Felon voting bill goes to Florida governor amid outcry

U.S. 05/03/19, 18:53

Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday that would implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The bill, though, caused outrage among Democrats who say Republicans are adding hurdles that don't reflect the ...

Florida Senate passes bill allowing felon voting rights

U.S. 05/02/19, 18:51

Most Florida felons will have their voting rights restored under a bill the Senate passed to implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters.The bill passed Thursday on a 22-17 vote and now goes back to the House.Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that restored voting rights for felons who ...

Kansas lawmakers put off overturning abortion-rights ruling

U.S. 05/02/19, 17:00

Abortion opponents are waiting until next year to try to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, signaling they may not have enough support yet to push the necessary state constitutional amendment through the Legislature.Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature were outraged by last week's ruling that the ...

Update: Lugar honored during Birch Bayh memorial

Sports 05/01/19, 14:44

The Latest on a memorial service for former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh (all times local):3:30 p.m.Former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh says one "can really feel the pages of history turning" with the recent deaths of his father and Sen. Richard Lugar.Hundreds of mourners gathered at a memorial service honoring former ...

Florida House passes bill allowing ex-felon voting rights

U.S. 04/24/19, 17:41

Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House. The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The main issue is whether legislation is needed at all, and whether ...

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

U.S. 04/23/19, 20:20

Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders is another step closer to passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night Tuesday that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The main issue is whether legislation is ...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president’s rule

Africa 04/23/19, 13:09

Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising.El-Sissi led the military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president amid mass protests ...

Update: Egypt begins vote on extending el-Sissi’s rule

Africa 04/20/19, 04:34

The Latest on Egypt's vote on a referendum potentially extending President el-Sissi's rule to 2030 (all times local):10:55 a.m.Egyptian officials are urging voters to turn out in high numbers for a three-day referendum on extending President el-Sissi's rule.A voter dips her finger in ink during the first day of three-day ...

Egypt votes on referendum extending el-Sissi’s rule to 2030

Africa 04/20/19, 04:29

Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role — changes blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule.The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi's government has arrested ...

Egypt lawmakers pass amendments now headed to referendum

World 04/16/19, 12:25

Egypt's parliament on Tuesday passed amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030.The vote, which sends the amendments to a national referendum, was seen by critics as another step back to authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended autocrat Hosni Mubarak's three-decade ...

Assembly Democrats want lower threshold to raise local taxes

U.S. 03/27/19, 14:47

California voters could decide in 2020 whether it should be easier for their local governments to raise taxes and issue bonds for affordable housing, road improvements and other public projects. A constitutional amendment proposed Wednesday would lower how much voter support communities need to raise money for infrastructure projects from two-thirds ...

Sudan declares state of emergency, disbands Cabinet

Africa 02/22/19, 16:11

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Friday declared a state of emergency for a year and disbanded the government amid deadly protests.Al-Bashir — who seized power in a 1989 coup— also said that he will postpone pushing for constitutional amendments to allow him to seek a third term in office.Facing genocide ...

Ukraine president signs amendment on NATO, EU membership

Europe 02/19/19, 09:47

Ukraine's president has signed a constitutional amendment committing to join NATO and the European Union.Speaking in parliament Tuesday, President Petro Poroshenko said he sees securing Ukraine's membership in the EU and NATO as his "strategic mission."Poroshenko, who is running for a second five-year term in the March 31 election, told ...

Sudan lawmakers cancel meeting on constitutional changes

Africa 02/17/19, 09:09

A Sudanese parliamentary committee tasked with amending the constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another term abruptly canceled its meeting on Sunday, the sate-run news agency said, as hundreds of protesters in the capital called for an end to the president's three-decade rule.SUNA said the meeting was ...

Egypt lawmakers approve extending president’s term limits

Africa 02/14/19, 08:57

Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments also set to further enshrine the military's role in politics that will now face a national referendum.Of the 596-seat Parliament, 485 lawmakers backed the amendments, which could ...

Egypt’s Parliament to vote on extending president’s term

Africa 02/13/19, 06:17

Egypt's Parliament began deliberations Wednesday over constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office till 2034 — 12 more years after his current, second term expires in 2022.The development comes amid concerns that Egypt is slipping back into authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended ...

Ukraine’s parliament votes to support NATO, EU aspirations

Europe 02/07/19, 06:02

Ukraine's parliament has passed constitutional amendment to commit to join NATO and the European Union.Massive protests in Ukraine in 2013 centered on the then-president's refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU, which was seen as a betrayal of the aspirations of many Ukrainians. The new government that took ...

Egypt debates motion to extend presidential term limits

Africa 02/05/19, 08:52

Egypt's parliament advanced a proposal on Tuesday to amend the constitution in a way that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022.El-Sissi led the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president and was elected the ...

Proposed ballot measure would let California parolees vote

U.S. 01/28/19, 19:08

Tens of thousands of parolees would be allowed to vote under a state constitutional amendment proposed Monday by California's secretary of state and Democratic lawmakers who called it the next civil rights issue.The proposal intended for the 2020 ballot would help nearly 50,000 felons who have served their time adjust ...

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