From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: May 22: Should states 'ban the box' on criminal backgrounds? | Limits on edible pot
Date: Thu May 22 14:40:39 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  May 22, 2014

Banning the box on criminal backgrounds spreads
Stateline
A criminal record is such a stumbling block to employment that many states, cities and counties are passing laws to remove the question from applications for government jobs. Increasingly, some are forcing private employers to ban the question, too.

Colorado sets limits on pot edibles
Associated Press
Changes to the appearance of marijuana edibles to make them identifiable to children will be taken up by Colorado regulators with a bill signed into law Wednesday.

N.H. gas tax will increase by four cents
New Hampshire Public Radio
Beginning July 1, the state’s gas tax will rise four cents from its current 18 cents.
State Legislatures magazine story on gasoline taxes

States revise laws to curb 'patent trolls'
The Wall Street Journal
States are rewriting their laws to make it more difficult for so-called "patent trolls" to pursue small businesses over questionable patent claims. NCSL research cited.

Hollywood showdown over industry tax breaks
The State
From Capitol Hill to state capitals, real-life Hollywood cliffhangers are being played out over tax breaks designed to woo the motion picture and television industry. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state film production incentives

New Mexico regulators put brakes on Lyft
Associated Press
State regulators on Wednesday ordered the new Internet ride-sharing service Lyft to stop operating in New Mexico. NCSL research cited.
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Changes included in the Affordable Care Act have led 33 states to expand health coverage for treatment of obesity.
Former Alabama House Speaker Is Governor's Interim Chief of Staff
Former longtime Democratic House Speaker Seth Hammett has gone to work for Republican Governor Robert Bentley as his chief of staff.
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