From: NCSL TODAY
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: May 13: Can entrepreneurs make government more efficient?
Date: Tue May 13 15:07:21 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  May 13, 2014

Can entrepreneurs improve government?
Stateline
A move is on to bring successful entrepreneurs into state agencies, city halls and economic development agencies to help stimulate business and job growth – and, important to many advocates, help bureaucracies become more creative, efficient and responsive to the public.

Colorado laws bolster aerial fire detection
The Denver Post
Colorado is embarking on a new aerial strategy to detect and snuff wildfires while they are small — the state's latest attempt to reduce danger to people and destruction of watersheds.

Calif. bills would ease licensing for immigrants
The Los Angeles Times
Denisse Rojas earned a biology degree from UC Berkeley and has set her sights on medical school. But one big obstacle stands in her way. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old.

La. tanning bed ban for minors goes to governor
Associated Press
Anyone under the age of 18 will be banned from using tanning beds in Louisiana, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that received final legislative passage. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state tanning laws


Alabama drunken boating laws to be stiffer
Anniston Star
Under the new law, the punishment for boaters who kill or injure someone while driving under the influence will be roughly equivalent to the penalty for drunk-driving deaths.
 
Two North Dakota districts move to four-day week
Education Week
Two rural school districts in North Dakota will be the first in the state to switch to a Monday through Thursday schedule this fall. NCSL data cited.
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State Legislatures magazine highlights Michigan's economy
Efforts to reignite Michigan's economy are explored this month along with a profile of a program helping troubled young men in Massachusetts, the high cost of wildfires to Western states, the challenges facing rural lawmakers and much more.
Vermont's GMO labeling bill faces challenges
On May 8, Vermont became the first state in the nation to enact a law that would require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. But several companies announced their opposition to the new law, with at least one—the Grocery Manufacturers Association—promising to file suit to stop it.
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