February 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 44, commonly known as the right-to-work bill. In general, the legislation provides that employees cannot be required to join a labor organization. Without financial support, unions are limited in their ability to bargain and recruit new ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care is scheduled to hear testimony on a bill that would limit the option for parents to receive non-medical exemptions from school vaccinations. Sponsored by state Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Portland), this bill seeks to amend the current process ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by William Helbling
The Utah House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved House Bill 11, which would allow for executions by firing squad. The goal of the legislation is to provide an alternative execution method to lethal injection, as supplies of the traditional drugs have become scarce. HB 11, which was ...[read more]
February 14, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Arkansas legislature on Friday passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The proposed purpose of the bill is to improve intrastate commerce by ensuring that businesses in the ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US House of Representatives passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act Wednesday and sent the bill to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 270-152 and passed the Senate two weeks by a vote of 62-36, meaning neither chamber ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger, and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Washington state legislature proposed bills on Monday to eliminate the death penalty. HB 1739 and SB 5639 are sponsored by Democratic Representative Reuven Carlyle and Republican Senator Mark Miloscia, respectively, and the bills will replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
December 26, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
A bill (S.171) that has been pre-filed in the South Carolina Senate would make certain state colleges pay their student basketball and football players if the bill becomes law. The bill was proposed December 3 by Senator Marlon Kimpson, who argues that student athletes should be compensated when ...[read more]

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