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OH: Ohio lawmakers approve protection orders for pets
Ohio is poised to become the 28th state to extend legal protection to dogs, cats and other pets caught up in domestic violence, stalking and other situations of alleged abuse.
GA: Leaders lay groundwork for transportation overhaul
Georgia Republicans are laying the groundwork for what could be a monumental effort to raise new revenue to fund transportation improvements, possibly by hiking taxes or imposing new fees.
WI: Woman plans to challenge fetal protection law
A pregnant Wisconsin woman who was jailed for refusing drug treatment is planning to file a federal lawsuit challenging the state's fetal protection law.
NC: Redistributing sales tax revenues will be on Legislature's agenda
A redistribution of local sales tax revenue to benefit poor counties is on the agenda for legislative leaders preparing for the session that begins in January.
WA: Colleges offer to freeze tuition in return for more state funding
Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities would agree to freeze tuition for another two years if the state Legislature increases college funding by 16 percent, the presidents of those institutions said Thursday.
LA: In light of executive order, Louisiana grapples with how to pay for rape exams
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has directed three state agencies to devise new policies that will allow hospitals to bill the state directly for the costs of gathering evidence from the bodies of rape victims. But there are two big questions policy makers and advocates are trying to figure out: How much is this going to cost Louisiana? And where will the money come from?
CA: Brown, legislature study ways to avoid UC, Cal State tuition hikes
The fate of the proposed tuition increase at University of California campuses now rests in the hands of the governor and state lawmakers, who are aligned in opposition to it but divided over how to scrap it.
KS: Governor defends using money for public pensions to cover budget shortfall
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback defended his decision to cut the state’s pension contribution to help fill a $279 million budget hole, saying it was a way to prevent cuts to education and Medicaid.
UT: Herbert seeks largest funding boost for schools in a quarter-century
Gov. Gary Herbert is proposing the biggest increase in per-pupil spending in 25 years, body cameras for all Utah Highway Patrol troopers and funding for his contentious Healthy Utah plan to help the poor buy medical insurance.
MI: Bills would make coercing woman to get abortion a crime
Trying to convince a woman to get an abortion against her will would become a crime under a pair of bills passed by the Senate Thursday.
TX: Lawmakers set $7 billion "floor" for Rainy Day Fund
The state’s savings account should hold at least $7 billion for the next three years to maintain the state’s high credit ratings and ensure the state is ready for an unforeseen emergency, a group of lawmakers decided.
CT: Poor households short on heating bills
Poor Connecticut households this winter will face about $784 million in energy bills above what they can afford, according to a new study by the non-profit organization Operation Fuel. The group also said the number of households unable to meet their winter energy bills now tops 305,000 – a 32 percent increase since 2011.