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Archive: February 12, 2014

PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) believes the worst thing about marijuana in Wisconsin is that it's illegal. She has introduced legislation to change that. Photo courtesy Rep. Sargent's office.

MADISON, Wis. - Since she introduced legislation to legalize marijuana possession and use late last month, state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, says her phone has been ringing constantly. "The majority of the calls that we have been receiving in my office since the introduction of this bill are n ...Read More

PHOTO: Missourians who have served time for drug offenses say they're being doubly punished by the state's lifetime ban on SNAP benefits, and hope lawmakers will act to repeal it. Photo credit:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri lawmakers have the chance to join 40 other states in lifting a ban that prevents anyone with a prior felony drug conviction from ever receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Johnny Waller Jr. of Kansas City acknowle ...Read More

PHOTO: The day before Valentine’s Day is Nonprofit Day at Maine's State House, aimed at warming the sometimes rocky relationship between lawmakers and nonprofit groups in the state. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine - On Nonprofit Day at the Statehouse, nonprofit leaders "make nice" with public officials to help increase awareness of their contributions to the state's economy and well-being. While the valentines are being exchanged, there are - as in any relationship - some rough patches. At the ...Read More

PHOTO: A new national Solar Jobs Census says jobs in the manufacturing, installation and development of solar energy projects grew 31-percent in Ohio between 2012 and 2013. Photo credit:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The sun is shining on Ohio when it comes to jobs in the solar power industry. According to a new national Solar Jobs Census, more than 3,800 Ohioans were working in the solar sector in 2013, a 31 percent increase from the year before. Christian Adams, a state associate for Environ ...Read More

PHOTO: The Jimenez family of Denver is one of an estimated 55,000 households that aren't currently eligible for a state child-care tax credit. Colorado lawmakers are debating whether to close that gap. Photo courtesy De Jimenez.

DENVER - Living on less than $25,000 a year, De Jimenez of Denver pays about $400 a month for child care for her daughter. Despite a lean budget and the financial demands of two other children, a glitch in the relationship between federal and state tax laws prevents her from receiving the state's ch ...Read More

PHOTO: Veterans in rural New Mexico may get better access to VA services if a new bill co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Tom Udall makes its way through Congress. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is co-sponsoring a bill that could improve access to health services for veterans living in rural areas. Udall spokeswoman Jennifer Talhelm said the "Rural Veterans Improvement Act" would benefit the estimated 6 million veterans who live in rural commun ...Read More

PHOTO: The debate over a law that requires Maryland's most populous jurisdictions to charge stormwater treatment fees has turned contentious, with opponents labeling it a “rain tax” - and an appeal bill is expected. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Stormwater has never been more visible politically in Maryland. A law that requires the 10 most-populated jurisdictions to charge fees to treat or naturally filter the runoff - which contains bacteria, feces, trash and sediment - is being debated, and legislation to modify the law ...Read More

PHOTO: Wildfires connected to climate change are one factor behind the ratings in the new League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard. Montana's delegation earned some of the highest, and lowest, numbers. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

BILLINGS, Mont. - Montana's congressional delegation earned some of the highest and lowest numbers on a new annual scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters. Members of Congress were rated on their 2013 votes in the House and Senate on bills connected to clean energy, wildlife issues and lan ...Read More

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