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TOP NEWS  Aug. 26, 2014

Packers, billionaires on Wisconsin unclaimed property list
Wisconsin State Journal
Judging by the state’s list of unclaimed property, a prominent bank in Green Bay can’t find the Green Bay Packers. That may be the most obvious of mysteriously elusive owners of nearly $440 million in cash being held in the state’s unclaimed property program.

Colorado judge won't strike down 'self-incriminating' pot tax
The Washington Post
A Colorado judge has ruled that consumers and sellers of recreational pot must continue to pay taxes, even if it puts them at risk of federal prosecution.

Missouri lawmakers plan Ferguson committee
Kansas City Star
The top-ranking official in the Missouri House says he plans to appoint a bipartisan committee to look into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the governor's response to it.

More Texas schools allow armed employees
The Wall Street Journal
More Texas public-school districts have adopted rules allowing employees to carry guns on campus in an effort to deter—or quickly respond to—shootings. Still, most schools have chosen not to arm their staff. NCSL research cited.

Plastic bag ban again fails in California
Ventura County Star
For the fifth time in seven years, the Legislature on Monday defeated a bill to implement a statewide ban on the plastic bags distributed by the billions in California grocery stores and pharmacies.
NCSL research on state paper and plastic bag legislation.

States with medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription overdose deaths
The Washington Post
States that allow medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription drug overdose deaths, a team of researchers finds in a newly released academic paper, suggesting that expanded access to marijuana, often used for its purported pain-alleviating qualities, could have unintended benefits.
NCSL research on state medical marijuana laws.
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2014 Legislative Summit Online Resources
Find links to 2014 Legislative Summit session resources, such as PowerPoints, handouts, audio and video recordings.
Another 'Term of the States' looms for Supreme Court
The next U.S. Supreme Court term could be “the term of the states” (again!) with the court possibly accepting a same-sex marriage ban case and a case involving a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy.
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