May 28, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Nebraska on Wednesday became the first Republican-controlled state to repeal the death penalty since 1973. Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed the bill on Tuesday, but after a vote Wednesday afternoon, the state officially repealed capital punishment. A sentence of life without parole will replace the ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports ...[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]
April 17, 2015
by Matt Belenky
Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 Thursday in favor of legislation that would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Nebraska currently has 11 men sitting on death row but no way of executing them because its supply of sodium thiopental expired in ...[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]
March 7, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The West Virginia Legislature on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for banning abortion. The bill ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The US Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Senate needed 67 votes to override the veto, but the vote fell short with a final count of 62-37. The votes were cast along partisan lines, with all Senate Republicans and ...[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 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect ...[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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