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Subject: June 5: States open up data | Parents mobilize for student privacy
Date: Thu Jun 05 14:50:07 MDT 2014
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Strengthening States for 40 Years

TOP NEWS  June 5, 2014

Open data is open for business
At least 39 states and 46 cities and counties have created open-data sites since the federal government, Utah, California and the cities of San Francisco and Washington, D.C., began opening data in 2009, according to the federal site. NCSL data cited.
Big brother: Meet the parents
Moms and dads from across the political spectrum have mobilized into an unexpected political force in recent months to fight the data mining of their children. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on protecting student data privacy

N.C. to start test drilling for natural gas
The Charlotte Observer
Gov. Pat McCrory’s signing of major energy legislation into law Wednesday sets the stage for preliminary exploration of North Carolina’s shale gas potential, with the state government taking the lead where private industry has been reluctant to commit.

Supreme Court declines to halt same-sex marriage in Oregon
The  Oregonian
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block gay marriages in Oregon.
NCSL research on same-sex marriage.

Missouri moving presidential primary to March
Associated Press
Missouri is moving its presidential primary back a month to comply with national Republican and Democratic party guidelines that discourage most states from trying to jump to the front of the 2016 presidential selection process.

Five things to know about voter ID laws
U.S. News
New laws requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls were enforced in two Southern primaries on Tuesday, but with mixed results. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on voter ID.
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Watching out for pedestrians
To combat the rise in pedestrian injuries and fatalities and create more walkable communities, state legislatures have been toughening laws regarding the circumstances when a motorist must stop or yield to a pedestrian crossing at an uncontrolled crosswalk.
Maryland suit calls for new voting system
The National Federation of the Blind has claimed in its May 2014 lawsuit that Maryland is violating federal law by not approving a new voting system. The organization is asking a U.S. District Court to order the board to provide the system for the state’s June 24 primary election.
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