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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.

Pennsylvania State Senate passes more restrictions on abortion clinics

From philly.com:

A controversial bill imposing stricter standards on abortion clinics in Pennsylvania cleared the state Senate Tuesday and now heads to the House, where its fate is uncertain.

By a vote of 38-12, the Senate passed legislation - prompted by a grand jury's report exposing horrific conditions at a Philadelphia abortion clinic - that would increase inspection, space, staffing, and other requirements for the 20 clinics operating throughout the state.

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.

Elected Official Roundup 3/16/11

Your legislators, hard at work:

Pam DeLissio (State Rep., PA) chronicles her first months in office for Patch.com.

Joe Fitzgibbon (State Rep., WA) introduces bill to bring justice for families of accident victims. via Kitsap Sun.

Ohio House passes anti-choice bill

This bill, pulled from the "Parents Know Best" strategy (read our post on 5 conservative anit-choice strategies), was passed with an overwhelming majority in the Ohio House. This does not bode well for women in the Buckeye State:

Elected Official Roundup 3/11/11

Your roundup of our elected officials in the news:

Brett Hulsey (State Rep. WI) and Assembly Dems continue to voice opposition to Walker's bill. "The bill assaults our families, our freedom, it undermines our future in a needless way," said Hulsey in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

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