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  • July 29, 2015

US: Congress decides on interim fix to keep highway dollars flowing to the states

ap.org

U.S. House and Senate leaders have agreed to a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit money flowing to the states beyond the Friday cutoff. The agreement extends the federal highway program through Oct. 29, while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term fix.

US: EPA will ease deadlines on pollution rule to help states comply

washingtonpost.com

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to give states an additional two years to comply with proposed regulations that will require dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution from power plants starting in 2022.

WA: Washington governor acts unilaterally to cap emissions

seattletimes.com

Citing inaction by the Washington Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee moved to cap and cut carbon emissions through stepped-up enforcement of greenhouse-gas-reduction targets that have been in state law since 2008.

CA: Los Angeles City Council bans large-capacity ammunition magazines

latimes.com

City lawmakers voted unanimously to ban the possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, arguing the ban was a step to minimize the bloodshed in mass shootings by forcing attackers to at least interrupt their rampages to reload.

WI:  Wisconsin Assembly gives final approval to basketball arena deal

jsonline.com

The Wisconsin Assembly approved spending $250 million in public money to help finance a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team. The expenditure, already approved by the Wisconsin Senate, goes to Republican Gov. Scott Walker to sign off on.

FL: Florida leads nation in property exposed to flooding with climate change, report says

miamiherald.com

In just 15 years, $69 billion in coastal Florida property could become at risk of flooding at high tide, according to a research project co-chaired by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

NJ: New Jersey buying body cameras for state, local police

njonline.com

The state plans to spend $4 million to equip thousands of New Jersey state troopers and local police officers with body cameras. New Jersey is among the first states with plans to put cameras on all state troopers.

PA: Thousands of children remain at risk of abuse in Pennsylvania

post-gazette.com

A record number of child abuse reports were made in Pennsylvania in 2014, and a new state report warns that a significant number of children remain vulnerable to abuse despite stepped-up efforts to investigate allegations.

LA: New Orleans tries new zoning to promote affordable housing

nola.com

As a real estate boom makes affordable housing increasingly hard to find in New Orleans, the city council is experimenting with new zoning strategies. The most recent step is to allow apartment developers to build on smaller lots in exchange for setting aside some units for low-income residents.

VT: Vermont growers: Keep recreational pot locally grown

burlingtonfreepress.com

Vermont marijuana growers urged state lawmakers to take a local approach to legalization of recreational marijuana next year when they begin crafting legislation to legalize recreational pot in the state.

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