An Iowa state lawmaker’s bill to define life as beginning at fertilization failed to meet a legislative deadline Friday, joining so-called personhood bills in at least nine other states introduced without success this year.
The Oregon legislature last week passed a sweeping voter registration reform bill meant to add some 300,000 Oregonians to voter rolls by 2016.
Controversial Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who once suggested that a gay Congressman would “join ISIS in beheading Christians,” has said he’s “very proud” of a South Dakota legislator who compared Planned Parenthood to the Islamic State.
The Wisconsin legislature on Friday approved a “right-to-work” bill that will bar unions from requiring workers to join or pay union fees. The measure, which passed the state legislature by a 62-35 vote after an all-night debate, will now go to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for approval.
An Alabama house committee passed a bill Thursday that would prevent clergy and other religious officials from being required to officiate marriages they have religious objections to and protect them from being sued for refusing to officiate.
The West Virginia legislature on Friday voted to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a 20-week abortion ban, joining the dozens of states in the country to ban abortion before the point of viability protected by Roe v. Wade.
South Dakota lawmaker Rep. Isaac Latterell (R-Tea) was unable to revive a bill that would have banned a medical procedure that is commonly used for abortion care.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, shifting his abortion stance ahead of his expected 2016 presidential bid, has for the first time said he would sign a ban on abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation and would support similar legislation at the federal level.
Nevada Republicans, after winning control of both chambers of the state legislature and the governor’s office in 2014, have pushed a far-right agenda that includes legislation to dismantle organized labor in the state.
Less than a month after becoming the 20th municipal ordinance in the country to guarantee paid sick leave to workers, Philadelphia’s “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” measure is coming under attack by a bill moving through the Republican-controlled state legislature this session.