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TOP NEWS  Aug. 27, 2014

Small firms slow to embrace ACA business exchanges
Stateline
Only 2 percent of all eligible businesses have checked out so-called SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) exchanges in the 15 states where they have been available since last October under the Affordable Care Act. Even fewer purchased policies.


Fracking taxes help states now but what about the future?
Forbes
While things might be looking up for states, there are causes for concern because much of the increase in some states is driven by energy taxation, related to a boom in the fracking industry that won’t last forever. NCSL data cited.
State Legislatures magazine story on state tax revenue.


Illinois governor vetoes ride-share legislation
The Chicago Tribune
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday vetoed legislation that would have established statewide regulations on ride-sharing services that compete with taxis, saying he didn’t want to put in place a “one-size-fits-all approach” on an industry best regulated at the local level.

Washington's marijuana law actually two experiments in one
The Washington Post
As it establishes a new regulatory system for legal pot, Washington is also simultaneously setting up a system by which to measure it. In doing so, the state created two experiments, writes Philip Wallach, a Brookings Institution fellow in governance studies: One is in drug policy; the other is in how to measure its impact.

State-hired hunter kills wolf in Washington
Seattle Times
A wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by Washington, a state where the animals have been regaining a foothold in recent years after being hunted to extinction in the early 1900s.

North Dakota No. 1 (on pretty much everything)
The Washington Post
Out of more than 40 measures spanning not only attitudes about the economy, but also public affairs, the environment and the social climate, North Dakota topped the rankings nearly 40 percent of the time and was at or above average about half the time.
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NCSL launches initiative and referendum database
It may be difficult to track what legislators are doing with regards to initiative and referendums, but NCSL has released its new database on I&R legislation that will include 2014 and subsequent years.
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