Can entrepreneurs improve government?
A move is on to bring successful entrepreneurs into state agencies, city halls and economic development agencies to help stimulate business and job growth – and, important to many advocates, help bureaucracies become more creative, efficient and responsive to the public.
Colorado laws bolster aerial fire detection
The Denver Post
Colorado is embarking on a new aerial strategy to detect and snuff wildfires while they are small — the state's latest attempt to reduce danger to people and destruction of watersheds.
Calif. bills would ease licensing for immigrants
The Los Angeles Times
Denisse Rojas earned a biology degree from UC Berkeley and has set her sights on medical school. But one big obstacle stands in her way. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old.
La. tanning bed ban for minors goes to governor
Anyone under the age of 18 will be banned from using tanning beds in Louisiana, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that received final legislative passage. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state tanning laws
Alabama drunken boating laws to be stiffer
Under the new law, the punishment for boaters who kill or injure someone while driving under the influence will be roughly equivalent to the penalty for drunk-driving deaths.
Two North Dakota districts move to four-day week
Two rural school districts in North Dakota will be the first in the state to switch to a Monday through Thursday schedule this fall. NCSL data cited.