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  • October 06, 2015

CA: California assisted-suicide bill becomes law

latimes.com

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill allowing California physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients. Four other states—Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—also permit assisted suicide.

US: US, states finalize settlement with BP over gulf oil spill

nytimes.com

The U.S. Justice Department and five states—Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas—finalized a settlement worth more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

IL: Illinois drops testing for sexually transmitted diseases

chicagotribune.com

The Illinois Department of Public Health will no longer provide testing of sexually transmitted infections for dozens of county health departments and other facilities, saying resources must be shifted to more complicated testing to identify disease outbreaks and biological threats.

KS: Kansas prepares to open universities to guns

kansas.com

As the nation mourns those killed in last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college, Kansas universities are preparing to implement a state law that will allow most people to carry concealed firearms without a permit on campus.

NJ: New Jersey lawmakers advance tax break legislation for ‘A-list’ performers

nj.com

A Senate committee advanced legislation that would give top entertainers a break in New Jersey income taxes if they perform at least four shows a year in struggling Atlantic City. Supporters of the bill say it would give the tourist city an economic boost.

WV: West Virginia sues Volkswagen over emissions

wvgazettemail.com

Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed suit against Volkswagen, asking that the German auto company be forced to provide West Virginia consumers a refund for cheating U.S. emissions tests. He also seeks penalties of $5,000 per violation for the 2,684 VW diesel vehicles registered in the state.

OH: State seizes five tigers in Ohio

dispatch.com

State officials removed five tigers from an animal shelter in central Ohio, saying the owner had failed to comply with state requirements that ban the ownership and sale of certain exotic animals without a special permit.

AK: Alaska police get body cameras

adn.com

Police departments across Alaska are starting to equip officers with video cameras. The state also plans to outfit all 400 state and wildlife troopers with cameras.

NH: New Hampshire to look at taxing fuel-efficient vehicles

unionleader.com

A state commission studying alternatives to the gasoline tax to pay for highway repairs in New Hampshire will examine a proposal that targets all fuel-efficient vehicles, which pay little or no gas tax.

OK: Oklahoma soon to allow online voter registration

news9.com

Oklahoma will join two dozen other states on Nov. 1 in allowing online registration, though there’s no guarantee it will be ready in time for the 2016 elections.

WY: Wyoming lawmakers recommend startup subsidies

trib.com

A joint legislative committee recommended the state provide up to $250,000 in matching funds for technology-based startups, with the provision that the products or ideas could return economic benefit to Wyoming’s economy.

LA: Will Louisiana residents need extra ID to fly next year?

nola.com

Without an exemption, Louisiana residents could find their state driver's license will not be accepted to board flights as early as next year. The federal government has stopped accepting licenses from Louisiana, New Hampshire, Minnesota and New York as ID to enter 217 federal buildings because they do not comply with the REAL ID law.

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