SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana in South Dakota announced Tuesday they are trying for a second time to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for adults through a ballot initiative.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Missouri’s requirement that a majority of the owners of companies that dispense, grow or manufacture marijuana must be state residents.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Large protests were held across Poland on Sunday to show support for the European Union after the nation’s constitutional court ruled this week that the Polish constitution overrides some EU laws.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida activist who led a movement to allow most former felons to vote got more civil rights restored under a new state clemency program.
Desmond Meade, head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, announced in a Twitter video Saturday that he can now run for office, serve on a jury and take the bar exam to become a lawyer.
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A former Central Intelligence Agency official is going to become the next commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections, Gov. Phil Scott's office announced Friday.
Nicholas Deml will succeed interim Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker who held the position for 22 months.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government resolution Saturday welcoming a Polish constitutional court ruling that challenges the primacy of European Union law, and accusing EU institutions of overextending their powers.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday upheld the increased power Indiana legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies, siding with them in a lawsuit filed by Gov.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's constitutional court ruled Thursday that Polish laws have supremacy over those of the European Union in areas where they clash, a decision likely to embolden the country's right-wing government and worsen its already troubled relationship with the EU.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an “offensive deprivation" of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation's second-most populous state since September.
ATLANTA (AP) — A trade publication is again giving Georgia high marks for its business environment.
For the eighth straight year, Area Development magazine named Georgia the best state to do business, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatari citizens voted for the first time in elections for an advisory council on Saturday — a long-delayed step that aims to give people in the autocratic sheikhdom slightly more say over how they're ruled.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina school board has passed a policy preventing critical race theory in its classrooms after county commissioners threatened to withhold nearly $8 million in funding.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several thousand Missourians who previously were not eligible for Medicaid are expected to seek the health care coverage, now that voter-approved expansion of the program has taken effect.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri governor is urging the current occupant of the office to grant clemency to a convicted killer who is days away from facing execution.
Democrat Bob Holden was elected in 2000 and served one term.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a new tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state’s regressive tax system.
The 1.2% business and occupation surtax — a tax added on top of other taxes — was passed by the Legislature in 2019.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The start of the Alaska Legislature’s special session has been pushed back to Monday.
It had originally been scheduled to start Friday, but has been pushed back to Monday afternoon to ensure enough lawmakers are present in Juneau to convent, Anchorage television station KTUU-TV reported.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have introduced a plan to end elections for three state constitutional offices and let governors fill the positions.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s top Democrats say they are not surprised by the lawsuits filed by the Republican National Committee against two cities that would allow noncitizens to vote on local issues.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Struggling with political turmoil and the aftermath of an earthquake, Haiti's prime minister said Tuesday that he plans to hold a referendum to modify the country's constitution by February, and he hopes to organize presidential and legislative elections early next year.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria announced Tuesday that invitations have been issued for a sixth meeting of the committee charged with producing a new constitution for war-torn Syria in October.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus on Tuesday announced a referendum on a new constitution to be held in February 2022 and vowed not to let the opposition come to power, a move analysts say could further cement his grip on power after months of mass protests.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Monday unveiled sweeping changes to the conduct of elections through a proposed constitutional amendment, the latest turn in a partisan power struggle over elections in the wake of former President Donald Trump's baseless claims that last year's presidential contest was rigged against him.
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge Monday upheld a city official’s decision to disqualify a candidate for mayor because of a past felony conviction.
Julius Hall had filed paperwork to run in the November election for mayor of Port Wentworth, a city of 11,000 outside Savannah.
MOSCOW (AP) — About 400 demonstrators gathered in central Moscow to protest alleged tampering in the national parliament election in which the dominant pro-Kremlin party retained a constitutional majority.
Muscogee Nation voters have approved press protections for their tribe's news enterprise.
Citizens voted 1,914 to 596 last week to amend the tribe’s constitution to include press protections and mandate funding for Mvskoke Media, Indian Country Today reported.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s constitutional court announced another recess Wednesday in a key case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the EU member country.
The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal, when it eventually comes, is expected to define Poland's future relationship with the 27-member bloc.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Questions about the legality and practical effect of a victims' rights amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that has been in limbo for almost two years dominated oral arguments in the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.
THOMSON, Ga. (AP) — A 98-year-old World War II veteran who took part in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge and witnessed the German surrender during the war has been honored by France.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Louis Graziano was given the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony on Friday in Thomson, Georgia, where he lives.
MOSCOW (AP) — Early results Sunday in Russia's parliamentary election showed the dominant pro-Kremlin party well in the lead, but it was unclear if the party will retain the two-thirds majority of seats that allow it to change the constitution.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s constitution gives the Legislature full authority to meet whenever it wants, a top state lawyer argued Friday in a bid to squash Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Parliament on Friday approved a constitutional amendment changing how lawmakers are elected, a move expected to allocate more seats to big parties at the expense of smaller ones.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Susana Dueñas could hardly believe the news: Mexico’s Supreme Court had decided that abortion could not be considered a crime. The 38-year-old woman from central Mexico had spent six and a half years in prison on just that charge.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Several Malaysian mothers won a legal battle Thursday for the right to pass their nationality to their children born abroad, a landmark court decision hailed by activists as a giant step toward gender equality.
ATLANTA (AP) — Third-party candidates will now need to collect fewer signatures to run for congressional seats and other elected offices in Georgia.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's new military leaders sought to tighten their grip on power Monday after overthrowing President Alpha Conde, ordering the soldiers from his presidential guard to now join the junta forces and barring government officials from leaving the country.
MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — The governing document of Alabama still says white and colored children are prohibited from attending school together. Lawmakers have begun discussing exactly how to remove such racist language from the state’s Constitution, a document approved in 1901 to enshrine white supremacy as state law.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's top court and its election authority have tossed aside what seemed to be a constitutional ban on consecutive presidential reelection, setting the stage for President Nayib Bukele to potentially seek a second term in 2024.
BOSTON (AP) — A question that would require voters to present an ID and a second that would grant new benefits for drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft while stopping short of declaring them employees have cleared an initial hurdle on their way to next year’s ballot.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's constitutional court on Tuesday reopened but then recessed its proceedings in a case over whether Polish or European Union law has primacy in the country.
The Constitutional Tribunal said it would take up the question again on Sept.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A father is suing in federal court over a mask mandate imposed on his 12-year-old daughter in the Winslow school system.
The lawsuit names the town of Winslow, school board, public schools and Superintendent Peter Thiboutot as defendants, and accuses them of “aggrandizing” the risk COVID-19 poses to children.
DETROIT (AP) — Parking scofflaws unite!
A woman with 14 tickets has won a major decision in a dispute over whether a Michigan city violated the U.S. Constitution by chalking her car tires without a search warrant.
BOSTON (AP) — The USS Constitution sailed into Boston Harbor on Friday and fired a 21-gun salute in honor of Vietnam War veterans on board.
Old Ironsides, as the warship is known, took more than 300 military veterans on a three-hour tour of the harbor to honor their service.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A comprehensive fiscal policy for Alaska "must be negotiated and agreed to as whole” and not taken up piecemeal, according to a report from a legislative working group that was charged with making recommendations for the special session that opened Monday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court issued a key decision Thursday that helps protect people living in their vehicles from having them towed, in a case that drew widespread attention amid Seattle's housing crisis.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have rejected the requests of landowners who sought to restrict public access to streams and rivers that flow through their properties, marking just the latest development in a legal battle that likely won't end until the state Supreme Court weighs in.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a judge’s ruling that threw out Gov. Tom Wolf’s sweeping COVID-19 restrictions, saying the case is now moot because statewide mitigation measures have expired and Pennsylvania voters have since constrained a governor’s emergency powers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law requiring individuals to have a permit to carry a handgun in public is constitutional and does not violate the Second Amendment.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The governor of Pennsylvania is asking state lawmakers to return to Harrisburg within a month to extend a statewide disaster emergency intended to help stem the commonwealth's opioid addiction crisis.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the display of a Bible at New Hampshire’s veterans hospital have proposed replacing it with a Book of Faith containing writings and prayers from seven religious groups.