I’m so happy you’re doing this list! Just thought I’d help you out a little :)
Virginia has a third antichoice bill in progress. It will eliminate Medicaid funding for poor pregnant people who need abortions because their fetus has zero chance of survival.
Yup, already passed the House, and is on the Senate floor. +6 net for Virginia, so far.
Pennsylvania recently had a bill going through (pretty sure it was signed by Governor) that would enact strict, unnecessary, and costly abortion clinic regulations (TRAP laws). The clinics would have to meet the standards of free-standing ambulatory centers. Virginia recently did the same thing.
+15 to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and also Kansas. (Kansas’ TRAP laws got blocked by a judge, which does not remove points here.)
Wisconsin introduced a “Partial Birth Abortion” ban in December 2011 despite it not existing as a procedure and already being outlawed at the federal level. Michigan did the same thing last September. Wisconsin also had a bill called SB 306 in regards to counseling and informed consent for abortions (puts more unnecessary burdens on providers).
I know Michigan’s partial abortion ban is actually in effect (+15). I think Wisconsin’s is only introduced in committee so far from the Google search I did, so +1 for now.
Wisconsin also gets +6 net for SB 306 passing the Senate, and it goes to their other chamber now.
Michigan proposed a bill that would make it legal to bully someone if you were bullying them because of a deeply held religious belief. I.e. the bible says gay people are disgusting and therefore I can now bully you because of it.
I remember that one. If there’s one thing nice to be said about Gov. Snyder, he signed the House version of the anti-bullying bill that didn’t contain that ridiculous clause (only the Senate bill did). So Michigan will only get +6 net for this.
They also had a useless bill about “fetal remains.”
Passed the Senate, pending in House. +6 net for Michigan.
Ohio passed a bill restricting access to abortion for minors via judicial bypass last year in November.
+15 to Ohio.
Oklahoma introduced, and maybe passed?, a bill this January banning fetuses from being in food. Which was never happening to begin with.
That silly bill didn’t pass. As far as I could tell from my follow-up research it never even made it on the floor. So just a +1 for Oklahoma there.
I’m not sure if you’re doing Federal Laws but there’s PRENDA, which is vile. Arizona has their own state version of the bill brought by Trent Franks.
Federal laws aren’t accounted for in this as a whole (although people in Congress who introduce such laws CAN earn points for their state by doing so).
Congressman Franks alone will count for +5 to Arizona, since he is such a whackjob. I couldn’t find anything on Arizona’s state-specific version, though, so I’ll hold off there.
Vermont is in the beginning stages of creating a single payer health care exchange on our own. Governor Shumlin is trying to get a waiver from Obama because we want something better than what the Affordable Care Act will provide. We also have Bernie Sanders, the only self-described Socialist in Congress. Just Sayin’ :)
If that does happen to become law, it’ll be -15 for sure.
This map is really good for anti-abortion bills: http://www.aclu.org/maps/2011-abortion-access-under-attack-state-legislatures
As well as ThinkProgress. They’re really up-to-date about new legislation. Keep up the good work!