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US: Nine states propose compact to give them free hand in running health care programs

The compact would let participating states use federal block grants to design and operate their own Medicare, Medicaid and other health care programs.

NM: New Mexico expects million revenue increase

New Mexico lawmakers will have an estimated million in “new” money to spend in the coming budget year thanks mainly to the oil and gas boom in the Permian Basin in the southeastern part of the state.

CA: One in four foster kids in California is on psychiatric drugs

A newspaper investigation found that children in California’s foster care system are prescribed unproven, risky medications at alarming rates.

ME: ACLU says Maine welfare drug testing plan unconstitutional

The American Civil Liberties Union called on Republican Gov. Paul LePage to halt plans to require some welfare recipients to undergo drug tests, which it says is unconstitutional. The ACLU got a federal judge to strike down a similar Florida law.

FL: Crist cruises in Florida primary win, but race against Scott is toss-up

AZ: Arizona treasurer easily claims GOP gubernatorial nomination

State Treasurer Doug Ducey walked away with the Republican nomination for governor, beating out five other contenders including one endorsed by outgoing Gov. Jan Brewer. 

VT: Milne wins GOP race for governor

Republican Scott Milne won his party’s nomination for governor, fending off a late write-in campaign from Libertarian Dan Feliciano that gave Milne unexpected competition.

OH: State tells Ohio Supreme Court Cleveland’s ‘jock tax’ is legal

Cleveland’s “jock tax” on visiting professional athletes is constitutional and a reasonable way for the city to raise money, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said in a brief filed in a case challenging the tax.

NJ: Lawmakers debate renewal of expiring red light camera law

Unless the legislature and Republican Gov. Chris Christie take action by mid-December to extend the 5-year-old red light camera pilot program, cameras at 73 intersections will go dark. 

WV: Governor mulls special legislative session over chemical spills legislation

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin may call the West Virginia legislature into a special session to change a bill to better prevent spills and protect against water contamination after a massive chemical leak in January.

TX: Texas lawmakers hear proposals for confronting man-made quakes

A major uptick in earthquakes in Texas over the last several years has been linked to the state’s oil and gas boom.

RI: Central Falls public safety retirees will get 75 percent of pensions

Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill that will affect 40 retired police and firefighters. The state stepped in when Central Falls filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and slashed pensions.

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