JACKSON, Miss. (AP) 鈥 Diversity initiatives would be defunded or banned from universities and other public institutions under a slate of bills pending in Republican-led legislatures, with some lawmakers counting on the issue resonating with voters in this election year.

Already this year, Republican lawmakers have proposed about 50 bills in 20 states that would restrict initiatives on diversity, equity and inclusion 鈥 known as DEI 鈥 or require their public disclosure, according to an Associated Press analysis using the bill-tracking software Plural.

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