Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
February 8, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he wanted lawmakers to provide more funds to combat gambling addiction, toughen oversight of casino employees, revise the bill to collect more taxes and then he would sign the bill.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has not decided whether he will sign a bill barring state and local agencies from using drones for two years — the first legislation of its kind in the country that passed through the state’s General Assembly.
Source: Washington Post | Nation |
February 4, 2013
The proposal has rattled the wireless industry, which has launched a fierce lobbying effort against the idea, while Google, Microsoft and other tech giants say a free-for-all WiFi service would spark an explosion of innovations and devices.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Minnesota |
January 30, 2013
Amid the worst flu outbreak in years, a few Minnesota clinics have exhausted their vaccine supplies, prompting the state Health Department to launch an online exchange that matches clinics needing vaccine with those that have surpluses.
A recent change in how HHS plans to run a fund to cushion health plans with lots of high-cost customers is forcing states to rethink their own timetable for shifting some of the sickest people into the health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act.
The list of Chief Innovation Officers in public agencies is growing, as evidenced by appointments at the state and local levels -- Maryland, Massachusetts, San Francisco and Philadelphia, to name a few.
Source: Indianapolis Star | Indiana |
January 24, 2013
The law that bans sex offenders from using sites they know allow access to youths under the age of 18 is too broad, a three-judge federal appeals court determined, and “prohibits substantial protected speech.”
While many states offer tax incentives for people to purchase energy-efficient vehicles like hybrids and electric cars, lawmakers in several states have proposed levying special fees on owners of some such vehicles.
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.