State legislators from acrosss U.S. gathered in Atlanta promise voting rights push

photo Civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery speaks at an event announcing state lawmakers from around the county have formed an alliance they say will combat restrictive voting laws, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Atlanta. Legislators from Georgia, Nevada and Iowa, among other states, announced the initiative Wednesday at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once served as pastor.

ATLANTA - State lawmakers from around the country have formed an alliance they say will combat restrictive voting laws that have proliferated in recent years in Republican-run states, changes that won't face the same federal scrutiny after the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a key portion of the Voting Rights Act.

Legislators from Georgia, Nevada and Iowa, among other states, announced the initiative Wednesday at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr.