From: NCSL TODAY
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Nov. 26: Maine considers 5.5% amusements tax | Drone industry taking off in Alaska
Date: Tue Nov 26 15:51:34 MST 2013
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NCSL TODAY brings you the latest news from the capitols.

TOP NEWS Nov. 26, 2013

Maine mulls 5.5% amusements tax: movies, tanning parlors, haircuts, ski lifts

Bangor Daily News

Starting next summer, Mainers could pay a new 5.5 percent tax on ski lift tickets, cinema admissions, haircuts and time in the tanning booth.


Herring declared winner in Virginia attorney general race

The Washington Post

The State Board of Elections on Monday declared Democrat Mark R. Herring Virginia’s next attorney general, capping a dramatic three-week certification process in the closest statewide race in Virginia history. Herring defeated Republican Mark D. Obenshain by a mere 165 votes out of more than 2 million cast.

N.J. lawmaker wants to create domestic violence offender registry

Newark Star-Ledger

New Jersey residents who have abused their spouses and partners would be just as easy to look up as sex offenders under a bill about to be introduced by a state lawmaker.

Financial outlook for colleges remains negative

The Wall Street Journal

Credit-rating firm Moody's Investors Service Inc. kept its negative outlook for the U.S. higher-education sector Monday, citing slow revenue growth, a stagnant labor market and an uncertain regulatory environment.


Unmanned aircraft industry takes off in Alaska

Juneau Empire

The venerable Piper Super Cub isn’t being squeezed out, but the face of aviation in Alaska is changing. Once strictly a military tool, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are now being used in civilian government work and the private sector. Check out NCSL’s research on this topic.


Michigan lottery: Online tickets could be available late next year

MLive

The Michigan Lottery is moving forward with plans to offer online ticket sales despite opposition from some state lawmakers and the attorney general.The state on Monday announced it chose two vendors to implement a new iLottery system which could include online, mobile and tablet applications for sales of instant and draw games. The service should be available to players by the fourth quarter of 2014. Check out NCSL’s research on this topic.
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How states are trying to prevent breaches of personal data

At least 23 states introduced—and eight states enacted—security breach legislation in 2013. States that enacted legislation amended existing security breach laws, for example, to expand the scope of definitions of "personal information," to cover medical or health insurance information, set additional requirements related to notification or to change penalties for those responsible for breaches.

State actions to provide high-quality affordable care to rural areas
An NCSL report highlights the strategies states are adopting to provide high-quality, affordable and accessible primary care services to rural Americans.

 
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