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GOP attorneys general seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

February 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted into the U.S. Constitution.Legal chiefs in five states — Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota — filed a motion o...

Kansas leader decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid

JOHN HANNA

February 14, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas on Friday disputed the claims of GOP colleagues that a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program would lead to taxpayers funding elective abortions.Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican, sent an email to senators ...

House acts to remove deadline for Equal Rights Amendment

MATTHEW DALY

February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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."There is no expiration date on equality,'' said Dem...

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

February 13, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power.Putin raised the idea of constitutional amendment...

Ginsburg: Equal Rights Amendment backers should start over

JESSICA GRESKO

February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Monday that those like her who support an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution should start over in trying to get it passed rather than counting on breathing life into the failed attempt from the 1970s.“I would like to see a new beg...

Kansas anti-abortion measure fails; Medicaid plan targeted

JOHN HANNA

February 7, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas failed to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot Friday, and abortion opponents responded by moving aggressively to block a Medicaid expansion plan backed by Democrats and GOP moderates.Neither side expected Frida...

Abortion is unlikely complication in Senate race in Kansas

JOHN HANNA

February 5, 2020

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A fight in the Kansas Legislature over protecting its power to restrict abortion has become an unlikely complication in the Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat, even though the top candidates all oppose abortion.Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle is campaigning for...

Democratic AGs sue to force US to adopt ERA in Constitution

SARAH RANKIN and MICHELLE L. PRICE

January 30, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three Democratic state attorneys general sued a U.S. government official Thursday, seeking to force him to recognize Virginia’s recent vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and adopt the measure in the Constitution.The lawsuit filed against the archivist of the United Sta...

US Archives confirms it won’t take steps to certify ERA

January 28, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A day after Virginia became the critical 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the National Archives reiterated on Tuesday that it would not immediately take any action to certify the measure's adoption as part of the U.S. Constitution.The National Archives has receive...

With Virginia’s final ratification, ERA fight advances

SARAH RANKIN

January 27, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officially became the critical 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Monday, clearing the way for likely court fights over whether the measure can be added to the U.S. Constitution.State lawmakers made history earlier this month when each chamber of the Gen...