To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: June 27: States' apps target health and safety
Date: Fri Jun 27 15:11:25 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 27, 2014

States' apps target health and safety
The ReadyNC app, launched by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety shortly before last January’s storm, is one of a growing number of state apps designed to protect citizens’ public health or safety, instead of just targeting tourism, recreation or licensing requirements.
NCSL research on mobile apps and websites

Project could solve mystery of Alabama's first capitol
Associated Press
The exact final resting place of Alabama's first capital is still in question, and modern technology is being used to solve the lingering mystery.

Mass. governor, lawmakers explore fixes to abortion clinic buffer zone law
Massachusetts' political leaders say they plan to craft a legislative fix to protect women's rights outside abortion clinics within the limits set out by the U.S. Supreme Court.

N.C. lawmakers pass limited medical marijuana use
North Carolina is on the verge of joining the wave of states to approve a form of medical marijuana as lawmakers voted to allow its limited use for treating seizures.

NCSL research on state medical marijuana laws.

Calif. lawmakers repeal glove law for food handlers
The Los Angeles Times
California lawmakers have pulled an about-face on a controversial change to the state's health code that bans restaurant workers from touching food with their bare hands and requires chefs and bartenders to wear gloves.
NCSL LegisBrief on preventing food-borne illness.

Ohio delays new requirements for jobless benefits
Associated Press
The state says it’s delaying the enforcement of new regulations that require Ohioans to do more to get unemployment benefits.
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States cracking the code of health costs
State-run public employee health programs, new insurance and payment initiatives and health exchanges provide opportunities for innovation and experimentation to tame health costs. Hear what’s new and what’s working in a session at the NCSL Legislative Summit.
Can you hear me now? Supreme Court rules on cell phones
Justice John Robert’s 28-page opinion in Riley v. California, discussing encryption, apps, and cloud computing, reads like a primer on how cell phones work. The court held unanimously that, generally, police must first obtain a warrant before searching an arrested person’s cellphone.
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