From: NCSL TODAY
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Nov. 25: In 16 states, unemployment drops to lowest levels in at least four years | Ethanol losing political clout?
Date: Mon Nov 25 15:50:03 MST 2013
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TOP NEWS Nov. 25, 2013

In 16 states, unemployment drops to lowest levels in at least four years

The Washington Post

Unemployment reached multi-year lows for about a third of states last month, but a full jobs recovery is still not here. Sixteen states saw the jobless rate in October fall to its lowest level in more than four years. In all but two, October unemployment was at its lowest level since late 2008 or the early months of 2009. Check out NCSL’s research on this topic.


States are going after patent trolls to protect businesses

Stateline

A handful of states have launched aggressive efforts to thwart so-called “patent trolls” that have bedeviled businesses ranging from giants like Amazon and Facebook to mom-and-pop stores.

Iowans worry about ethanol's lost political clout

Associated Press

Iowa's senior political leaders are pondering how to shore up political support for the corn-based fuel at a time when its economic and environmental benefits are under attack.

As online gambling starts in New Jersey, some worry about addiction's powerful grip

NCSL data cited by Reuters

While regulators and casino executives say countless new safeguards will be a part of online betting — more than could ever exist in casinos — those concerned about gambling addition think digital gaming will create a new generation of addicts and draw those in recovery back to the table. Check out NCSL’s research on this topic.


Nebraska lawmaker to introduce school guns bill

NCSL research cited by Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers are likely to revisit the idea of allowing teachers to carry guns in school next year, but the proposal will again face strong opposition. State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial said he plans to introduce legislation that could allow teachers to bring concealed weapons into classrooms when lawmakers convene in January.. Check out NCSL’s research on this topic.


Louisiana plans to go after bank accounts, licenses of officials with pending ethics fines

New Orleans Times Picayune

The state plans to go after the bank accounts and state licenses of politicians, lobbyists and political organizations that owe more than $1.2 million in ethics fines, under a crackdown launched in response to a news investigation of Louisiana's campaign finance system.  Check out NCSL’s research on this topic.
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NCSL fiscal report shows cautious optimism for states

General fund revenue growth was notably strong and outpaced projections in most states. At the same time, expenditures were generally on target. The combination of these factors enabled many states to shore up reserves and support supplemental expenditures. Overall, the fiscal situation was solid in almost every state in FY 2013.

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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