state legislature

Ohio State Senate votes to allow gas drilling at state parks

From cleveland.com

A new Oil and Gas Leasing Commission would oversee oil and natural gas exploration and drilling on state-owned land under the legislation passed today. 

The Oil and Gas Industry wants to drill and dig on any available land in the Ohio and Pennsylvania region for natural gas in order to turn a profit. Now, with the help of Ohio Republicans, the Oil and Gas industry will get their wish.

Connie Pillich talks HB 159 "Election Fraud" bill

In her piece on Cincinnati.com, Connie Pillich addresses the real problems behind the recent Election Fraud bill:

The simple truth is that H.B. 159 will unconstitutionally disenfranchise the poor, the elderly and women.

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

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:

 

Democratic Diva: Won’t someone PLEASE think of the children??!?

Because you know, nothing says "caring for children" better than underfunding public schools.

Yep, Arizona state senators voted yesterday to divert even more tax money to a tax credit scholarship aimed at sending children to private and parochial schools.

But really, who can afford to do that? Not most middle class families, I can tell you that.

Coming to a legislature near you: 7 anti-choice bills

If you thought the anti-choice drum beat would stop and end in Congress, you were wrong.

In seven of our 10 target state legislatures, anti-choice bills are popping up, left and right. It has groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL playing whack-a-mole with these bills to stop them from ever becoming law.

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