees will be able to carry weapons in the workplace.
- South African court hears case against president Updated: Feb-09-16 11:45 am
JOHANNESBURG - The chant "Pay back the money" filtered into South Africa's highest court on Tuesday, as judges heard a case in which President Jacob Zuma is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.
- Sushil Koirala, Nepal's former prime minister, dies at 78 Updated: Feb-09-16 8:14 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Sushil Koirala, a former Nepalese prime minister and leader of the nation's largest political party, has died in Kathmandu. He was 78.
- Voter ID requirements head to Missouri Senate floor Updated: Feb-08-16 5:11 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Two proposals aimed at requiring Missourians to show photo ID before voting are heading to the Senate floor.
- Ethnic protesters in Nepal withdraw border blockade, strike Updated: Feb-08-16 7:30 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - The main ethnic group that's been protesting for months over Nepal's new constitution is ending its border blockade and general strike, bringing relief to the Himalayan nation severely short of fuel, medicine and other supplies.
- Name of Myanmar's next president to be known March 17 Updated: Feb-08-16 1:32 am
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - The names of Myanmar's next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party.
- Algeria's parliament OKs new constitution with term limits Updated: Feb-07-16 8:55 am
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new constitution aimed at reforming the country by limiting presidents to two terms and recognizing the language used by its Berber minority as official.
- Can Cruz legally be president? Ivy League scholars debate Updated: Feb-05-16 5:12 pm
BOSTON - Two legal scholars squared off in a public debate on Friday to settle whether Republican Ted Cruz is eligible to become president. Spoiler alert: They didn't settle it.
- Kenya: Supreme court judge to be investigated over bribery Updated: Feb-05-16 1:38 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - The head of Kenya's Judiciary Friday said that an internal probe has found that a Supreme Court judge should be investigated further over allegations that he received a $2 million bribe to influence an election petition.
- Conservation Commission change passes Missouri Senate Updated: Feb-05-16 5:01 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would ask voters whether to add two members to the Department of Conservation's governing board.
- Kansas House rejects change in selecting high court justices Updated: Feb-04-16 11:00 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas House rejected a proposal Thursday that would give the governor and legislators more control over appointments to the state Supreme Court.
- Tennessee lawmakers approve 'atomic bomb of politics' Updated: Feb-04-16 2:07 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday joined four other states in calling for a national convention on amending the U.S. Constitution to bring about limits to federal power - what one supporter touted as the "atomic bomb of politics."
- Turkish parties hold first meeting to draft new constitution Updated: Feb-04-16 4:26 am
ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish parliamentary commission is meeting in a fresh push to draft a new constitution that would replace the current charter which is a legacy of the 1980 military coup.
- Bills race into New Mexico Legislature, fight long odds Updated: Feb-04-16 12:38 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Lawmakers introduced a flurry of bills as the doors swung shut on new legislation at New Mexico's state capitol on Wednesday.
- Lawmakers hear on resolution to strengthen state's rights Updated: Feb-03-16 8:40 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Senate committee heard testimony on Wednesday on an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution and establish a mechanism for states to overturn certain federal decisions.