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Subject: June 19: Should terminal patients have right-to-try experimental drugs?
Date: Thu Jun 19 14:31:31 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  June 19, 2014

Right-to-try for the terminally ill
Withholding experimental drugs from the most gravely ill has fueled several states to pass so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would make these drugs available without Food and Drug Administration approval to terminally ill patients with no other options. 

N.C. tries one-time pay hike to retain state workers
Raleigh News & Observer
To retain workers in high-demand state government fields, a little-noticed fund provided pay raises this year to nearly 3,500 employees that totaled more than $7.5 million.

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Louisiana governor plans to get state out of Common Core
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his plans Wednesday to try and roll back Louisiana and the nation's largest educational change in a generation: the Common Core academic standards and a related standardized test.

NCSL research on Common Core state standards

Court to hear four same-sex marriage cases
Louisville Courier-Journal
The appellate court this week said it will hear arguments in gay marriage cases for Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee in a single session, paving the way for a decision on whether gay marriage is protected by the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.
NCSL research on same sex marriage laws.

Kentucky lawmakers look to limit drone surveillance
Cincinnati Enquirer
Northern Kentucky Republican state Rep. Diane St. Onge has re-introduced a bill she filed for the previous General Assembly session that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using drones to gather evidence without a warrant. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on unmanned aircraft system legislation

Immigrant driver licenses plunge in New Mexico
Associated Press
First-time driver's licenses issued to immigrants in the country illegally plunged by nearly a third in the past year despite no change in New Mexico's policy of granting driving privileges, records show.  NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on immigrant driver's licenses
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Intellectual disability ruling may cause laws to be rewritten
The Supreme Court has put nine states on notice that their death penalty statutes defining intellectual disability cannot have a rigid cut at a 70 or less IQ score. The decision also includes an explicit nod to similar choices by state legislatures. 
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