From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: July 24: States threaten to sue over city broadband service
Date: Thu Jul 24 15:34:39 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  July 24, 2014

States threaten to sue over city broadband service
National Journal
The National Conference of State Legislatures sent a letter Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission, saying it would file a constitutional challenge against any federal action to preempt state laws limiting municipal broadband.
NCSL's letter to the FCC

Tribes' online lending facing federal squeeze
The Wall Street Journal
Tribal leaders contend the reservation's newfound economic lifeline is in jeopardy because the business venture has been swept up in a broad federal dragnet that has curbed its access to banks.

Why Texas state workers are leaving their jobs
Austin American Statesman
A graying workforce and a growing economy have combined to push state employee turnover last year to levels not seen in Texas since 2000, according to an annual state audit released Wednesday.


State officials focus on e-cigarette ads aimed at youths
The New York Times
State attorneys general must investigate, and consider taking legal action against, e-cigarette companies that appear to be using some of the same advertising tactics that once drew young adults into smoking, a Kentucky deputy attorney general told his law enforcement colleagues gathered here for a retreat to discuss emerging legal issues in states nationwide.


Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries
Associated Press
More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political parties ahead of November’s midterm elections.

California agencies hiring 'water cops' during drought
San Jose Mercury-News
California's worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs -- the employees sometimes called "water cops."
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Friday webinar: Prescription drug monitoring
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, PDMPs, are state-based programs that track and report on the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. When fully utilized, they are shown to be effective in reducing deaths and hospitalizations from prescription painkiller overdoses.
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NCSL military task force meets in Alaska
Alaska is home to five major military installations and a number of National Guard units. These installations contribute billions of dollars to the local economy. According to a 2011 Bloomberg Government study, defense spending accounted for 10.7 percent of Alaska’s economy, the third highest percentage among U.S. states.
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