To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: May 30: Increasing pushback on Common Core | Common ground on election reform
Date: Fri May 30 14:39:41 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 30, 2014

Common Core facing new wave of opposition
The New York Times
Opposition to the Common Core, a set of reading and math standards for elementary, middle and high school students that were originally adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, has gathered momentum among state lawmakers in recent weeks.
NCSL research on Common Core
States finding common ground on election reform
After nearly five years of partisan feuds over state elections laws, there are growing signs that lawmakers are finding common ground on both sides of the aisle, in blue and red states alike. NCSL's Wendy Underhill quoted.
NCSL's election resources

California Senate votes to increase minimum wage
The Los Angeles Times
The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would gradually raise the minimum wage in California from the current $8 an hour to $13 in 2017, despite warnings from the California Chamber of Commerce that the bill is a “job killer.”
NCSL's state minimum wage chart

S.C. expands brewery sales, OKs alcohol on Election Day
The State
South Carolina drinkers are closer to being able to buy more beer at breweries and purchase liquor on Election Day, but they likely will not be able to get powdered alcohol for at least a year.

Ohio governor will sign green energy pullback bill
The Columbus Dispatch
Gov. John Kasich plans to sign a controversial pullback on renewable-energy rules that passed the Ohio House yesterday.
NCSL research on state renewable portfolio standards

FDA announces stricter rules on tanning beds
The New York Times
The agency said that it would require manufacturers to put a black-box warning — one of its sternest — on the devices stating that they should not be used by anyone under the age of 18, but stopped short of banning their use by minors.
NCSL research on indoor tanning laws and regulations

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Spurring job growth
Learn how small businesses can partner with your state to improve the jobs outlook in a session at the Legislative Summit, Aug. 19-22 in Minneapolis.
State health reform bills reveal 2014 patterns
Health reform insurance enrollment has closed for most coverage in 2014, but many policy decisions remain for states to consider throughout this year.

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