From: NCSL TODAY
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: March 3: How some states are avoiding food stamp cuts
Date: Mon Mar 03 15:58:45 MST 2014
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TOP NEWS  MARCH 3, 2014

How some states are avoiding cuts in food stamps
The Washington Post
Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed last month: Bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.
 
Primaries offer first big tests of voter ID laws
Associated Press
In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots — the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.
NCSL research on voter ID

Washington House wants to lead in 'mom-friendly'
NCSL data cited in The Olympian
Conversations are underway at the House of Representatives to increase access to breast-feeding rooms and make them nicer, as well as add refrigerators for women to store breast milk.

'Mommy lobby' advocates for medical marijuana
The Washington Post
Emboldened by stories circulated through Facebook, Twitter and the news media about children with seizure disorders who have been successfully treated with a special oil extract made from cannabis plants, mothers have become the new face of the medical marijuana movement.
NCSL research on medical marijuana

Idaho House panel backs guns on campus
NCSL research cited by Associated Press
A bill to allow students, staff and visitors to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses passed out of a legislative committee Friday afternoon, despite objections from students, multiple police chiefs and leaders of all eight of the state's public colleges.

Youth vote gets younger
NCSL data cited in The Chicago Tribune
Neli Farahmandpour, a high school senior, is researching candidates and where they stand on issues she cares about, like the cost of state college tuition and public schools funding.She won't turn 18 until after this month's primary election, but she'll get to vote under a new state law that allows most 17-year-olds in Illinois to cast a ballot.
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