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  • April 21, 2015

WI: Wisconsin on verge of scrapping waiting period to buy handguns

madison.com

The Senate is taking up a proposal to eliminate Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases, despite a recent surge of gun violence in Milwaukee. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signaled his intentions to sign it into law.

US: Federal data-breach bill would replace dozens of stronger state laws

latimes.com

The proposed Data Security and Breach Notification Act would be the first federal rule requiring businesses to let consumers know their personal information may be hackers’ hands. But it would require notification only in instances of financial harm, not just when personal privacy is violated, which many states require.

WA: Pot prices down in Washington since legalization

seattletimes.com

The average gram of marijuana in the state’s system now goes for about $12 compared to $30 at peak prices last summer when stores opened. The state Liquor Control Board said the drop makes Washington’s legal market competitive with illegal purchases, which is part of the board’s mission.

KS: Kansas again lowers revenue expectations

kansas.com

Kansas lawmakers will need to find $400 million in tax increases or spending cuts to balance next year’s budget, according to the state’s budget director. The state lowered revenue projections for the next two years by about $200 million.

CT: Connecticut lawmakers clash on baseball stadium financing

courant.com

In dispute is whether the state should provide financial help to build a new stadium in Hartford, which would allow the AA minor league New Britain Rock Cats to move to the capital city.

CA: Court rules tiered water rates violate California’s constitution

mercurynews.com

In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation efforts, a state appeals court ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage saving was unconstitutional.

AL: Alabama to consider assisted suicide ban

al.com

Physician-assisted suicide is considered illegal under Alabama common law. But a lawmaker wants a law on the books to make it a felony because more than a dozen other states are considering so-called “death with dignity” laws.

LA: Principals push back against suspending Louisiana’s youngest students

theadvocate.com

Principals say a bill that would make it more difficult to suspend elementary school students intrudes on their decision-making. Last year, more than 7,400 students in the third grade or below were handed out-of-school suspensions in Louisiana.

MS: Mississippi to pay thousands of dollars to wrongfully convicted

clarionledger.com

The state will compensate more than a dozen people this year for being wrongfully convicted of crimes. Mississippi law provides $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, up to a maximum of $500,000. 

TX: Texas governor holds firm against Medicaid expansion

texastribune.org

Texas' reluctance to expand Medicaid may jeopardize a federal waiver worth $29 billion to the state’s hospitals. But Republican Gov. Greg Abbott insisted Monday that “Medicaid expansion is wrong for Texas.”

MN: Minnesota House Republicans detail $2 billion tax cut plan

mprnews.org

The tax cut package includes $538 million for a one-time income tax exemption, $450 million to begin phasing-out the statewide business property tax and other breaks. House Republicans say more than 2 million Minnesotans would see money back if the package is approved.

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