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The controversial welfare bill that has garnered national attention was signed by Kansas Governor Brownback.  The bill is a comprehensive vehicle, the governor states, is aimed at creating more self-reliant individuals by limiting their dependence on welfare, by limiting the amount of money they can withdraw and the products welfare money can be used for.
Kansas lawmakers are considering a measure which will limit what activities and products individuals can use their public assistance dollars for.  The bill, which the governor is rumored to be signing, will prevent individuals from using funds for tattoos, theme parks, certain food options, and other services.
After ban-the-box legislation failed in the Virginia legislature, the governor issued an executive order which would remove questions about prior convictions on job applications for state employment.
New Jersey recently changed its Medicaid benefits law for legal immigrants, only allowing those who had been in the U.S. legally for five years or more to be eligible.  This has ended coverage for thousands and left applicants in limbo.  The matter went all the way up to the state Supreme Court which ruled in favor of the cut for Medicaid recipients.
Kansas has become the first state to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in second trimester abortions.  While the procedure is only used in about 8-9 percent of abortions, similar bans are being considered nationwide.
One man has begun a program in local barbershops to encourage young boys to read and help their reading scores by providing them age-appropriate books they enjoy reading.
In a scene too familiar in the American media, an unarmed man names Walter Scott was shot in the back after running from a police officer who had stopped him for a traffic violation.  It is unclear what prompted the man to run but a passing witness recorded the incident.
Arizona governor Doug Ducey vetoed legislation which would prevent police departments from releasing the names, for 60 days, of police officers involved in shootings.  Several police unions supported the measure arguing that there should be a cooling off period between the officer shooting and the release of the name to prevent protests, threats to the family, and other situations.
After receiving national attention for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Governor of Indiana has signed off on amendments to the measure that will protect LGBT residents in the state.  The measure, which has been characterized as allowing for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, will be amended in that it prohibits businesses from denying services to anyone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 
Connecticut has become the first state to ban government-funded travel to Indiana stating that the state’s new religious freedom law was discriminatory to members of the LGBT community.  The new law has been criticized by members of the business community because of its potential adverse impact on revenue.