To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: April 28: Battle looming over renewable energy | States challenge FDA on painkiller approval
Date: Mon Apr 28 14:41:21 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  April 28 2014

Battle looming over renewable energy
The Washington Post
A campaign to roll back environmental rules—despite its backing from powerful groups such as Americans for Prosperity—has run into a surprising roadblock: the growing political clout of renewable-energy interests, even in rock-ribbed Republican states such as Kansas.
NCSL research on renewable energy

States challenge FDA on painkiller approval
Notwithstanding a court order, Massachusetts and other states plan to restrict use of a new painkiller drug, setting up a showdown with the federal government over who gets to decide the best way to protect public health.

More states aim to protect hunting
The Wall Street Journal
For Don Knight, little compares to the adrenaline rush and camaraderie he feels heading out with friends to hunt rabbits, raccoons and deer in Alabama. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state constitutional right to hunt and fish

Wisc. bill sets rules for officer-involved deaths
Marshfield News Herald
Legislators in Wisconsin have passed what is likely the first statewide bill that requires police departments bring in investigators from outside their agencies when officer-involved deaths occur.

E-cigarettes take hold in Oklahoma
The New York Times
Around the country, there are an estimated 5,000 vape shops. But Oklahoma, with 6 percent of those shops and a little more than 1 percent of the United States population, has a disproportionate share. NCSL research cited.
NCSL research on e-cigarettes

Missouri considers dumping Common Core
Associated Press
Missouri could become the second state to drop new education benchmarks if lawmakers approve legislation to require the state to start the process of writing its own student performance standards. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on Common Core.
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Can states crack the code on health costs?
State-run employee health programs and new health exchanges provide opportunities for innovation and experimentation. Hear what’s new and what’s working in a session at the NCSL Legislative Summit.
Time to rewrite outdated traffic laws?
In the Heien v. North Carolina case, a police officer pulled over a car because he thought that North Carolina law required that motor vehicles have two working brake lights. It turns out the officer was wrong.
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