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The Illinois House passed a bill Monday that would automatically register people to vote, the Associated Press reports. The House passed the bill 115-0. It will now return to the Senate for agreements on changes, according to the AP. Continue reading.
In New Hampshire, a new rule bars inmates and their visitors from hugging for more than three seconds. In Virginia, prisoners now must change their underwear before and after receiving a visitor. And states across the country are placing new limits on what kind of mail inmates can receive. Continue reading.
Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a motion Thursday to intervene in a long-running lawsuit over a core part of the Affordable Care Act. In their legal filing, the attorneys general say they can't trust the Trump administration to defend their interests, because health insurance for millions of Americans has become “little more than political bargaining chips” for the White House. Continue reading.
Planned Parenthood said on Thursday it would shutter four of its 12 clinics in Iowa as a result of a measure backed by Republican Governor Terry Branstad that blocks public money for family planning services to abortion providers. Continue reading.
The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act will have a high-profile bipartisan campaign team working to pass the ballot issue in the Nov. 7 election.  Financed in part by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the act would require state agencies to pay no more for prescription drugs than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Supporters say that could lower prices by 40 percent or more and cause a ripple effect for Ohio consumers. Continue reading.
Back in the 1960s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart offered a simple definition of pornography that quickly became famous: “I know it when I see it.”  The reverse is true of redistricting. Everyone understands when a map is drawn to heavily favor one party. But few people, especially judges, seem to agree on what exactly that looks like. Continue reading.
The Trump administration's policies have forced many immigrants into hiding. In his first 100 days in office, immigration arrests were up nearly 40 percent. The fear of deportation has reportedly driven immigrants to avoid contact with authorities of almost any kind -- whether that means keeping their children out of school, not reporting crimes or giving up government benefits they have a right to. Continue reading.
By the time Illinois decided to crack down on Medicaid fraud in 2012, state officials knew that many people enrolled in the program probably weren’t eligible. For years, caseworkers hadn’t had the time or resources to check. Continue reading.
A few years ago, after more than two decades as a gynecologist taking care of low-income women in Texas, Lisa Hollier began to see something unexpected and disturbing. The number of maternal deaths -- women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or the first few postpartum weeks -- was spiking. The numbers were far above those in any other state -- in fact, they were not normal for any country in the developed world. Continue reading.
The governor is headed for a showdown with state lawmakers over felon voting rights.  Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a measure Thursday that restores the voting rights of felons immediately after they complete their sentences. Continue reading.

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