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Court: Absentee ballots that come after election won’t count

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.

House acts to remove deadline for Equal Rights Amendment

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.

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

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.

Legislative battle taking shape again over how best to protect Idaho crime victims’ rights

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...

Amendment to guarantee hunting rights in Washington won’t get vote in 2017

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.

Trib: Why is HJR 5 attracting big $$$?

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."

Otter urges ‘no’ vote on HJR 5

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.

Land Board members differ on proposed constitutional amendment on Nov. 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...

As Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban remains, federal benefits murky

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.”

For lawmakers, supermajority a taxing constitutional debate

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.