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  • May 29, 2015

NC: North Carolina’s McCrory says he’ll veto religious refusal bill


Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said he would veto a bill that would allow North Carolina magistrates to opt out of performing marriages by claiming a religious objection. The measure also would protect those who oppose same-sex weddings from losing their jobs.

NJ: New Jersey’s Christie turns away from Common Core


Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Common Core education standards aren’t working and announced a new study of the academic measurements with an eye on changing them. However, he stood by new tests tied to Common Core, the most controversial part of the standards in New Jersey.

KY: GOP outcome unchanged in Kentucky gubernatorial race


Businessman Matt Bevin appears to be the Republican nominee for governor after a re-canvass of Kentucky’s voting machines showed he eked out an 83-vote victory over Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in last week's primary election.

TX: Texas governor signs pre-K bill considered top priority


The law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott creates a grant program that could dole out up to $1,500 per child to eligible school districts that agree to bolster pre-K programs geared toward students from low-income, non-English-speaking, foster and military families.

ME: Maine Senate votes for permit-free concealed handguns


Maine is a step closer to allowing residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit following a decisive vote in the Senate, foreshadowing a similar outcome in the state House. At present, six states allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring a permit.

IL: Illinois Senate rejects limiting big payouts in lawsuits


Senate Democrats shot down Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to limit multimillion-dollar legal judgments by restricting venue-shopping, medical expense calculations and allowing defendants to spread their liability to other parties.

KS: Court ruling could mean millions in lost revenue for Kansas


A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could mean Kansas must offer full tax credits to thousands of its residents who pay the earnings tax in Kansas City, Missouri.. That could subtract $35 million in revenue from the state, which already is struggling with a $400 million budget shortfall.

LA: Louisiana equal pay measure dies in House committee


Louisiana legislators approved an equal pay measure in 2013, but its reach was limited to state government employees. This year’s proposal, which the Senate had approved, would have expanded equal pay protection to local government as well as private businesses with 50 or more employees.

OH: Ohio House nixes increased spending on buses, trains


Majority House Republicans opposed increasing the state's $7.3 million annual contribution to public transit in Ohio, where annual transit spending by the state has dropped sharply in recent years and is among the lowest rates in the nation.

WI: Walker says he would sign repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage


Republican Gov. Scott Walker said that if the legislature passes it, he would sign a measure to repeal Wisconsin’s law that requires prevailing union-scale wages be paid to workers on public construction projects.