Environment

What are the states trying to pass this week? 8/4/11

This week brings lots of environmental legislation and lots of reproductive rights legislation. It just goes to show that states are like lemmings; where one goes, others will soon follow.

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/15/11

Check out this week's major headlines from all of Progressive Majority's target states!

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/8/11

State politics are hard to keep up with. We make it easy by bringing you this week's highlights.

A Right to Work bill was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly just last week, but legislators are sure that the bill doesn’t stand a chance against the labor-friendly 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.

Deregulation is GOP's game

The name of the environmental game for Republican state legislators is deregulation.

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

Seattle Times: State Senate passes annual $100 fee for electric cars

 

 

 

 

Apparently, if you want to help reduce CO2 in Washington by driving an electric car, you will have to pay $100 annually to offset lost revenues from gas taxes.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island told the Seattle Times:

PA & VA: Rising profits, sea levels and a lot of conservative hot air

Corporate Profits at 18 Year High, Workers Must Suck it Up: President and CEO of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and self-proclaimed "Real Mayor" of Bucks and Montgomery tells city council not to pass a bill that would require paid sick leave. via Young Philly Politics

Blue Virginia: Counting Your Chickens Before they Hatch

Apparently CEO of Virginia Uranium, Inc., Walter Coles, has been lavishing Virginia legislators with trips to France and La Canada. Hmm, I wonder why?

Now, Coles and VUI are certainly within their rights under federal law to take legislators on trips to France, they did so to the tune of $27,000 for three people in 2010.  They are also in their rights to have spent more than $200,000 on lobbying expenses since 2008.

This is why you elect Progressive Champions

Progressive Majority is in the business of electing what we call "progressive champions." We don't want to help elect someone that's going to flake out when it comes to crunch time. We want leaders that will fight across the board helping move our country forward. 

Let me tell you about Joe. 

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