May 15, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approves the USA Freedom Act, which would end the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass collection of Americans' phone data. The measure, approved by a vote of 338 to 88, largely extends the USA Patriot Act that was set to expire on June 3. Under the ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Republican led Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday approved a "right to work" bill that would stop workers from being required to be part of a union or pay dues, but the bill did not garner enough votes to overcome a likely veto by Governor Jay Nixon. After a more than eight-hour ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A new Washington, DC, law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of their reproductive decisions will take effect on Saturday despite a Thursday House vote to strike down the law. The late vote by the divided US House of Representatives this week marks the first ...[read more]
April 30, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a measure aimed at resuming executions after nine years. The law removes the requirement to have a doctor present at all lethal injections and instead would allow nurses, physician's assistants or paramedics to oversee lethal injections in the state. ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, a bill set to end the federal estate tax, by a 240-179 vote. The tax, which Republicans refer to as the death tax, is applied to estates upon passage to an heir after the owner's death. The current top tax rate... ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 and introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, comes in the ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Florida Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed the Florida House of Representatives in March, now heads to Governor Rick Scott. The Florida... ...[read more]
April 9, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama state representative Teri Collins has proposed a bill to abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. If approved, opponents argue the bill could ban most abortions. Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast has called the bill "unreasonable, ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by William Helbling
The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a controversial bill intended to protect religious freedoms of businesses.Those supporting the Republican-backed bill say it will protect religious freedoms for businesses, and those opposed say that businesses may be allowed to go too far ...[read more]

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