From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Sept. 25: Easing of marijuana laws worries road safety advocates
Date: Thu Sep 25 14:41:10 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  Sept. 25, 2014

Easing marijuana laws worries road safety advocates
USA TODAY
As the nation eases marijuana laws, road safety advocates worry that highway rules for driving under the influence of pot are lagging, which could lead to fatal crashes.

Philadelphia to tax tobacco for school funds
Bloomberg
The state assembly passed the measure authorizing Philadelphia to implement a levy of $2 per cigarette pack to help fill an $81 million budget gap for the school district, the nation’s eighth-biggest.

Arizona schools clamor for state to pay up
Arizona Republic
A year after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the state had shorted public schools during the Great Recession by not fully covering inflation costs, schools are still waiting for officials to hand over the money.


Kentucky making push to re-enroll former college students
Lexington Herald-Leader
If you attended college but never graduated with a degree, Kentucky education officials want to get you back in school.


Lack of volunteers threatens survival of rural ambulance services
Grand Forks Herald
Lakota Ambulance and Quick Response is on life support. The elixir for revival is volunteers. But they seem to be in short supply in the Nelson County governmental seat of 650 residents.

Nursing home cameras create controversy
Stateline
At least four states—New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington—have laws or regulations allowing residents to maintain cameras in their rooms. In Maryland, cameras can be placed in a resident’s room, but only if the facility permits them, according to state guidelines.
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Helping rural seniors age in place
Overall, the rural population has been declining in recent years. However, those remaining, and those moving to rural areas are most commonly older, meaning that the need for services is growing.
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The Supreme Court and simple math
The question in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation is whether a state discriminates against rail carriers in violation of federal law even when rail carriers pay less in total state taxes than motor carriers.
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