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Subject: April 4: States protest proposed online gambling ban
Date: Fri Apr 04 15:08:18 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  April 4, 2014

States protest proposed online gambling ban
The Hill
The National Conference of State Legislatures is protesting a plan in Congress to ban online gambling. In a letter to lawmakers on Thursday, the bipartisan group said the push would amount to the federal government usurping the role of the states to decide the legality of gambling online.
NCSL's letter opposing Restoration of America's Wire Act

Vermont restricting access to powerful painkillers
Associated Press
The state is restricting access to a new class of narcotic painkillers that law enforcement and public health officials across the country fear could worsen drug abuse, officials announced Thursday.
NCSL research on preventing prescription drug overdose

Minnesota bill to close gender pay gap advances
Minnesota women on average are paid 80 percent of wages men receive, and women who own businesses earn just 60 percent of male entrepreneurs. Bills to help close that gender pay gap are nearing votes in the Minnesota House and Senate.

State officials cite exchanges' technology issues
The New York Times
Officials from five states, on the defensive at a congressional hearing, said Thursday that their health insurance exchanges had been hobbled by technology problems like those that bedeviled the federal marketplace. But they said their states were recovering.
NCSL research on state actions to address health insurance exchanges.

Maryland lawmakers pass speed camera reform bill
The Baltimore Sun
The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation Thursday that will provide new protections for motorists from erroneous tickets and other speed camera abuses, sending the bill to the governor for his expected signature.
NCSL overview on automated enforcement.

Louisiana Senate kills bid to water down helmet law
Shreveport Times
The Senate Transportation Committee killed a proposal Thursday by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, that would have allowed people 21 and older to ride without a helmet if they complete a safety training course and hold a certain amount of liability insurance.. NCSL research cited.
NCSL research on motorcycle helmet laws and fatality rates.

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Nebraska, Georgia join online registration boom
Nebraska residents by 2015 will be able to register to vote online as the state became the 20th to embrace a paperless voter registration process. Georgia has launched a state website that allows its residents to register online.
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