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TX: Border surge harming crime fighting in other parts of Texas, report finds
The deployment of additional state police and Texas National Guard troops to the southern border last June has reduced illegal border crossings but cost more than $100 million and compromised the Department of Public Safety’s ability to combat crimes elsewhere, according to an internal assessment prepared for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and lawmakers.
CA: Bill package underscores California legislature’s attention to privacy
From televisions and body cameras to cyber carjacking, a package of bills reflects the California legislature’s attention to privacy. Two state lawmakers say it’s time to tame what they call the “Wild West of privacy.”
MN: Minnesota proposal would require telemedicine coverage
Bipartisanship broke out at the legislature in support of a bill that would require health insurers to pay for “telemedicine” consultations the same way they pay for in-person visits.
KY: Kentucky Senate votes to ban playing Internet lottery games on credit
The Senate has passed a bill that would ban using credit cards to pay for Internet lottery games—a move that lottery officials say would severely dampen revenue from the games that will be launched later this year.
HI: Hawaii bill would make super PACs disclose source of funding
The bill targets super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on elections.
TN: Nashville unveils plans for downtown flood wall
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s $100 million flood protection plan for the Music City includes a 2,100-foot-long flood wall located on the city’s downtown riverfront.
ND: Pre-K education bill passes North Dakota Senate
The North Dakota Senate has approved a measure that would expand early childhood education and provide $6 million in grant money for as many as 6,000 preschoolers.
OH: Kasich pitches tax, school-funding plans
Republican Gov. John Kasich turned salesman-in-chief in his State of the State speech to make the case for two of his budget proposals that are under attack: his tax-reform plan and redesigning public-school funding to reflect the ability to raise taxes locally.
NM: Child protection bills roll through New Mexico Legislature
Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico have been able to find common ground on at least one key issue: keeping children safe and cracking down on those who hurt them.
VT: Vermont Senate endorses enhanced child protection in wake of two toddlers’ deaths
The Senate endorsed a wide-ranging bill that would create a new 10-year felony for a person who fails to protect a child when they know or should know the child is in danger.
GA: House plan hands bill for bus drivers’, bookkeepers’ health coverage to school districts
Georgia House leaders rejected Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to cut health insurance benefits to 22,000 part-time school employees and their families, but local school districts would wind up picking up the $103 million tab.
OR: Senate stops confirmation of former governor’s nominees
Senate President Peter Courtney said he wants to give new Democratic Gov. Kate Brown a chance to review the list of nominees before the Senate votes to confirm them.
FL: Billions at stake as Florida, feds negotiate Medicaid
When it comes to health-care funding, Florida’s in a funny position. The state has twice turned down billions of dollars from federal Medicaid that would have covered care for about a million poor Floridians. This year may be no different.
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