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Your weekly dose of state legislation

Don't get too engrossed in federal politics... the states are making moves, too! So pay attention!

Millions of Americans don't have paid sick-leave... and it effects ALL of us.

The barista who made your latte might have a cough. The cashier handing you your change might have the sniffles. The bus driver, with whom you share the same air for your 30 minute bus ride, might have the flu. Unless you live in San Fransisco, Washington DC, or Connecticut, all of the above are more than possible on a day to day basis. And it's all because paid sick-leave is not mandatory in most of the country.

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/8/11

State politics are hard to keep up with. We make it easy by bringing you this week's highlights.

A Right to Work bill was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly just last week, but legislators are sure that the bill doesn’t stand a chance against the labor-friendly legislature.

 

This week in State Legislation

Read up on what's been happening in state legislatures around the country this week. We give you all the news; the good and the bad, the happy and the sad... as well as the just plain puzzling.

The truth behind Right to Work laws

Michigan is the latest state to start lobbying for Right to Work laws. Here's a look at their coalition's news conference yesterday.

Round-up of this week's noteworthy legislation

A lot has been happening this week in state legislatures as many congressional sessions are coming to a close. Some states are still hashing it out, hoping to not cut too much time out of their summer recesses. Here's a quick round-up of what's been passed, what hasn't been passed, and what's still being fought over in the states.

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 6/27/11

Having trouble keeping up with state politics? Have no fear! Here's a short run-down of some of the noteworthy legislation and issues being talked about in each of Progressive Majority's target states.

A woman's right to choose and why it's worth fighting for

Issues of reproductive freedom (or lack thereof) have been in the news this week in several states. The Ohio Senate tried to sneak a "Right to Life" amendment into their budget bill. The Alabama Congress approved a bill that will ban any abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And the Iowa House of Representatives passed a ban on abortions after just 18 weeks of pregnancy. With all of this anti-choice legislation advancing through state houses, it's important to remember why we fight for a woman's right to choose, and why abortion bans are a threat to our fundamental rights and freedoms as Americans.

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