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Subject: March 13: House panel considers Internet sales tax compromise | State map on equal pay
Date: Thu Mar 13 14:40:13 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  MARCH 13, 2014

House panel hears Internet sales tax compromise
The Los Angeles Times
Seeking to end the long-running battle over the collection of sales taxes for online purchases, the House Judiciary Committee debated possible compromises that included two ideas to tax Internet sales based on the retailer's home state, rather than the buyer's. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on e-fairness legislation

The gender pay gap by state
The Washington Post
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but women lag behind men on median salary in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new report out this week by the  American Association of University Women. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on equal pay legislation.

Lawmakers want to stop Christie's anti-Tesla rule
Newark Star-Ledger
Two top state lawmakers say they were caught off guard Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration’s sudden decision to stop allowing Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars directly to customers in New Jersey, and are considering a legislative remedy.

N.H. House votes to repeal death penalty
Associated Press
After two hours of often emotional debate, the New Hampshire House overwhelmingly passed a measure to repeal the state’s death penalty Wednesday after rejecting an amendment that would have spared the life of the state’s only convict on death row.
NCSL research on capital punishment.

Oregon will avoid food stamp cuts
Portland Oregonian
Gov. John Kitzhaber decided this week that Oregon will be the fourth state to avoid food stamp cuts included in the federal farm bill.

Marijuana oil bill passes Kentucky Senate
Louisville Courier-Journal
Lawmakers appear ready to make marijuana oil legal in Kentucky, after the Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make the controversial extract available to treat children with uncontrollable seizures.
NCSL research on medical marijuana laws.
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