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Subject: June 20: Supreme Court: Public employees protected from retaliation for testimony
Date: Fri Jun 20 14:46:51 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 20, 2014

Supreme Court rules public employees protected from retaliation for testifying
The Washington Post
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that public employees are protected from retaliation when they testify in court about misconduct they observed on the job, a decision important to millions of government workers.

N.Y. leaders reach deal on medical marijuana
The New York Times
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement on Thursday for a pilot program to provide access to marijuana to sick New Yorkers, making the state one of the largest to embrace the drug’s use as medicine.

Kansas Statehouse visitors could soon bring guns
Wichita Eagle
Visitors to the Kansas Statehouse will be able to bring a concealed handgun beginning July 1 if they have a permit, unless a committee of legislative leaders decides before then to keep the Capitol’s current security measures.

Conn. lawmakers in 13th year without raise
The Connecticut Mirror
While nearly a fifth of the nation’s state legislatures increased their salaries last year, Connecticut’s General Assembly members are in the midst of their 13th year without a pay raise.
NCSL research on legislator compensation.

Judge upholds Utah's Arizona-like immigration law
The Los Angeles Times
A federal judge issued a split ruling Wednesday on Utah's controversial immigration law passed in 2011.

Cities battle states for right to raise minimum wage
Associated Press
The economic differences between America's big cities and elsewhere have prompted leaders in Seattle, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and other cities to push to raise the minimum wage within their borders. NCSL data cited.
NCSL's state minimum wage chart.
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