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  • Proposal would add 'vaping' to Wisconsin's indoor smoking ban | Associated Press
    Lawmakers are set to reignite conversations this week about whether vaping — using electronic cigarettes and other vapor smoking devices — should be included in Wisconsin's smoking ban.
  • Many African-Americans fall into health coverage gap | Stateline
    Fifty five percent of all African-Americans reside in the 23 states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA. By comparison, 42 percent of whites, 38 percent of Latinos and 23 percent of Asians live in nonexpansion states, according to the Urban Institute. 
  • Vermont cites progress in opiate fight | Burlington Free Press
    A year after Vermont grabbed national headlines when Gov. Peter Shumlin in his State of the State speech made fighting heroin and opiate abuse a priority, the state is treating 47 percent more patients, waiting lists for treatment have declined and distribution of an anti-overdose drug has saved 133 lives.
  • State investigation: Many Ohio charter schools overstated attendance |
    Several Ohio charter schools have far fewer students showing up to class than they report to the state, according to a state auditor's investigation.
  • Colorado governor: 'Jury's still out' on legal marijuana | The Washington Post
    Other states considering legalizing marijuana for recreational use should “probably” wait a few years to see how it plays out in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a CNBC interview.
  • New Mexico voter ID debate takes high tech turn | Associated Press
    Senate Minority Whip William Payne introduced a proposal this week that calls for the state's top elections officials to study the feasibility of bringing biometrics into the mix. That could mean anything from retinal scans to the thumbprint-imaging technology used to access smartphones.


  • Juvenile justice legislation: State juvenile justice legislation in 2014 focused on a juvenile’s right to counsel, changing waiver and transfer laws, raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, juvenile life sentences, status offenses and the sealing and expungement of records.



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