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Subject: Dec. 19: Are you getting phony phone bill charges?
Date: Thu Dec 19 16:05:02 MST 2013

NCSL TODAY brings you the latest news from the capitols.

TOP NEWS Dec. 19, 2013

States crack down on 'cramming' phone scams


States are stepping up efforts to help consumers who find mysterious, and usually bogus, charges on their phone bills.

NHTSA wants states to require ignition interlocks for first-time drunken drivers

Detroit News

Ahead of the holiday season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday urged all states to require first-time drunken driving offenders to use ignition interlocks that prevent them from operating their vehicles after drinking. Check out NCSL's research on this issue.

Owner of Victoria's Secret asked to make Ohio's image sexier

Akron Beacon Journal

Ohio, known for heavy industry, is turning for marketing help to the owner of a company known for lingerie.

A Medicaid bet in Wisconsin

The Wall Street Journal

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ever runs for president, expect him to talk about his "third way" for Medicaid—a plan that rejects part of President Barack Obama's health law while extending coverage to more poor in the state. Check out NCSL's research on this issue.

California lawmakers to consider doing away with special elections


A retired California lawmaker is proposing an alternative: empty seats would be filled by the governor, not voters. The state legislature could take up the issue next month.

Nebraska lawmaker vows to introduce Medicaid expansion bill

Omaha World Herald

State Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, the committee's chairwoman, said she intends to introduce an expansion bill early in the legislative session. She said she is working on ideas for the bill, which likely will involve a mix of public and private coverage similar to plans adopted by Iowa and Arkansas. Check out NCSL's research on this topic.



Database of state-tribal legislation

Every year numerous bills are considered by state legislatures that can affect tribal communities. These bills address a variety of issues including the environment, education, health care, taxes/revenue and education. View introduced, pending and enacted legislation for the current legislative session in this database.

Plugged In: NCSL's energy newsletter

The current edition of NCSL's energy newsletter includes items on state efforts to increase consumer demand for zero-emission vehicles, solar surcharges in Arizona, expanding wind farms in Minnesota and a national decline in carbon dioxide emissions.

NCSL database tracks child care, education bills

The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2013 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories. Issues include child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education. Legislation can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword.


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