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Texas lawmakers want to protect families wrongly accused of child abuse

This article was published in partnership with the Houston Chronicle. HOUSTON — Texas lawmakers are calling for stronger safeguards in the state’s child welfare system after an NBC News and Houston Chronicle investigation found children had been taken from their parents based on disputed medical opinions from doctors trained to …

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Virginia Lawmakers Urged to Tackle Student Loan Crisis

September 13, 2019 RICHMOND, Va. – Groups in Virginia are pushing state lawmakers to pass a Borrower’s Bill of Rights, just days after a U.S. House hearing at which student debt was called a “one-and-a-half-trillion-dollar national crisis.” The Virginia bill is designed to protect more than one million people who …

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What if equal pay isn’t enough?

By ELIZABETH RALPH  08/16/2019 12:17 PM EDT RULING THE WEEK Sometimes equal pay for equal work doesn’t give you the full picture. According to a new POLITICO analysis of New York state legislators’ financial disclosure forms, male lawmakers are more likely to hold outside jobs than their female colleagues — …

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Migrant children detained: Lawmakers respond to CBS News report about children held indefinitely, “falling through the bureaucratic cracks”

Democratic politicians reacted with anger Wednesday to a CBS News report revealing that “well over 4,000” migrant children could be held in government custody indefinitely. The number of children, designated “Category Four” by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), was divulged in an exclusive interview with ORR Director Jonathan Hayes. …

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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Cancelling Student Loan Debt

Print Up to $50,000 in student loan debt will be cancelled for 42 million Americans under a bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives by South Carolina Democrat James E. Clyburn, the majority whip, and in the Senate by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. That provision alone in …

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Texas doubled funding for an anti-abortion program. Now lawmakers want to award the money without competitive bidding.

Texas’ fast-expanding, controversial Alternatives to Abortion program, which pays private counselors to discourage women from terminating their pregnancies, is on track to more than double its funding with a $41 million infusion — and one anti-abortion nonprofit is primed to win big on the state’s largesse. Eighty Republican state lawmakers …

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