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It was a huge step forward for American women when, exactly 100 years ago, they finally gained the guaranteed right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment. But to Alice Paul, the step wasn't nearly large enough.
The Michigan appeals court denied a request to require the counting of absentee ballots received after the time polls close on Election Day, ruling that the battleground state's deadline remains intact despite voters' approval of a constitutional amendment that expanded mail-in voting.
In a bid to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the House on Thursday approved a measure removing a 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopening the process to amend the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024.
Constitutional amendment would expand legislative powers in catastrophic incidents.
A proposed state constitutional amendment aimed at protecting the legal rights of victims of crime has passes the Idaho Senate and now heads to the House.
The Idaho Senate Judiciary Committee agreed today to introduce legislation to amend the Idaho Constitution to allow defendants accused of “dangerous crimes” to be held without bail before they go to trial, but senators on the committee had lots of questions about the proposal, which...
Tissue in hand, the young crime victim recounted her experience with Idaho’s criminal justice system after being raped by an 18-year-old at the age of 14. “I was often overlooked in the court proceedings,” she said, “at times not even made aware of certain hearings. … I was often forced to find different accommodations, such as traveling over...
OLYMPIA – Washington voters may some day be asked if they want to make hunting and fishing a constitutional right. But not this year. A proposed constitutional amendment wouldn’t undermine reasonable regulations, Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, its prime sponsor said. But it would recognize hunting and fishing as “foundational activities to the state,” he added, as some supporters are concerned about increasing urbanization.
Washington voters may some day be asked if they want to make hunting and fishing a constitutional right.
In his Lewiston Tribune editorial this AM, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase spotlights "innocuous" HJR 5: "Whatever else it is, House Joint Resolution 5 is not some obscure, innocuous, good-government housekeeping measure offered up by a benevolent Legislature looking out for the good of us all."
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is urging a “no” vote on HJR 5, the constitutional amendment on the November ballot, and he’s added a new twist to the debate: Otter says a clause in the amendment that says “in whole or in part” actually would vastly expand the Legislature’s current power to review administrative rules. Betsy Russell reports.
A citizens’ initiative seeking to expand the rights of Montana crime victims and their families qualified Friday for the November ballot.
During this morning’s state Land Board meeting, board members got into something of a debate over a proposed constitutional amendment lawmakers have approved this year for the November ballot. It would amend Idaho’s Constitution to ensure that the Legislature can approve or reject agency rules...
The Senate is debating, and will ultimately vote, this morning on a constitutional amendment to require two-thirds majorities for tax increases.
House Republicans tried unsuccessfully to maneuver around committee hearings for a proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds majorities for tax increases.
BOISE – Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions will remain intact. “There really isn’t a direct impact on Idaho law,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday defer to states for regulating marriage. “My job is to defend the constitution and the statutes of the state, and those haven’t changed.”
OLYMPIA – A proposed constitutional amendment gave a Senate panel another chance to argue whether democracy is helped or hurt by requiring legislative supermajorities to approve tax increases. Definitely helped, state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, the sponsor of the amendment, told the Ways and Means Committee. The requirement has been approved five times by voters through the initiative process, she noted, including last year. Spokane voters recently changed their charter to require a supermajority from their City Council on tax increases.