State lawmakers tackle public health issues
Four years into implementing the Affordable Care Act, state politicians turned their attention to other pressing health care issues such as preventing drug overdose deaths, limiting e-cigarettes and making medical marijuana more available. NCSL data cited.
GOP gains control of Virginia Senate, Democrats yield on Medicaid impasse
The Washington Post
Virginia Republicans snatched control of the state Senate on Monday, immediately ending a budget stalemate by pushing Democrats to agree to pass a spending plan without Medicaid expansion, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s top priority.
Vermont to raise minimum wage to $10.50
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Monday signed a law that will raise the state's minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by 2018, higher than any other U.S. state. NCSL data cited.
NCSL's state minimum wage chart.
Penn. pro-Tesla bill draws ire of other automakers
The Wall Street Journal
The trade group that represents most of the big auto makers in the U.S. is for the first time weighing in on the running dispute between Tesla Motors Inc. and franchised auto dealers, urging Pennsylvania lawmakers not to give the Silicon Valley car maker a way to avoid state franchise laws that control retailing operations.
Kansas teachers union plans suit over school funding bill
The state’s largest teachers union announced plans to file a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court this month against a controversial education bill, but officials were tight-lipped about the lawsuit’s details at a news conference Monday.
Battle over fracking threatens Colorado Democrats
The New York Times
An impassioned national debate over the oil-production technique known as fracking is edging toward the ballot box in Colorado, opening an election-year rift between moderate, energy-friendly Democrats and environmentalists who want to rein in drilling or give local communities the power to outlaw it altogether.