From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: June 17: Supreme Court rules groups can challenge false claims ban
Date: Tue Jun 17 14:40:33 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 17, 2014

Supreme Court says groups can challenge false claims ban
Cincinnati Enquirer
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took a swipe at Ohio's law banning false statements about candidates during elections, ruling that a Cincinnati anti-tax group and a national anti-abortion organization could challenge the measure's constitutionality.


Court rulings on voter restrictions create limbo as midterms near
The New York Times
With the midterm elections only months away, efforts to carry out some of the country’s strictest photo ID requirements and shorten early voting in several politically pivotal states have been thrown into limbo by a series of court decisions concluding that the measures infringe on the right to vote.
NCSL elections laws and procedures research.


Tennessee strengthens stance on e-cigarettes
Chattanooga Times Free Press
In a sign that the state is hardening its stance on electronic cigarettes, health departments throughout Tennessee are putting up posters in their buildings warning about the potential harm of the devices.

NCSL research on electronic cigarettes.

Wisconsin patients wait for pot-based seizure drug
Associated Press
Wisconsin epilepsy patients are still waiting for doctors to give them a marijuana-based anti-seizure drug, two months after Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill allowing the drug’s use. NCSL research cited.
NCSL research on state marijuana laws.

Snag keeps Iowa's new prison empty
The Des Moines Register
A glistening new $132 million state maximum-security prison at Fort Madison remains empty about three months after it was scheduled to begin housing Iowa's most dangerous inmates.

Q&A: Can claims data crack health care cost riddle?
Stateline
In the last three years, the number of states investing in all payer claims databases (APCD) has accelerated.  Nineteen states have APCDs in varying stages of development and at least 21 states are considering laws to create them, according to the APCD Council, which assists states in setting up claims databases.
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From Harlem to California to Boston, the issue of leaking natural gas pipelines and their impacts on safety are front page stories on a monthly basis.
Can small nuclear reactors transform the industry?
The development of small modular reactors (SMRs) offers the potential to mitigate such industry challenges as an aging reactor fleet, rising construction and maintenance costs, safety concerns, the lack of a national radioactive waste storage site and increasing pressure from low-cost natural gas and has inspired renewed interest in the nuclear industry.
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