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Subject: April 21: Tipped workers also get a raise
Date: Mon Apr 21 14:53:41 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  April 21, 2014

Tipped workers also get a raise
Minnesota is one of five states (along with Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia) plus the District of Columbia to increase its hourly wage floor this year, and in four of them tipped workers also will get a raise, reflecting concern for a category of workers who are often overlooked.
NCSL's minimum wage database.

Helmet advocates point to rising Florida death toll
Tampa Bay Times
Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws are at the end of the road in Florida, despite a sharp rise in cycling deaths. Florida repealed its helmet law in 2000, and virtually no one in Tallahassee is talking about bringing it back. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on helmet laws and fatality rates.

Michigan bill would make it easier to keep road kill
Grand Haven Tribune
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is sponsoring a bill to simplify the road kill claiming process and allow more people to keep dead animals for food, bait or pelts. It unanimously passed the Senate last month. NCSL research cited.

Death penalty stays on books in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Union Leader
In an emotionally charged chamber with advocates on both sides watching, the Senate split 12-12 Thursday on repealing the death penalty which effectively kills the bill.

Arizona lawmakers pass Obamacare oversight bill
The Arizona Republic
Navigators and counselors who help Arizonans sign up for Affordable Care Act health insurance this fall must first pass a criminal background check and get licensed under a bill passed by the Arizona Legislature.

MIssouri may pass limited early voting
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri would make it easier for people to cast their votes before Election Day under legislation that cleared the House on a bipartisan vote Thursday. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on absentee and early voting
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The new economy of sharing

The sharing economy encompasses everything from ride-sharing to vacation rentals. Examine how states are providing customer protection and oversight for this burgeoning industry in a session at the NCSL Legislative Summit.
ACA outreach, enrollment not all on the states
Although we’re still awaiting final enrollment numbers, it is safe to say that Affordable Care Act enrollment experiences have varied significantly across states—regardless of who is running the health insurance exchange.
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