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Maine Introduces Mid-Level Dental Providers to Increase Access to Care

Maine will join Alaska and Minnesota as the first states to have mid-level dental providers, similar to physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the medical field.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Legislative Prayer

Justice Anthony Kennedy is better known for his rhetorical flair that his practical guidance. But his 5-4 opinion Monday in Town of Greece v. Galloway provides a roadmap for how state legislatures and local governments can stay out of trouble when beginning sessions and board meetings with a prayer.

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Minnesota legislature moves quickly to keep online registration open

Minnesota’s online voter registration website never missed a beat last week thanks to the swift passage of a bill that defined the Legislature as the proper authority for setting state elections policy.

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Supreme Court Sides With Downwind States

Usually it is pretty clear whether a U.S. Supreme Court case is a winner or a loser for the states.  But in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation victory or defeat depends on what state you are from. 

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States Waiting for WIPP to be Back in Business

The future storage of radioactive materials from the nation’s cold-war nuclear weapons production program to an underground storage site in southeast New Mexico is on hold. States wait—and wonder when the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, will be back in business.

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How Does Your State Stack Up In Health Care Rankings?

Five states—Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii—are the nation’s pacesetters for access to health care, the quality of services and lowering costs, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance.

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Checking in on State Budgets

With two months left in the fiscal year for most states, May 1 marks the perfect opportunity to check in on the status of state budgets. As of today, 31 states have enacted budgets for FY 2015.

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Mass. Senator Moore Testifies Against Curtailing Chemical Regulation

Senator Michael Moore (D-Mass.) braved the dreary D.C. weather Tuesday morning to support state authority during his testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Chairman John Shimkus’ (R-Ill.) proposed Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA).

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Getting the Balance Right on Rooftop Solar

Net metering is a hot topic this year. State lawmakers, utility officials and renewable energy advocates are discussing how small-scale renewable energy generation is both challenging and changing the face of the electricity market.

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What Can We Expect From Congress For the Rest of 2014?

Across the country, state legislators are wrapping up productive sessions where they debated key issues, passed thousands of bills, and approved balanced budgets. Yet, in Washington, a lot remains on the table.

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