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TN: Tennessee governor signs bill for limited use of cannabis oil

The new law, signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, allows patients who suffer from seizures or epilepsy and receive a recommendation from a doctor to use cannabis oil. The law doesn’t allow patients to purchase oil made in Tennessee, but they can buy it from 23 states where some form of medical marijuana is legal.

KS: Kansas advances legislation to give secretary of state prosecutorial power

A House committee has sent to the floor legislation that would give Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach the power to prosecute election fraud, which county and federal prosecutors do now. The Senate already has approved granting the unprecedented power.

MD: Maryland governor, National Guard leave Baltimore as city stays calm

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan closed down his temporary office in Baltimore and returned to Annapolis, as National Guard soldiers and police units called in last week to help quell violence continued to move out of the city.

IL: Push on to expand gambling in Illinois

Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a city-owned casino, and Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is open to letting Chicago have one.

WI: Mandatory high school civics test sought in Wisconsin

A measure, just introduced, would require students in Wisconsin to pass the civics part of the U.S. citizenship test to graduate from high school.

OH: Ohio payment plan helps get driver’s licenses reinstated

A 2-year-old program to help Ohioans get their driver’s licenses back after they’ve been suspended for reasons ranging from not paying child support to insurance judgments seems to be working. More than 35,000 people have signed up for a Bureau of Motor Vehicles payment plan that allows them to get their licenses reinstated immediately and pay fees in installments.

TX: County officials derail online voter registration in Texas

A bill to let Texans register to vote online is dead, five days after a small but vocal group of Harris County (Houston) officials voiced their opposition to it during a committee hearing. Under the proposal, Texans with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card could have entered their information online and submitted it to sign up to vote.

MT: Obama administration raises ‘concerns’ about Montana’s Medicaid plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has questions about Montana’s plans to expand Medicaid insurance to thousands of people in the state, including charging premiums to people with low incomes.

MN: Minnesota’s Dayton won’t accept changes to state campaign subsidy

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto a budget bill if it includes a repeal of Minnesota’s political contribution and public subsidy program, saying it would lift campaign spending limits and open the flood gates to unlimited special interest contributions.

SC: Independence for nurse practitioners sparks heated debate in South Carolina

One of the most contentious issues in the South Carolina Legislature this year is how much independence to give advanced practice nurses as a way of providing greater access to health care.

ME: Maine lawmakers eye options for virtual education

Legislators are considering various ways to offer online school resources to Maine teachers and students, from fee-based individual courses to creating an entirely state-run virtual academy that would be open to all Maine students for free.

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