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FL: In Florida, officials ban term ‘climate change’
State Department of Environmental Protection officials have been ordered not to use the term “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails or reports, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reports.
WI: Assembly sends Wisconsin’s right-to-work bill to Gov. Walker
Wisconsin’s Assembly has passed a right-to-work measure and sent it to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who plans to sign it into law.
WA: Lawmakers consider region-based funding of Washington teacher salaries
As state lawmakers look to overhaul how much they contribute to teacher salaries, they realize they’re trying to solve a problem that looks different in smaller communities than it does in Seattle.
TX: Big businesses fear they’ll miss out on Texas tax cuts
Major industries are pleading with the Legislature’s new breed of staunch conservatives for lower property taxes and preservation of nearly decade-old fixes to business-tax loopholes. “Heavy metal” industries such as chemical, oil and manufacturing complain that insurgent Senate Republicans want to cut property taxes only for homeowners.
RI: Gov. Raimondo seeks increase in R.I. minimum wage
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo will call on state lawmakers this week to help her fulfill a campaign pledge to raise Rhode Island’s minimum wage from to .10 an hour in 2016.
MS: Bill would give break to Mississippi ‘Good Samaritan’ drug offenders
A person possessing or under the influence of illicit drugs, but who helps ensure an individual suffering from a drug overdose gets medical help, wouldn’t face prosecution under a bill headed to the Mississippi House for a vote.
AZ: Arizona lawmakers OK .1 billion budget in overnight session
The Arizona Legislature handed Republican Gov. Doug Ducey the quick work he requested on the budget early Saturday, wrapping up a nightlong marathon that sanded down some of the rough edges of the plan he had hammered out with Republican leaders.
NM: Right-to-work issue draws foes to N.M. Capitol
Debate over a New Mexico right-to-work bill took center stage on Sunday, with hundreds of opponents of the proposed change in state labor laws packing the Capitol for the first Senate hearing on the measure.
NH: Charging for FOI requests in New Hampshire gets initial OK
A House bill allowing government officials to charge the public for time spent responding to right-to-know requests received initial approval from legislators, despite strong opposition from civil advocates, local officials and media members.
ME: Textiles get a new birth in Maine
New manufacturers, mindful of costs and the environment, have spurred a “rebirth” of Maine’s textile industry, with textile-related jobs comprising 8 percent of manufacturing jobs in 2013.
OH: Raising oil, gas taxes in Ohio could be left to voters
Republican Gov. John Kasich says if legislators don’t increase Ohio’s tax on gas and oil profits as he has proposed, Ohio voters may be asked to.
US: Some parents openly revolt against standardized testing
A growing number of parents are refusing to let their children take standardized tests this year, arguing that civil disobedience is the best way to change what they say is a destructive overemphasis on tests in the nation’s public schools.
KY: Kentucky GOP clears path for Paul to run two campaigns in 2016
Kentucky Republican Party leaders cleared the way for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and for re-election to the Senate next year without breaking a state law that bans candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election.
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