IL Legislature Close to Resolving Budget Impasse

Illinois lawmakers are very close to ending a budget impasse that has consumed the legislature for more than two years. Over the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the $36 billion spending plan which includes a permanent personal income tax hike from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. Rauner had been pushing for a… Read more »

TX Governor Wants Action on Stalled Bathroom Bill

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced June 6 he is calling state lawmakers back for a special session of the Legislature to begin July 18, in part to reconsider controversial transgender bathroom restrictions opposed by anti-discrimination groups and business interests in the state. Abbott’s special session announcement and the inclusion of bathroom restrictions on the agenda… Read more »

NC Legislature Passes HB 2 Compromise

North Carolina lawmakers today approved a compromise bill to repeal the state’s controversial House Bill 2 that denies public accommodations to members of the LGBTQ community. The bill now goes to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature. The agreement, reached between Cooper and Republican leaders late last night, would repeal HB 2 and essentially return… Read more »

TX Senate Panel Approves Controversial SB 6

A Texas Senate committee on March 8 approved a controversial measure to deny public accommodations to transgender people, despite significant opposition. Senate Bill 6 would require people to use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. The bill would also prevent municipalities in Texas from enacting their own anti-discrimination… Read more »

Trump Rolls Back Transgender Protections

The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked Obama-era guidance that instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. In a two-page letter, officials from the Department of Justice and Department of Education said the guidance issued by the Obama administration is being withdrawn because it did… Read more »