From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: May 29: Eight U.S. states to roll out electric vehicle plan
Date: Thu May 29 14:37:39 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  May 29, 2014

Eight U.S. states to roll out electric vehicle plan
The Wall Street Journal
Leaders of eight large, coastal U.S. states, including California and New York, are expected to roll out Thursday more details of a plan aimed at spurring sales of 3.3 million "zero emission vehicles" by 2025 through a combination of consumer incentives and regulatory action.
 
Health claims database raises privacy issues
Bend Bulletin
Nearly all medical claims paid in Oregon by private insurers, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage from the past three years and counting are stored in the All Payer All Claims database. NCSL data cited.

Does low pay limit who serves in legislatures?
WRAL
A bill filed last week that would more than double the pay of most North Carolina legislators is likely to languish in the House this session, but proponents say raising lawmakers’ salaries would ensure the General Assembly reflects the diversity of the state. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on legislator compensation.

Georgia may reopen some rural hospitals as E.R.s
Kaiser Health News
Four of Georgia's 65 rural hospitals have shut down over the past two years. A dozen more have cut services in response to shrinking budgets.

How does Michigan's minimum wage law stack up?
MLive.com
Michigan became the eighth state to enact a minimum wage hike this year when Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a law to increase the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour by 2018 and tie future increases to inflation. NCSL's Jeanne Mejeur quoted.
NCSL's minimum wage legislation database

Missouri Supreme Court will look at speed camera law
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to look at the legality of the use of speed cameras, taking up a case that started with a $124 ticket written by police in Moline Acres to KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan.
NCSL research on automated traffic enforcement
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NCSL's William Pound addresses state/federal issues
NCSL Executive Director William Pound discusses what’s happening in Washington, D.C. that is affecting states. The issues include transportation funding, the Chemicals in Commerce Act and what to expect in the upcoming NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis.
 
Happy 529 College Savings Day
Today is 529 College Savings Day. College savings plans, frequently called 529 plans because they are regulated by section 529 of the Internal Revenue code, are tax-advantaged investment plans that help families save for future college expenses.

 
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