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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill, S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act that would reduce recidivism rates by restoring voting rights to individuals after they have served their time and have been released from incarceration. Studies indicate that former prisoners who have voting rights restored are less likely to reoffend, and that disenfranchisement hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into their community.
Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have expanded MaineCare coverage to more than 60,000 low-income Mainers. The measure also would have established a managed care system for all 320,000 beneficiaries, an effort to control costs in the $2.5 billion program, which is Maine's version of the Medicaid health insurance program.
New draft rules limiting greenhouse gases from existing power plants will give states the tools to curtail emissions that drive climate change without shuttering lots of facilities and threatening electric reliability, said Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at a panel discussion in Washington on Monday.
Facing housing discrimination? There's an app for that. Launched in February 2013, the mobile app is the first to address federal housing discrimination, allowing users to find information on fair housing laws, as well as file housing discrimination complaints directly from their iPhones.
President Obama on Tuesday signed two executive measures intended to help close longstanding pay disparities between men and women as Democrats seek to capitalize on their gender-gap advantage at the ballot box in a midterm election year.
At Miami Carol City Senior High in Florida, a handful of teachers, administrators and coaches are gathered around a heavy wooden table in a conference room dubbed the "War Room," looking through packets of information about several students.
Missouri's lifetime ban on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for people convicted of a drug-related felony is an artifact of the welfare reform effort of 1996. However, the Missouri Legislature is now making progress to remove the lifetime ban. This past week the Missouri Senate has approved a bill, and the idea has garnered bipartisan support in the House.
The Kansas Legislature on Sunday narrowly backed a plan that would boost funding to poor school districts while eliminating tenure for teachers. With red-shirted teachers who have been protesting the tenure provision looking on, 63 House members - the minimum needed - voted in favor of the bill, while 57 voted against it. Hours earlier, the Senate approved it with a 22-16 vote. It needed 21 votes to pass.
The harsh winter has taken a toll on school schedules across broad swaths of the country, particularly in the eastern half, leading officials to cancel spring breaks, extend the academic year—even hold Saturday classes. States and districts differ on how much instruction time is required, though the standard school year is roughly 180 days.
Georgians are now being offered paperless voter registration options that could save the state time and money. More than a dozen states now offer online registration and a handful have passed legislation allowing Web-based programs but have yet to launch them.