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Recent K-12 Curriculum Legislation
Oct. 20, 2016, 3 p.m.

 State legislatures in the previous months have been passing bills to alter and add to their public school systems’ curriculums.

Ballot Access Laws
Sept. 20, 2016, 5 p.m.

How did these candidates get on the ballot? Why are they in particular on the ballot, while others who may have been running don’t appear? For that matter, how do the candidates of the two major parties get on the ballot? The answers to these questions depend on your state’s ballot access laws.

“Blue Lives Matter” Bills
Sept. 14, 2016, noon

On May 26, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law HB 953, or what media outlets are dubbing the “Blue Lives Matter” bill. The first of its kind, HB 953 prosecutes crimes against law enforcement and other first responders as hate crimes, increasing their penalties and punishments.

State Legislatures’ Reactions to Mass Shootings
Sept. 2, 2016, 3 p.m.

 Gun control will continue to be an emotionally charged topic as mass shootings are a major driver of the conversation.

Legislative Activities: Renewable Energy Sources
Aug. 26, 2016, 3:52 p.m.

Use of renewable energy sources is definitely a contentious issue in some states, with some passing legislation, and other states’ governors taking things into their own hands and signing agreements having to do with energy.

To Fly or Not to Fly: Current Legislation on Gun Sales
Aug. 16, 2016, 3:01 p.m.

 One of the most contentious issues in 2016 has been the question of gun control.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Labeling
Aug. 10, 2016, 3:16 p.m.

How can the benefits of GMOs be utilized while respecting the consumer’s right to transparency?

“Campus Carry” versus “Gun Free”
Aug. 4, 2016, 2:09 p.m.

The ideological debate between campus carry supporters and opponents remains contentious, with students rallying around both sides of the argument.

Legislative Recap: Tobacco Restrictions
July 28, 2016, 2:07 p.m.

In the past year and a half, several states have passed laws changing the age at which one can legally smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Potential Ramifications of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt & an Overview of Recent Abortion Legislation
July 25, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

On June 27, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Justice Breyer wrote the majority opinion, reversing and remanding two provisions of HB 2, which was passed by the Texas legislature during a special session in 2013.

Bathroom bills bearing down on states across America
March 11, 2016, 5:56 p.m.

 Emerging onto the floor of numerous state legislatures across the United States of America is a new and divisive kind of legislation: “bathroom bills.” Bathroom bills are proposed legislation that address whether individuals may use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they identify with or with the gender they were assigned at birth. 


Legislative Wrap-Up: Bullying in Schools
Jan. 25, 2013, 7:05 p.m.

Throughout the past decade there has been a national trend of legislation on bullying.

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