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Subject: April 11: Balancing privacy, jobs in drone debate | Warning labels on soda?
Date: Fri Apr 11 14:40:29 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  April 11, 2014

Balancing privacy, jobs in drone debate
Most states are wrestling with how to restrict the nascent domestic drone industry. North Dakota is embracing it.
NCSL research on unmanned aerial systems legislation.

Calif. bill to put warning labels on sodas advances
Contra Costa Times
Sen. Bill Monning's efforts to slap a warning label on soft drinks and other sugary beverages cleared its first legislative test Wednesday.

Maine governor vetoes Medicaid expansion bill
Portland Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have expanded MaineCare coverage to more than 60,000 low-income Mainers.

NCSL's research on Affordable Care Act and Medicaid

Oregon task force to take on GMOs
Salem Statesman Journal
Six months after Oregon banned cities and counties from regulating genetically modified crops and seeds, a governor-appointed task force will take a statewide look at the issue.

Minnesota considers ending lawmakers' immunity
Associated Press
A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still on the books for Congress and most state legislatures. NCSL research cited

Idaho governor signs 'patent troll' law
Idaho Statesman
Idaho companies’ defense against frivolous patent infringement lawsuits was bolstered Tuesday when Gov. Butch Otter signed a new law.

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