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CA: California lawmakers resurrect right-to-die legislation
California lawmakers announced a second attempt at passing right-to-die legislation after an earlier measure stalled. The new bill, which would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients life-ending drugs, was introduced in a special legislative session on health care financing. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said the session isn’t the venue to take up the bill.
NC: North Carolina governor, lawmakers clear budget roadblock
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and top legislative leaders have cleared a major stumbling block in this summer’s stalled budget negotiations by agreeing that North Carolina state government will spend $21.74 billion during the current fiscal year.
NM: New Mexico governor announces plan to increase graduation rates
As part of an effort to improve graduation rates, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced an online, one-on-one tutoring service to help students succeed in the classroom. Students can access tutors, all of whom have a four-year college degree, with the click of a mouse between 2 and 11 p.m. seven days a week.
TX: Texas law could set national template for limiting access to abortions
The next big Supreme Court case involving abortion is expected to come from Texas, where a 2013 law led to the closing of many clinics and inspired abortion opponents around the country to propose similar restrictions in other states.
UT: Utah on path for near-record repeal of gun permits
Utah is on track to revoke a near-record number of concealed-weapons permits this year. The sudden surge in cancellations doesn’t mean there’s been a sudden outbreak of criminal activity by those licensed to pack guns. Rather, it’s a problem of unreadable fingerprints filed by permit holders.
IL: Illinois governor toughens requirements for religious exemption on vaccines
Families with religious objections to immunizing their children soon will have to clear additional hurdles if they want to enroll students in public or private schools. They’ll have to complete paperwork explaining their objection and including the signature of a doctor attesting the parents were counseled about the risks of skipping vaccines.
AZ: New Arizona fetal-tissue reporting rule takes effect
Arizona abortion clinics must report to state health officials what happens to the remains of aborted fetuses, under a new temporary rule ordered by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and approved by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
ND: Substance abuse pushes children into foster care in southwest North Dakota
According to data from the North Dakota Department of Human Services, 59 children in nine southwestern counties were entered into foster care for parental substance abuse. That’s 40 percent of the children in care there.
CO: Colorado security breach exposes personal, health data for 3,000 clients
The confidential information on 3,000 Colorado residents was disclosed in letters mailed to wrong addresses between May 25 and July 5—the second data breach this year involving the Colorado Benefit Management System, the troubled computer system that distributes aid to needy residents.
PA: Pennsylvania OKs photographs of public records
The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ruled that government agencies can’t charge fees if people requesting public records want to use smartphones to photograph documents.
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