The Arkansas Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act and Other Abortion Bills

02.07.17

With the campaign promises coming into full swing during President Trump’s time in the oval office, it is not surprising that many bills having to do with access to and procedures for abortion have been introduced in state sessions all over the US. There are a few bills that have been getting immense amounts of …
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Legislators Use Erectile Disfunction Meds to Make a Statement

03.08.16

Legislators from several states are trying to counter the recent legislation that they believe negatively impact women’s health decisions. And they have done it with some attention-grabbing legislation of their own. Four states are currently considering legislation that would regulate erectile dysfunction (ED) medication. Legislators in Iowa, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. These legislators are …
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Who is the Death Penalty Actually Penalizing?

05.22.15

The death penalty is a very timely topic of debate. From an extremely important case before the Supreme Court right now to the death penalty verdict for the Boston Bomber it is ever more present in the public eye. There are numerous facts that people do not know about the death penalty and many states …
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Vaccination Nation?

05.14.15

For almost as long as vaccines have been around, there has been some type of controversy surrounding them. Although there is medical and scientific evidence that shows that vaccines help people to not contract harmful, deadly and infectious diseases, there have been questions raised on their effectiveness, safety and the push towards mandatory vaccination. The …
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Big Brother Watching Uncle Sam?

05.04.15

In light of recent events in Baltimore and Ferguson, a post about legislation to protect police and the people was in order. In the last couple years, different police districts throughout America have started mandating body camera use for their police officers. Many states have passed legislation implementing plans to require police to wear these cameras. …
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Plastic’s not so Fantastic

04.30.15

Throughout past decade, the world has consistently been moving towards using less resources and switching to reusable sources. One of the biggest movements has been cutting back on plastics and single-use plastic bag usage. Recently, places all around the world have enacted plastic bag bans. These bans are based off of the detrimental effects these …
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unEARTHing Clean Energy Regulation

04.22.15

Happy Earth Day! Because it is the one time of year we are forced to think about our Earth and how our actions affect it, I thought it more that appropriate to take a post to talk about clean energy. Conventional fuels such as nuclear, oil and gas are raising an increasing a number of …
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What We Gun’ Do About Gun Control?

04.20.15

Changes in gun control have become prevalent across the United States in the last two years. Regulations have ranged from becoming much stricter and requiring a lengthy process in order obtain a firearm to lessening regulation and allowing persons to conceal carry without any training. These regulations are due to the two distinct arguments between …
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Religious Freedom treading on Freedom?

04.07.15

A major topic in the news the past few weeks is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and how Indiana’s recent state RFRA is effecting the state’s reputation and economy. This act brings to light different types of discrimination across the United States and how some attempts to stop discrimination can lead to discrimination in other …
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Civil Asset Forfeiture

03.06.15

What is Civil Asset Forfeiture? Civil Asset Forfeiture (also known as civil judicial forfeiture) is a legal process in which police take assets from people who are suspected of involvement with crime or illegal activity without necessarily charging the owners with any wrongdoing. This process has been implemented throughout history as an attempt to combat …
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Affirmative Action

09.15.14

With the school year starting in the recent weeks, affirmative action is on many people’s minds. Affirmative action is an action or policy favoring those who tend to surfer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education. It is also often known as positive discrimination. There are two different sides to the debate over …
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Immigration

09.08.14

Immigration is a topic that has been absolutely on fire in the news circuit in the last few years. There are news stories surfacing each week on different aspects of immigration in the United States. Something that many people do not realize is the immigration issues facing us in 2014 are drastically different from those …
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Guns in America

08.11.14

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” With the debate on the Second Amendment raging stronger than ever, it has everyone asking – what should America do? …
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America Says, “I Was For Common Core Before I Was Against It.”

08.08.14

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, otherwise known as the Common Core standards, is not having a very good summer. In fact, the program is not having a very good year. Earlier this week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal filed a law suit to keep the state from implementing Common Core standards. Last …
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Do you know about Article 5?

07.30.14

During the week of July 18-20, BillTrack50 manned a booth at the Western Conservative Summit. As Karen and I sat and answered questions about BillTrack50, we started to sense a trend in the questions being asked. Aside from the usual “what does your product do, and how can it help me?”, we heard concerns about …
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Racial Bias in America

07.28.14

Bias: a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question; prejudice. Racial Bias: a problem throughout America and the world. With articles like What Not to Do at an African Themed Party and the controversies with the Zimmerman trial, how have we not come further in the last 60 years since …
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Regulation Freedom Amendment (Guest Post from Roman Buhler)

07.20.14

Joe and I spent the weekend at the Western Conservative Summit, meeting many interesting people. We invited a few of them to share their ideas on this blog. The following opinions are of the guest blogger and do not necessarily represent the views of BillTrack50. Please share your opinions in our comment section below.   …
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States Say Don’t Drone Me Bro … At Least Not Yet

07.18.14

Even before 60 Minutes’ Morley Safer told America that their skies were full of mostly-unregulated drones, I predicted that drones would be hot issue in state legislatures this year (and will be in future years until the U.S. Government and state governments can decide how to regulate these unmanned vehicles). I made this (not so …
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Be Concerned about Electronic Waste.

07.11.14

Ever wonder about where all those cellphones, computers, digital cameras and whatever other electronics we deem obsolete after a few years end up? According to Do Something, electronic waste represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of its overall toxic waste. Toxic waste is defined as waste material that can cause …
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Driverless Cars – Coming Soon to a Street Near You?

07.09.14

Congress may have broken the driverless car on the streets of Washington, D.C., but that hasn’t stopped state legislatures from looking at autonomous vehicles as the wave of the future in their state. Michigan is the most recent state to approve autonomous vehicles, at least in theory, joining California, Florida and Nevada.  In those states, …
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