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KS: Kansas’ voter ID law hurt turnout
Voter turnout between 2008 and 2012 took a bigger hit in Kansas than in other states, and that’s likely because of voter ID requirements, a U.S. Government Accountability Office study found.
AR: Governor plans two Arkansas budgets, calls tax cuts dicey
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe will present two budgets next month to Arkansas legislators—one that plans for million in tax cuts to go into effect in July and one that recommends that those cuts be delayed.
OH: Ohio bill seeks mandatory drug tests for college athletes
Athletes at Ohio’s public colleges would face mandatory drug testing, and repeat offenders could be kicked off teams and lose any state-supported financial aid, under proposed legislation in the Ohio House.
UT: Utah transit budget would dig .5 million into reserves
The Utah Transit Authority has proposed spending .5 million more than revenues next year — a move that would force the agency to dig into cash reserves despite a recent audit criticizing such practices.
ID: Last-minute appeal puts hold on gay marriages in Idaho, Nevada
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked gay marriages in Idaho and Nevada Wednesday after a last-minute appeal by Idaho state officials.
TX: University system overhauls salary and debt tool
Touted as a first-of-its-kind tool in higher education, a University of Texas System website now includes salary and debt data on students who earned graduate and professional degrees, in addition to those who earned bachelor’s degrees.
NJ: Switch to 401(k)-type pension in New Jersey may cost billion
Transitioning future New Jersey public workers to a 401(k)-type retirement plan, a move Republican Gov. Chris Christie is considering, would worsen the pension system’s unfunded liability, advocates for the poor said.
TN: Tennessee wins appeal in Occupy Nashville lawsuit
The state won its federal court appeal in a lawsuit questioning whether top officials acted appropriately when they evicted Occupy Nashville protesters from their Legislative Plaza campsite in 2012.
CA: Historic drought is background for water bond measure
The .5 billion water package to appear on California’s Nov. 4 ballot includes .7 billion for new reservoirs along with billions more for recycling water, conservation and groundwater cleanup.
DE: Delmarva Power customers urged to check third-party contracts
Delaware’s public advocate wants customers who signed up with third-party electricity suppliers to double-check their contracts before winter to protect themselves against major price spikes like last year.
MO: Grassley scolds Missouri over trooper training
Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa complained about Missouri trooper training in the wake of the drowning death of an Iowan in a Missouri lake.
LA: Jindal says Common Core critics need legal protection
Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to protect what he called unfair efforts by school leaders to hush teachers who oppose Common Core.
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