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In response to the drought California has been facing for several months, Governor Jerry Brown has called for a 25% reduction in water use.  The governor has reached out to state agencies to assist with the project calling the reduction necessary.
Residents of Kansas can now carry a concealed firearm without the requirement of a training class, passing a background check or paying a licensing fee.  The new law also protects residents who wish to conceal carry a firearm in other states.  Kansas is just one of few states that allow residents to conceal carry without requiring a license.
Newly elected Arizona governor, Doug Ducey, has called for a review on the state’s English and Math standards in response to his concerns over Common Core.  The education standards have been criticized widely in many states and several states have undertaken reviewing the standards, with some going as far as to repeal them.
With the assistance of a grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Kansas will expand a job training program directed at food stamp recipients.  The goal of the program will be to provide recipients with training as well as job search opportunities.
Lawmakers in Alabama are trying to respond to the overgrowth of payday lenders in the state and their reach in mostly low-income communities.  Several of the businesses have moved into online markets in an attempt to subvert state laws.
Governor Andrew Cuomo in attempt to appease both sides of the aisle tied an education tax credit and the Dream Act together.  However, unable to receive support from Democrats for the tax credit or support from the Republicans for the Dream Act, he dropped both from discussions on the budget.
Free school bus service is not a constitutional right according to the Indiana Supreme Court.  In a class action suit brought by the parents of children in Franklin Township, the court ruled free bus service was not a part of the Framers’ intention of providing free public school education.
Oregon has become the first state to automatically register individuals to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles.  The DMV will take information from people and use it to register them to vote.
The state of Texas is suing the administration over paid leave benefits applied to same-sex couples, after a change to the Family and Medical Leave Act.  The change allows same-sex couples that are legally married to be eligible for leave, even if they live in a state that does not acknowledge same-sex marriages. 
Missouri Jay Nixon has thrown support to a work requirement for Medicaid recipients in an attempt to get the legislature to expand Medicaid.  Medicaid offices would direct those on Medicaid to career centers to find work.  Those who do not find jobs would have to deal with higher co-pays or higher monthly premiums.  Work requirements have been largely criticized by health advocates as being counter to the aim of Medicaid expansion.