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Starting September 1st, people who apply for unemployment benefits will be required to post their resumes online to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training or will have their benefits cut off until they do so.  The new rule is aimed at getting more individuals to apply for jobs and increase their likelihoods of getting a job.
Ohio Democrats are calling for a moratorium on the death penalty after the most recent execution to be plagued with issues in the U.S.  Convicted killer Joseph Rudolph Wood was executed in Arizona last week and took over an hour to die after being administered the lethal injection cocktail.  It was also observed that Wood gasped and choked for air while he was dying.  Ohio Dems are looking at a moratorium on the death penalty as an opportunity to review the best ways to bring criminals to justice and decide the best punishment.
A Texas appeals court ruled 2-1 that the University of Texas at Austin can factor in race for students that do not qualify under the state’s Top Ten Percent law.  The court held that schools can use race as a part of their admissions process to achieve diversity where they otherwise might not be able to do so. 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law a bill that would create a new form of identification for undocumented immigrants.  The ID, which has the holder’s picture and address, can be used for basic services such as checking out books and potentially opening savings accounts at participating banks.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said that Los Angeles would be working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide shelter to children who have crossed the border in the most recent border situation.   The children will also be provided with legal representation and reunited with their parents that may be living in the area.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled Massachusetts buffer zone laws at abortion clinics were unconstitutional because they impeded on the protesters right to free speech.  Lawmakers are looking to a new bill that would allow police to disperse a crowd impeding access to a clinic, requiring them to maintain a distance of 25 feet for up to eight hours.
A Florida Circuit County court has ruled Congressional lines during the 2012 election cycle were unconstitutional and violated an amendment that was passed by Florida citizens in 2010.  Republican lawmakers have agreed not to appeal the court’s decision and instead redraw the Congressional lines, stating that it may lead to widespread confusion among residents. 
After months of Medi-Cal applications backlog, the California health department is developing a plan that will address the large number of applications they’ve received.  The department plans to make a number of technological and administrative fixes aimed at reducing the number of applications nearing 900,000.
Florida has become the first state to create a Medicaid healthcare plan specifically designed for individuals with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  The plan is an effort to unite behavioral and physical health care insurance plans under a managed care model.
Governor Pat Quinn has signed a question to be placed on the November ballot on whether employers should be required to pay for birth control under their prescription drug plans.  Following the Supreme Court’s decision exempting closely held for-profit businesses with religious exemptions, Gov. Quinn stated it as important to provide individuals with the care they need while also maintaining the progress women’s reproductive rights have made.