From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: June 3: Obama climate plan relies on states
Date: Tue Jun 03 14:38:53 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 3, 2014

Obama climate plan relies on states
The New York Times
President Obama’s new plan to fight climate change depends heavily on states’ devising individual approaches to meeting goals set in the nation’s capital, a strategy similar to the one he used to expand health care, often with rocky results.
NCSL research on state reactions to proposed standards
 
California is two steps ahead on climate rules
The Los Angeles Times
California's laws are stricter than the Environmental Protection Agency rule, formally proposed Monday. The EPA would require the nation's power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions 30% by 2030 from 2005 levels.

Indiana governor vows to fight new emissions rules
The Indianapolis Star
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vowed Monday to fight a national plan to combat global warming, joining the state's business leaders in arguing that coal-dependent Indiana would face higher electric rates and lost jobs if power plants have to reduce carbon emissions.

Supreme Court will hear Alabama redistricting case
Montgomery Advertiser
The nation's high court agreed Monday to hear challenges that the state's black legislative caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference have filed against the state's 2012 redistricting map — challenges that contend the districts pack black voters into districts that ultimately lessens their voting strength and limits their ability to build coalitions with whites. NCSL's Morgan Cullen quoted.

Kentucky lawmakers' pay disparity prompts review
Louisville Courier-Journal
The patchwork of laws and policies for compensating Kentucky’s state legislators has produced an unlikely ranking of lawmakers.
NCSL research on legislator compensation.


Ohio bill would require seat belts on school buses
Cleveland.com
Ohio school buses would have to be outfitted with safety belts under legislation introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives.
NCSL research on school bus safety
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Five strategies for healthy babies and budgets
Increasing the number of healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries and, in turn, healthy babies, can help reduce short- and long-term medical costs. For example, the hospital costs for a newborn average about $3,200 but jumps to $27,200 for babies born with low birth weight.
EPA proposes state-specific emission goals
The state goals are not requirements on each specific power plant, but rather provide individual states the flexibility to meet the 30 percent reduction rate by 2030 through lowering overall carbon intensity of the power sector.
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