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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

PHOTO: State Rep. Joni Jenkins is urging lawmakers to pass a bill to enable victims of domestic violence, stalking or assault to break their rental lease. Photo courtesy LRC Public Information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill introduced in the state Legislature would give survivors of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault the ability to get out of a home or apartment lease. Filed by state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, House Bill 405 says that in order to break a lease, the person has to b ...Read More

PHOTO: Efforts in Indiana and around the nation have intensified to help victims of human trafficking and catch offenders. Photo credit: Bret Jordan/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – Human trafficking is often a hidden crime, but it is one of the fastest growing in Indiana and around the nation. Some 27 million people around the globe are said to be victims, forced to work at manual labor or in the sex industry. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say the Super Bowl is the largest event in terms of human trafficking in the country. In Ohio, efforts have intensified to crack down on offenders and help victims. Photo courtesy Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Super Bowl is said by some to be the largest event in terms of human trafficking, but it's a crime that takes place year-round in all states, including Ohio. Federal and state officials say human trafficking is a growing problem, but pinning down exact numbers is difficult beca ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers who want the ability to accrue paid sick leave say in many of their jobs, coming to work ill isn't only uncomfortable; it also jeopardizes customers' health. Photo credit: joyt/FeaturePics.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A paid day off when a worker or their child is ill isn't an option for about one million people in Washington whose employers don't offer them the ability to accrue hours of sick leave. Today in Olympia, a House committee examines legislation to change that. The idea of paid time ...Read More

PHOTO: A proposal to increase Idaho's minimum wage by $2.50 over two years is expected to be introduced in the Legislature. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for boosting Idaho's minimum wage say they're trying again in the state Legislature. "Lift Up Idaho," a coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase, is made up of a variety of nonprofits, charities and religious organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwe ...Read More

PHOTO: Right now, Michigan residents who are subject to a Personal Protection Order cannot receive a concealed-weapons permit, but that would change under a bill now sitting on Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. Photo credit: KeterMagick/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - A bill that gun-rights advocates say will streamline the process of receiving a concealed-weapons permit also contains a measure that other advocates - for domestic violence victims and women's rights - say could put many Michiganders in danger. Senate Bill 789 eliminates county gu ...Read More

PHOTO: Training of educators to spot signs of potential child abuse is not mandated in Kentucky. Lawmakers will be asked to change that during their 2015 legislative session. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Educators in Kentucky are required to report child abuse, but unlike other professionals who regularly interact with kids, state law does not ensure that teachers are trained on how to spot the problem. State lawmakers, who return to Frankfort next week, will be asked to change that ...Read More

PHOTO: An effort to reduce domestic violence among Minnesota's Latino population is using social connectedness to engage the community and let victims know what help is available. Photo credit: Nicola/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Domestic violence cuts across all economic, racial and social boundaries in Minnesota but there can be varied needs among victims, and one effort finding success is focused on the state's Latino population. Ivette Izea-Martinez, community engagement manager at Casa de Esperanza, ...Read More

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