Source: Washington Post | New Jersey |
June 6, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday announced he will appoint state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa to the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. A new senator will be elected Oct. 16.
With insurers on the health exchanges no longer allowed to use underwriting rules like policyholder's weight, blood pressure, medical history and physical fitness, geography will now be the primary factor used to set prices.
Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill into law requiring that doctors performing an abortion offer emergency medical care if the baby is somehow born alive. Florida becomes the 29th state to enact this kind of legislation.
Source: Des Moines Register | Iowa City |
June 6, 2013
The Iowa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to ban drones, automated traffic cameras and license-plate readers. That comes after thousands of local residents signed a petition calling for such a ban.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) seemed to be spoiling for his next big fight with the federal government, announcing Wednesday morning that the Internal Revenue Service was refusing to pay $125 million owed to Virginia, possibly in retaliation for his legal battles with the Obama administration.
Gov. John Hickenlooper didn't use his veto pen on any of the 441 bills sent to him by the legislature, but he said that had nothing to do with the fact that his fellow Democrats in 2012 won control of both the Senate and the House.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.