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NCSL tracks state legislation

Wondering what your local state legislators are up to? The National Conference of State Legislatures has an enourmous searchable database of state bills. Actually, they have several databases, so it can get confusing trying to get to them all.

For those of you policy wonks who want to get deep into the reeds, here's a list of all their legislation databases:

Labor and Employment Legislation

Medical: Scope of Practice Legislation

Over 700 anti-union bills introduced across the country

From the LA Times:

The National Conference of State Legislatures is tracking an explosion of 744 bills that largely target public-sector unions, introduced in virtually every state.

Seattle Times: State Senate passes annual $100 fee for electric cars

 

 

 

 

Apparently, if you want to help reduce CO2 in Washington by driving an electric car, you will have to pay $100 annually to offset lost revenues from gas taxes.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island told the Seattle Times:

INFOGRAPHIC: Who represents you?

Here at Progressive Majority, we work hard to get gender and racial parity at the state and local levels of government. We actively recruit women, people of color, GLBT and young candidates to run so that our represenation can look more like us.

We've created an infographic to show just how far we have to go:

State Legislature and Congress Demographic Representation

Here are the demographic breakdowns and sources:

 

Labor Acronyms: Who are they and what they do

With labor fights happening all over the country, news reports are veritable alphabet soups of the who's-who in labor unions. We break it down for you here!

PA & VA: Rising profits, sea levels and a lot of conservative hot air

Corporate Profits at 18 Year High, Workers Must Suck it Up: President and CEO of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and self-proclaimed "Real Mayor" of Bucks and Montgomery tells city council not to pass a bill that would require paid sick leave. via Young Philly Politics

Governor Snyder is killing the American Dream

Governor Snyder has been going crazy lately...

Michigan Republicans vote to cut off benefits for newly unemployed

Late yesterday, Michigan Republicans took action to limit unemployment benefits to newly unemployed workers by decreasing the amount of time someone, who just lost their job, can receive unemployment benefits.

If the law goes into effect, future unemployed workers will see a reduction in benefits from 26 to 20 weeks. Conservative legislators snuck the provision into a bill whose purpose was to make a technical change in the law to draw down federal extension benefits for unemployed workers.

Republicans' Shared Sacrifice Sacrifices the American Dream

If I had a dime for every time I heard the phase “shared sacrifice” come out of a Republican’s mouth I’d be a millionaire by the end of the year. 

It'd be one thing if the conservative movement was serious about sharing the pain in terms of budget cuts and the sort, but when “shared sacrifice” means only sacrifice coming from the hide of working America, on the backs of the working poor, and out of the fixed incomes of seniors, what we have is one of the biggest jokes in modern political times.  And the joke is on us!

Ariz. legislator channels Michelle Pfeiffer in "Dangerous Minds"

Republican state Senators failed last week, despite valiant efforts, to pass some serious nativist bills.

Best effort goes to Lori Klein for staging a melodrama straight out of "Dangerous Minds" by reading a letter about a substitute teacher stunned and appalled by his class full of wanna-be gang memers.

Not only did the students refuse to say the pledge of allegiance, they also freely admitted that they were all illegal immigrants.

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