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Subject: April 1: Fewer helmets = more motorcycle deaths
Date: Wed Apr 02 14:49:53 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  April 2, 2014

Fewer helmets = more motorcycle deaths
The New York Times
More states are being pressured to repeal their universal motorcycle helmet laws. But when those laws are changed, the number of fatalities starts to rise immediately. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on motorcycle helmet laws and fatality rates.

Court rules Florida's voter purge broke federal law
The Miami Herald
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration violated federal law by trying to remove non-citizens from the voter rolls too close to the 2012 presidential election, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in calling the mistake-prone effort “far from perfect.”
NCSL research on voter list accuracy.

Washington bill aims to help prevent suicides
Auburn Reporter
The new law would extend suicide risk assessment, management and treatment training requirements to doctors and nurses working in primary care settings. It also calls for Washington's Department of Health to develop a state plan to reduce lives lost to suicide across age groups.

Minn. drone bills appear grounded for this year
Minnesota Public Radio
Bills to restrict drone use — from a broad ban on the use of unmanned aircraft, to specific restrictions on law enforcement use — and provide privacy protection have stalled in committee. Key lawmakers say they're already looking ahead to next year.
NCSL research on drones legislation.

Report: S.D. Indian casino revenues up 14% in 2012
Associated Press
South Dakota's Native American-owned casinos had among the fastest revenue growth nationwide in 2012, according to a report that also found spending nationally at tribal casinos slowed that year.

Online voter registration coming to Neb. in 2015
Omaha World Herald
The new law, which also allows voters to update their registrations, is the latest in an ongoing effort by Secretary of State John Gale to make voter registration more convenient and efficient.
NCSL resources on online voter registration

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Vermont: A haven for indie-pols
Democrats and Republicans have an overwhelming grip on most U.S. legislatures. Of the 535 voting members of the U.S. Congress, just two—Maine Senator Angus King and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (pictured)—are independents and zero identify primarily with a third party.
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