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Subject: June 13: Common Core sparks flood of legislation
Date: Fri Jun 13 14:38:11 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 13, 2014

Common Core sparks flood of legislation
As of May 15, lawmakers introduced over 340 bills in 46 states—every state that had had a regular legislative session this year— that addressed college- and career-readiness education standards, including the Common Core. NCSL's Michelle Exstrom quoted.

NCSL research on Common Core standards

Mass. poised to be pacesetter for minimum wage
Boston Globe
Massachusetts lawmakers are on the brink of approving the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation.
 NCSL research on state minimum wages.

Chasing the heroin resurgence
The resurgence of the deadly drug has sparked a flurry of action from governors' mansions and statehouses across New England and the Midwest to small-town police stations from northern Kentucky to Wisconsin.
NCSL research on drug overdose 'good samaritan' laws

R.I. Senate panel votes to abolish 'straight-ticket' voting
Providence Journal
The days of casting a vote in Rhode Island with a single stroke of a pen appear to be headed to an end — but one that will come later than originally anticipated. NCSL research cited.
NCSL research on straight-ticket voting

Maine program could be model to ease VA backlogs
Portland Press Herald
As policymakers in Washington look to solve the crisis of backlogged patients at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, health care leaders and politicians in Maine point to a small program that could serve as a model for reducing wait times.

Trade groups sue Vermont over GMO labeling law
Burlington Free Press
Four national organizations whose members would be affected by Vermont's new labeling law for genetically engineered foods filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court challenging the measure's constitutionality.
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