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  • July 10, 2014

TN: Feds give Tennessee 10 days to address ACA failures

The federal director of Medicaid programs has put Tennessee on notice that it has failed to provide services for people as required by the Affordable Care Act and is giving the state 10 days to submit a correction plan. 

 

IL: Topinka says Illinois will be plagued by '$2 billion collapse'

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is warning of "a $2 billion collapse" next year when the state's temporary income tax increase begins to roll back.

 

OH: Battle to be Ohio’s House speaker reflects GOP divisions

Republican Party fissures are showing up in the race to be Ohio’s House speaker, one of the three most powerful elected officials in state government.

 

WV: Transgender women claim humiliation at W.Va. DMV offices

Acting DMV Commissioner Steve Dale said state law prohibits the DMV from photographing people as female for their driver’s licenses if they still are biologically males.

 

PA: Pa. Senate action delays Philly cigarette tax passage

Like a slow, grueling tennis volley, the state Senate bounced the proposed Philadelphia cigarette tax intended to aid city schools back to the House yesterday, holding up millions of dollars for the distressed district indefinitely.

 

NJ: N.J. rushes to change bail guidelines

New Jersey lawmakers are racing to draft a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the right to bail for certain defendants as part of a broader effort to improve the state's criminal justice system.

 

MD: Hogan accepts public financing

Republican Larry Hogan will pay for his bid for governor with public financing, the first candidate to mount a statewide general election bid on taxpayer dollars in two decades.

 

WA: Legal pot stores open to joyous shoppers

Tuesday was all about people celebrating and marking history as they purchased marijuana at Washington state’s first retail stores legally selling recreational pot.

 

TX: Some worry traffic issues will stem Texas' growth

The population of Texas could nearly double by 2050, prompting some to worry that not enough is being done to avoid a future traffic nightmare and the drag on the economy that could come with it

 

LA: Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for public corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, is the first New Orleans mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.

 

AZ: Pension trust ends illegal raises

The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System on Wednesday halted illegal pay raises of up to 27 percent that were improperly authorized late last year for five investment-staff employees.

 

UT: Utah appealing gay-marriage case directly to Supreme Court

Utah will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a federal appeals court’s ruling that upheld same-sex marriage, calling state bans on such unions unconstitutional.

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