To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: June 12: Should states raise their gasoline tax to fund roads?
Date: Thu Jun 12 14:47:28 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 12, 2014

High-octane gax tax debates and maneuvers fuel reform
Since 2013, six states and the District of Columbia passed legislation to raise or change their gas taxes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  New Hampshire is the first state to do so in 2014, and several more states, including Michigan, have pending legislation. NCSL data cited.

Some states roll back teacher tenure protections
Associated Press
Even before a judge's scathing ruling against California's teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states — and even removed altogether in some places. NCSL's Michelle Exstrom quoted.
 NCSL research on evaluating teachers.

Illinois voters could register on Election Day
Associated Press
From Election Day registration to more time to cast early ballots, Illinois voters could see fewer restrictions in November under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, is expected to sign into law. NCSL data cited.

NCSL research on Election Day registration.

Michigan petition drive for part-time legislature falls short
A ballot committee seeking to "restore Michigan's part-time Legislature" is suspending its 2014 petition drive but hopes to revive the push for 2016. NCSL research cited.

Connecticut to spend $800,000 to fix Capitol skylights
The Hartford Courant
The State Capitol's beautiful stained-glass skylights, which have been falling apart for years, are finally getting repaired at an estimated cost of $800,000.

Should companies be forced to admit when they've been hacked?
The lack of security breach data makes it difficult to accurately quantify the costs and risks of cybercrime for analysts, which then impacts businesses’ ability to engage in risk management and customers’ ability to understand the safety of their data. NCSL's Pam Greenberg quoted.
NCSL research on state security breach notification laws.
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Food safety webinar Friday
Satisfy your appetite for knowledge by tuning into NCSL’s webinar, “An Introduction to Food Safety,” at 1 p.m. (ET) Friday. Hear experts from the CDC, local government and industry explore the nation’s food safety system, how it works, and what happens when it fails.
Elections technology CliffsNotes
We had the chance to go to a cool event in Denver last week. Academics, administrators and voting system testing experts (the techies that make sure our voting machines are working as they should) gathered. We, from NCSL, were a bit out of our element—or so we initially thought.
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