From: NCSL TODAY
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Feb. 27: Arizona veto unlikely to end religious liberty bills
Date: Thu Feb 27 15:52:00 MST 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS FEBRUARY 27, 2014

Arizona veto unlikely to end religious liberty bills
CNN
To Arizona's governor, a bill that would have allowed businesses to close their doors to gays and lesbians out of religious conviction was wrong for the state. So, she vetoed it. The buck may have stopped with Gov. Jan Brewer in Arizona on Wednesday, but the fight to pass such laws bannered as religious freedom issues is still on in quite a few other states.
 
Which state lands should get federal protection?
Stateline
As the 1964 Wilderness Act—passed by Congress to protect unique places—marks its 50 th anniversary, some three dozen conservation bills await congressional action. They would designate more than 34 million acres as wilderness or other federal protected status, according to a tally by the House Natural Resources Committee minority staff. 

States wary of drivers wearing Google Glass
Bloomberg
Gary Howell, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates,  has introduced a bill to ban drivers from wearing Google Glass. Similar measures have been introduced in at least five other states, although the device is still in its experimental stage.
NCSL research on distracted driving

Slow poke bill aims to stop left lane lingerers
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Those who lollygag in the left lane of highways and interstates could be ticketed under legislation approved in the state House on Wednesday.

Nebraska lawmakers debate new state airplane
The Lincoln Journal Star
A debate on whether to buy a new state airplane was cleared for takeoff Wednesday, but senators did not reach a vote on advancing the bill before they recessed for the day.

Tennessee minimum wage bill voted down
Nashville Tennessean
An attempt to raise the minimum wage in Tennessee by $1 an hour for workers who have not been offered health insurance was turned back Wednesday.
NCSL research on minimum wage
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