Religious “Freedom,” Pharmacists Act, Environmental Justice and More

Posted on March 15, 2018

No Gag Rule on Pharmacists Act: This is one of the fastest-moving bills of 2018. Some health insurance and pharmacy benefits managers restrict pharmacists from telling customers how they can save money on certain prescriptions. The No Gag Rule on Pharmacists Act, prohibits such restrictions. One example of this issue’s popularity: last week, the Maryland Senate passed it unanimously.

The unholy misuse of “freedom” of religion: The radical right is engaged in political warfare to impose fundamentalist Christianity on all Americans. In aid of that goal, they wave the banner of “religious freedom.” But what they stand for is the opposite. Their philosophy is consistent with the Taliban, not Thomas Jefferson. To read why, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

What does the PA-18 Conor Lamb special election tell us about 2018? Wednesday, March 21 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. Donald Trump won Pennsylvania’s CD-18 by 20 points and Democrats did not even field a candidate in the previous two House elections. Why did the Democrat win and what does it mean for 2018? Register here to join the discussion.

California is fighting for environmental justice; you can too: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently created a task force to focus on pollution and environmental hazards which disproportionately affect low-income residents and people of color. Any state or locality can tackle the same problem with PLI’s Environmental Justice Act.

Amazon Subsidy Tracker: Amazon has received at least $1.39 billion from states and localities according to the Good Jobs First Amazon Tracker. And even as governments subsidize the company, they also pay for social services for Amazon’s more poorly-paid employees.

Progress in the States and Localities: This is our latest updated report on progressive legislation that has been moving since the beginning of 2018.