From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: May 20: How much do your state lawmakers make?
Date: Tue May 20 14:36:00 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 20, 2014

Pay for state lawmakers varies widely
Stateline
Lawmakers’ salaries vary widely across the states, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. One major factor is whether the job is full-time or only part-time. Just 10 states have legislatures considered full-time or nearly full-time, according to NCSL. A handful of states don’t even hold annual sessions.
NCSL research on legislator compensation.

Longest serving state House speakers in the nation
Associated Press
Illinois’ Michael Madigan is currently the longest serving House speaker in the U.S. by nearly a decade, but he is not the longest serving speaker ever. NCSL's Tim Storey quoted.

States take on immigration
Politico
Fed up with an immigration overhaul stalling in Congress, state and local officials are taking the issue into their own hands. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on immigration


Experts say online gambling hurt by illegal action
Associated Press
Internet gambling in the United States is off to a slower start than many had imagined, held back, experts say, by illegal offshore operators who are continuing to draw users and siphon off millions of dollars. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on online gambling legislation


Feds OK Colo. plan to lower rural  health premiums
The Denver Post
The federal government has approved Colorado's plan to consolidate several geographic rating areas used to determine health insurance premiums, which officials hope will reduce consumer costs in mountain and rural areas.

Copper on Maine's State House may become art
Skowhegan Morning Sentinel
The century-old copper encasing the State House dome hasn’t yet come down as part of this year’s restoration project, but interest is building in what to do with the old metal.
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Recent chemical spill accidents across the country have heightened the need for reform in how the federal government regulates toxic substances.
Report: Calif. teacher pension should be top priority
Staring down $340 billion in long-term costs, what should California lawmakers tackle first? The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) $73.7 billion unfunded liability, according to a May report from the state’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO).
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