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POLICY BRIEF: House Bill 2495, Expansion of Reproductive Rights

[This piece was written by Organization member Bella Perez] Introduction  Various legislative bodies in the Midwest have recently imposed laws that limit the ability of what women can and cannot do when it comes to their reproductive rights. On May 9th, the Missouri General Assembly passed House Bill 1226, similar to a recently passed Alabama … Continue reading POLICY BRIEF: House Bill 2495, Expansion of Reproductive Rights

POLICY BRIEF: S.B. 1: Minimum Wage Increase for the State of Illinois

[This piece was written by Organization member Ryley Bruun] Background The Illinois General Assembly this spring passed S.B. 1, which will raise minimum wage in the state of Illinois from $8.25 an hour to $9.25 beginning January 1, 2020 and then to $10 on July 1, 2020. From there on, every January 1st would be … Continue reading POLICY BRIEF: S.B. 1: Minimum Wage Increase for the State of Illinois

POLICY BRIEF: House Bill 1438, Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act

[This piece was written by Organization member Sara Meeks] The US has been slowly on the journey to legalizing recreational use of cannabis at a state level with Colorado and Washington being the first to pass such legislation in  2012. Since then, recreational cannabis has been legalized in a total of 10 states and the District … Continue reading POLICY BRIEF: House Bill 1438, Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act