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MI: Michigan Supreme Court upholds public pension contributions, right-to-work provisions
The Michigan Supreme Court upheld a 2011 law requiring state employees to contribute to their pensions and ruled that Michigan’s controversial 2012 right-to-work law applies to the workers also.
CT: Connecticut governor signs child sex trafficking law
The law, signed by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, boosts services and compensation for victims and gives police and prosecutors in Connecticut more tools to make stronger cases against pimps and traffickers.
MA: Massachusetts poised to declare a summer sales tax holiday
Massachusetts lawmakers are preparing to approve a summer sales tax holiday that would give consumers a two-day reprieve from the state’s 6.25 percent levy, in mid-August, on most retail items costing $2,500 or less.
FL: Florida governor launches investigation into Planned Parenthood
Republican Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to investigate Planned Parenthood offices statewide, suggesting they could be illegally selling body parts of aborted fetuses.
WV: West Virginia warns against illegal ‘casino nights’
Rather than launch a crackdown on “casino nights,” West Virginia Lottery commissioners endorsed a public awareness campaign to remind residents that the promotions are unlawful—even for charitable purposes.
KS: Kansas oversight committee rejects audit after foster care deaths
The Kansas Legislative Post Audit Committee declined to order an audit of the state’s privatized foster care system, despite the recent deaths of children who were either in state custody or in troubled homes.
CA: California’s workers compensation costs climb
Although the legislature revised California’s workers compensation system three years ago, medical costs continue to rise for job-related injuries and illnesses. The average benefit claim in California is almost double the national median.
OH: Proposed medical marijuana ballot proposal rejected in Ohio
Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio, saying language in the proposed ballot measure failed to meet standards of fairness and truthfulness.
TN: Tennessee prison violence, escape tied to manpower shortage
Lawmakers are calling for changes in the way Tennessee prison guards are scheduled and paid, blaming two recent stabbing incidents and an escape on a manpower shortage.
NJ: Student-athletes at New Jersey’s Rutgers University to be paid stipend
Following an NCAA ruling permitting schools to award stipends to student-athletes, Rutgers University in New Jersey has decided to provide those students with “cost-of-attendance” checks totaling roughly between $4,000 and $5,000 annually.
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