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Subject: Aug. 8: A growing divide over official-English laws
Date: Fri Aug 08 15:11:34 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  Aug. 8, 2014

A growing divide over official-English laws
Stateline
A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language—or don’t speak it at all—is driving cities and states to respond, often in radically different ways.

With Congress deadlocked, NCSL says all eyes are on state legislatures
The Denver Post
Today's Congress is one known for its inaction, plagued by partisan gridlock and plummeting approval ratings. But some say people are paying attention to the wrong legislative body.


$11 billion later, high-speed rail inching along
The New York Times
High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China.


Virginia elections board makes voter ID more stringent
The Washington Post
Adding fuel to an already contentious debate over voter identification laws, Virginia’s State Board of Elections decided this week that voters must present a current photo ID or one that has expired within the past year to cast a ballot.
NCSL research on voter ID.


Maryland commission rules Uber is common carrier
Baltimore Sun
Ruling that the popular ride-sharing company Uber Technologies is subject to the same regulations imposed on other for-hire vehicle services in the state, state regulators at the same time ordered a revision of those rules to reflect the changing business.

California lawmakers kill measure to ban e-cigarettes in vending machines
Sacramento Bee
A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in California vending machines died in an Assembly committee Wednesday as both sides accused the other of advancing the interests of tobacco companies at the expense of public health.
NCSL research on electronic cigarettes.
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