To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: May 12: Wisconsin's political wars generate record-breaking turnout
Date: Mon May 12 14:39:54 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 12, 2014

Partisan battles energize voters in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin's festival of discord mobilized people on a massive scale, generating one record-breaking turnout after another.

Rural hospitals feel pinch
The Wall Street Journal
Rural hospitals have long been under financial pressure from the rising cost of providing health care, the dwindling number of patients staying overnight and the shift of more profitable services like cardiac care to bigger medical centers.

Minn. bills aim to give women a better workplace
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Women’s Economic Security Act, comprised of nine separate pieces of legislation, won legislative approval last week with bipartisan support. It forces about 1,000 state contractors to certify that they pay men and women equally for similar jobs , extends parental leave from six to 12 weeks and requires employers to make new accommodations for expectant and new mothers.

States target bad-faith patent claims
Associated Press
Companies accused of abusing patent claims to seek fees and settlements are themselves becoming a target as states across the United States take aim against what some call "patent trolls."

Home Base Iowa bill will aid veterans
Associated Press
The bill exempts federal retirement pay received for military service and survivor benefits from state individual income tax. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on military and veterans affairs

Wyoming hopes to avoid renovation problems
Wyoming Tribune Eagle
Wyoming officials say they are aware of and planning for concerns that have affected other states' Capitol remodels as the state is set to begin one of the most expensive and ambitious construction projects in Wyoming’s history. NCSL's Kae Warnock quoted.
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How technology is changing agriculture
Since their introduction in 1996, genetically engineered crops have grown rapidly. But concern over the safety of these GMOs continues. Hear what experts from both sides of the debate have to say about this hot issue in a session at the NCSL Legislative Summit. 
Human trafficking legislation moves through Congress
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two bills on April 30 regarding anti-human trafficking legislation that have direct state impact. It is expected that these bills will be on the floor on the U.S. House of Representatives in mid-May for consideration.
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