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CA: California’s Brown orders 40 percent cut in emissions
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown set a goal for California to reduce emissions to 40 percent below what they were in 1990, which would be North America’s most stringent standards for reducing greenhouse gases.
US: U.S. Supreme Court says states can ban judicial candidates from personal fundraising
Justices ruled 5-4 that states may forbid judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions. In doing so, the court upheld a Florida law that is similar to restrictions in 29 states that elect judges.
GA: Autism insurance coverage for children is now law in Georgia
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that requires insurers to provide up to ,000 a year in coverage for children 6 and under who have been diagnosed with autism. It makes Georgia the nation’s 41st state to require insurers to cover some therapy for kids with autism.
TX: Texas lawmakers face long odds in effort to crack down on predatory lending
Faith groups, consumer advocates and veteran lawmakers are calling for a crackdown on payday and auto title lenders, but they will have to overcome the objections of an industry with tremendous political clout. In the absence of state action, 22 Texas cities have approved local ordinances to regulate the industry.
NC: Ban on lions, tigers and bears advances in North Carolina
A bill that would prevent private citizens in North Carolina from keeping a lion, tiger or other dangerous wild animals in their backyard passed the North Carolina House.
LA: Louisiana Medicaid expansion effort dies in House, Senate committees
This is the third straight year Medicaid expansion efforts have died in the Louisiana Legislature. This year’s proposals came amid a backdrop of a .6 billion budget shortfall and the costs of uninsured care threatening the financial viability of some of the state’s hospitals.
CT: Connecticut police write more than 12,000 tickets for distracted driving
By the time 50 Connecticut police agencies wrap up a month-long ticketing blitz this week, they will have given out an estimated 12,500 citations in a campaign dubbed “U drive. U text. U pay.”
MA: Gov. Baker halts billion expansion of Boston convention center
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration halted expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, citing concerns that its economic impact has been overstated and its debt payments could drain money from Massachusetts’ treasury.
ND: Deadlocked! North Dakota Legislature can’t agree on final bill
Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple may have to call a special session after North Dakota lawmakers adjourned without passing a budget for the state’s retirement system.
FL: Revenge porn bill heads to Florida governor’s desk
The Florida Senate sent to Republican Gov. Rick Scott a bill that outlaws so-called revenge porn, the online posting of sexually explicit photographs or videos of another person without their consent.
WI: Wisconsin drivers slow in getting new ID cards
Wisconsin drivers have been slow to embrace a new type of identification card known as Real ID. The licenses, which meet new federal standards, will eventually be needed to board a plane.
MN: Minnesota’s governor serves turkey to show it’s safe
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who has declared a state of emergency over Minnesota’s avian flu outbreak, ate turkey in front of the cameras. Lawmakers meanwhile prepared fast-track legislation to deal with the epidemic.
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