The Michigan house passed a broad religious freedom bill on Thursday that many believe provides a “license to discriminate” in the name of deeply held religious beliefs.
Hundreds of University of Oregon educators are striking for paid sick and parental leave and fair wages, the result of a year-long negotiation process between a graduate employees’ union and the university administration, including its president, whose field of research is family sociology and who has published studies on the importance of paid family leave.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved changes to the state’s regulation of public utilities that will allow electric providers to nearly double their fixed rates in 2015.
The Department of Defense’s long-awaited report to President Obama on military sexual assault doesn’t show nearly enough progress in dealing with the problem, advocates for survivors say.
After all the votes were counted on Election Day, Republicans held a majority of seats in the New Mexico state house for the first time in 60 years. This change in the political landscape could threaten abortion access not just in the state, but throughout the Southwest, where anti-choice policymakers have severely limited abortion rights.
The regulatory process set in motion by the vote can take up to two years to complete, but could result in the effective reversal of the law, which threatens to close the state’s 18 abortion clinics.
A new memo from the Department of Education clearly explains that schools cannot discriminate against transgender students on the basis of sex, and that, for the purpose of single-sex education, schools should treat these students based on their gender identity rather than the sex they were assigned at birth.
Wednesday’s ruling declared a 2013 law that requires all abortion clinics meet the same architectural requirements as surgical centers unconstitutionally singled out a Lafayette clinic for closure.
Advocates in California are already looking for ways to expand health-care access to the immigrants newly protected from deportation following President Obama’s executive order on immigration.
Members of the New York congressional delegation expressed outrage on Wednesday after the news that a grand jury decided to press no charges in the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man who died after being placed in a choke hold by a white NYPD officer.