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Subject: May 16: Oregon county's GMO measure draws big money, raises questions about local control
Date: Fri May 16 14:45:10 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 16, 2014

Oregon county's GMO measure draws big money
Portland Oregonian
The largest checks pouring into Oregon campaigns for the May 20 primary election aren’t for a legislative or Portland-area race but a contentious measure in Jackson County that would ban most genetically engineered crops.

Ohio bill would require vaccines for kids in day care
Ohio children would be required to be immunized against certain diseases to attend licensed day care and preschool under bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday.

Indiana governor proposes Medicaid alternative
The Indianapolis Star
Mike Pence was very clear Thursday. Although Indiana's Republican governor proposed a way of accessing billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid in Indiana, he's still opposed to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and thinks it should be repealed.

Lawmakers consider bills on Detroit bankruptcy
Detroit Free Press
Compromises on the state’s plan to help the City of Detroit settle its historic bankruptcy are in the works to address concerns from both the city and the unions that represent its employees.

Minn. lawmakers strike medical marijuana deal
Associated Press
Minnesota lawmakers struck a deal Thursday to legalize medical marijuana, handing a major victory to severely ill children and adults whose emotional appeals for help propelled a major policy change that once appeared dead for the session. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on medical marijuana laws.

R.I. panel OKs ban on hand-held phones while driving
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Talking on hand-held cellphones while driving may be common practice for some people, but a bill passed Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee would add Rhode Island to a growing list of states that have made it illegal. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on distracted driving
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Transportation infrastructure begins taking center stage
With the summer construction season set to begin, congressional transportation leaders recently made two announcements regarding the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
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