March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The California Senate Committee on Health on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow physicians to provide lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients to accelerate their deaths. The approval of SB 128 comes after two failed attempts to pass similar legislation. The measure must now ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Georgia General Assembly approved a bill on Wednesday legalizing marijuana for limited medical purposes. The proposed legislation is expected to be signed into law shortly by Governor Nathan Deal. The bill, also known as Haleigh's Hope Act, would specifically allow for the use of a marijuana- ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would make illegal any abortion performed once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, HB 69, passed the House with a 55-40 vote, but is opposed by Governor John Kasich on constitutional grounds. Any doctor found to have ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
The Indiana Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill, approved by a vote of 40-10, will now head to Governor Mike Pence, who is expected to sign it. Proponents of the ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A bipartisan bill seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate for a vote. If passed, the bill would prohibit the Maryland ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on Monday to restore the firing squad as a method of execution, making Utah the only US state with the option. The legislation, which was approved by the state's senate earlier this month, allows for the use of a firing squad if drugs used for lethal ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit on Wednesday against the US Department of Labor (DOL) over a plan that would allow same-sex couples medical leave benefits. The proposed legislation involves the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to allow employees time off for certain ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that are not sold on the market. The bill would allow patients to access treatments before they receive federal approval, thus creating a three-phase process that takes ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission, the EU's executive body, on Wednesday released a package of proposed legislation aimed at combating tax deals between individual EU member states and multinational companies. Included in the "Tax Transparency Package" is legislation requiring member states to ...[read more]

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