Senator Mark Begich today joined other Democrats in sponsoring a bill that would make it illegal for a company to deny employees certain health benefits, including birth control, if they are required to be covered by federal health care law.
The bill is a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, which says closely held companies can refuse to provide such benefits if the owners have religious objections. Sponsors are calling it the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act.
It is unlikely to go anywhere in the Republican-controlled House, where conservatives praise the Hobby Lobby decision as a victory for religious liberty.
- The contest s driven by online votes. The installation is made up of mirrors and handmade tears of glass several feet long suspended from a hallway ceiling at Gastineau Elementary School.
- City officials say the increased revenue will help cover animal control services. The new rates went into immediate effect.
- Juneau Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred in North Douglas over the weekend.