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 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
West Virginia's senate on Wednesday approved House Bill 2586, otherwise known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is based on the controversial premise that the unborn can feel pain starting around 20 weeks. The act, ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
US President Barack Obama issued his third presidential veto Tuesday, rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act for circumventing national interest determinations. Objections to the heavily-Republican supported bill raised environmental concerns, and Obama had previously voiced his intention ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a bill that would prohibit a common second trimester abortive procedure by redefining it as "dismemberment abortions". The bill was prepared by the National Right to Life Committee and encountered overwhelming support on the Senate floor, passing in a 31-9 ...[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 13, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would make details involving executions secret and allow lawsuits against anyone who divulges the secrets. Moreover, the names of the executioner and anyone "assisting in the execution in capacity" would be exempt from ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday approved a right-to-work bill by a vote of 91-64. The bill will now be sent to the Missouri Senate, where it could face a filibuster. Even if the bill is approved by the Senate, Governor Jay Nixon is expected to veto it. The bill allows workers ...[read more]

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