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Florida has become the first state to create a Medicaid healthcare plan specifically designed for individuals with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  The plan is an effort to unite behavioral and physical health care insurance plans under a managed care model.
Governor Pat Quinn has signed a question to be placed on the November ballot on whether employers should be required to pay for birth control under their prescription drug plans.  Following the Supreme Court’s decision exempting closely held for-profit businesses with religious exemptions, Gov. Quinn stated it as important to provide individuals with the care they need while also maintaining the progress women’s reproductive rights have made.
Members of civil rights organizations are requesting a federal judge deny impending changes to the voting laws in North Carolina that would shortened the early voting period, end preregistration for 16 and 17 year-olds, and end same-day registration.  These groups argue that the changes will negatively impact certain classes of voters, including African Americans, the elderly, and youth.
More and more states are passing laws that prevent an employer from requesting login information and passwords from their employees on their social media and email accounts.  The push comes from privacy and civil liberties organization who argue the requests infringe on employee privacy rights.
A coalition of groups, including the National Conference of State Legislatures, called on Congress to fund the Highway Trust Fund before recess, noting huge infrastructure issues plaguing the states.   In its letter, the group urged Congress to come up with a long-term solution to address the lack of federal funding to repair the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems.
New York and North Carolina became the most recent states to legalize medical marijuana for patients.  New York’s Compassionate Care law will provide for the use of marijuana, through specified methods, for those with epilepsy, cancer, and AIDS.  North Carolina’s medical marijuana bill allows for the use of marijuana oil for the treatment of epileptic children.
An Arizona appeals court blocked Governor Jan Brewer’s order to deny young immigrants licenses.  The policy order would have prevented young immigrants who had been authorized to work in the United States and had avoided deportation, from getting driver’s licenses.  The court held that denying immigrants, who were shielded by President Obama’s 2012 administrative orders, would be unequal treatment by the state. 
Missouri is seeing a bigger decline in its Medicaid rolls than nearly any other state, a ranking that the administration of Gov. Jay Nixon attributes to an improving economy and critics blame on application snafus.
The U.S. power sector will need to emit 30 percent less carbon dioxide by 2030 than it did in 2005, according to new federal regulations - the centerpiece of the President Barack Obama administration's climate change strategy - to be unveiled.
The District’s bid to win more spending freedom from Congress through a ballot referendum is not legally permissible, a federal judge ruled, dealing a setback to officials who argued that voters had the power to amend the city’s charter and change its relationship with overseers on Capitol Hill.
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