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CA: California governor signs sweeping groundwater pumping legislation
The three-bill package, which gained momentum during the state’s ongoing drought, will create local agencies to oversee groundwater extraction, a turn from the California’s historic practice of allowing landowners in most cases to extract any water that lies beneath their land.
NJ: Inside New Jersey’s historic push to tackle heroin epidemic
A bipartisan group of state legislators plans to introduce a sweeping package of bills today that seeks to bolster substance abuse treatment and education in New Jersey, marking the largest legislative push on drug abuse in years as the state grapples with a spiraling heroin epidemic.
NY: New York charter schools seek equity
A coalition of charter schools is suing New York, claiming they have been underfunded compared to the mainstream public schools, resulting in their students being denied a constitutionally guaranteed “sound basic education.”
MD: Maryland to stagger access to health exchange website
Unlike other states, Maryland will limit access to the state’s rebuilt health insurance website when it launches in November so that any glitches can be worked out and the system won’t be overwhelmed with requests.
TN: Justice groups give road map for fixing Tennessee prisons
The Senate Judiciary Committee is debating what Tennessee should do to reduce prison populations and recidivism — and, by extension, save taxpayers money.
FL: Florida’s ‘Gray Belt’ a glimpse at nation’s future
Citrus County isn’t simply a stereotype of Florida, where in just 15 years, one in four residents will be 65 or older. It’s a peek into the not-too-distant future of the nation, where the number will be one in five.
TX: Texas still tops census list of highest uninsured rates
Texas continues to rank as the state with the highest rate of residents without health insurance, with 22.1 percent of the population lacking coverage, new U.S. Census Bureau figures show.
MS: Coast leads Mississippi in urban economic growth in 2013
The Mississippi Gulf Coast’s economy grew rapidly last year, but it slowed in other metropolitan areas of the state.
WI: Wisconsin justice department never launched GPS program
Wisconsin’s justice department refused to launch the million program saying that technical language enacting the plan didn’t actually give judges the authority to order GPS monitoring of people under restraining orders.
OK: Oklahoma Supreme Court may review constitutionality of law to refurbish crumbling Capitol
Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent, who has a long history of challenging laws he feels are unconstitutional, has filed a formal objection to the issuance of bonds to repair and refurbish the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.
OH: No Ohio gubernatorial debate for first time since late 1970s
The campaign for Republican Gov. John Kasich said that it walked away from negotiations to schedule a public debate between Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.
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