To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: May 15: Feds will speed permits for roads, bridges
Date: Thu May 15 14:49:56 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 15, 2014

Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he would cut red tape for projects to build roads, bridges and other major projects, part of a broader effort to prod Congress toward replenishing the nation's dwindling highway trust fund.

Calif. bill to ban plastic bags advances
Associated Press
A bill to make California the first in the nation to impose a statewide ban on plastic bags at certain retailers passed a key legislative committee on Wednesday, but the legislation faces staunch opposition from bag manufacturers working to stem a flood of local bans meant to end clutter in landfills and beaches.
NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state paper and plastic bag legislation

Give us our seeds: Ky. sues DEA to get its hemp
Louisville Courier Journal
Kentucky's Agriculture Department filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking release of imported hemp seeds that the federal government has detained. NCSL data cited;
NCSL research on industrial hemp statutes


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Judge halts Illinois pension reform law
Chicago Tribune
State workers and retirees can breathe a sigh of relief — at least for a while — after a judge on Wednesday delayed the start of a far-reaching overhaul of their pensions until it can be determined whether the measure passes legal muster.

Six incumbents fall in W. Va. primaries
Five incumbent statehouse Democrats and one Republican delegate fell to challengers from their own parties in Tuesday's primaries.
'Kill switch' on smartphones is law in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota has become the first state in the nation to require smartphones to carry a so-called kill switch that will disable the devices remotely if they are lost or stolen.
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Webinar May 19: Teaming up to feed hungry kids
Twenty-one million children rely on free and reduced school meals during the academic year. Only one out of six of these kids participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
'In writing' may not be what it seems
In this case, the Supreme Court will decide whether a letter denying a cell tower construction application that doesn’t explain the reasons for the denial meets the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) “in writing” requirement.
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