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Subject: Aug. 1: Congress approves last-minute highway funding fix
Date: Fri Aug 01 14:48:02 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  Aug. 1, 2014

Congress approves last-minute highway funding fix but problem not solved
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Hours before the federal government was set to reduce payments to states for road and bridge projects, Congress approved a temporary fix Thursday that would maintain funding through the middle of next year.
NCSL data cited.

Wisconsin voter ID law upheld by state Supreme Court
Wisconsin’s requirement that voters present photo ID to cast ballots was upheld by the state’s highest court, putting it in conflict with a federal judge’s ruling that the measure is unconstitutional.
NCSL research on voter ID.
New coal mine restrictions start in Colorado
The Denver Post
Friday will see the first coal-dust-minimizing regulations in 45 years go into effect. The regulations will bring immediate, and controversial, changes in air sampling and monitoring and increased medical testing of miners.

Minn. minimum wage rises to $8
St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's the first of three annual increases that will push Minnesota's wage floor from $6.15 an hour -- among the lowest in the country -- to $9.50 -- the second highest in the country -- by 2016. Beginning in 2018, it will be indexed to inflation.

NCSL's state minimum wage chart.

Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug
Associated Press
Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.

Calif. high-speed rail wins big court victory
San Jose Mercury News
In a huge victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, a panel of appellate court judges Thursday gave its blessing to the state's bullet train funding plan, paving the way for California to sell $8.6 billion in bonds it needs to construct the controversial San Francisco-to-Los Angeles rail line.
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Policy directives and resolutions to be considered at Summit
Standing committees expect to consider a number of policy directives and resolutions during their meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 19, and Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Minneapolis. Policy directives or resolutions adopted by the committees will then be considered at the general business meeting scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22
N.C. takes closer look at child support incentive payments
A report ordered by a committee of the North Carolina General Assembly found that the state’s Child Support Services program ranks 24th among the 50 states in performance.
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