To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Aug. 5: Policing private contractors is challenge for states
Date: Tue Aug 05 14:46:24 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  Aug. 5, 2014

Policing private contractors is challenge for states
Many states have struggled to adequately oversee billions of dollars in contracts with companies — both for-profit and not-for-profit. Too often, states rush to tighten contracting laws or regulations only after a public controversy erupts or they’ve been slammed by auditors.

Last-minute compromise keeps fracking off Colorado ballot
The Denver Post
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday unveiled a delicately balanced compromise on local control of oil and gas drilling that will remove all the initiatives on the issue from the November ballot.

Nebraska lawmakers may seek direct oversight over prisons
Associated Press
Nebraska lawmakers are looking at ways to increase oversight of the state's troubled prison system, possibly by creating an independent watchdog position or by having the department answer to the Legislature.

Affordable housing draws middle class to inland cities
The New York Times
The country’s fastest-growing cities are now those where housing is more affordable than average, a decisive reversal from the early years of the millennium, when easy credit allowed cities to grow without regard to housing cost and when the fastest-growing cities had housing that was less affordable than the national average.

Rural hospitals dealing with recruiting challenges
Capital Journal
Hospitals and medical clinics in rural South Dakota experience many challenges when recruiting physicians but officials are able to focus on the benefits the state has to offer as they try to bring new doctors on board.

Texting bans can reduce teen fatalities, study finds
The Washington Post
Texting bans can reduce teen traffic fatalities by as much as 11 percent, according to a new study of the effect of such state laws. NCSL research cited.
NCSL data on distracted driving.
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New State Legislatures magazine now available online
Partisanship in legislatures, renovating capitols, pay for lawmakers, the challenging job of chief of staff, the costs of legislation and much more are explored this month.
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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