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Progressives advocated government regulation of business and laws were passed to protect workers, including children, from working excessive hours in dangerous conditions. The Women's Christian Temperance Union sought moral reforms through Prohibition. Jane Addams co-founded Hull House to support the needs of Chicago's poor.
The 17th Amendment changed the way state senators were chosen. This 1913 legislation declared that state citizens would elect their senators. Both the Senate and the House became more similar in the process.