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Arizona SB1062 -VETOED

An Arizona bill that was likely to have allowed some businesses to deny services to gays has been vetoed. Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona SB1062/HB2153, which would have allowed businesses to deny service based on religious beliefs. During her press conference about the veto, the governor said she had heard of no incident where …Read the Rest

Health Care Exchange – Choosing a Plan

Sixty-three percent of currently uninsured individuals are planning to get health insurance, according to a recent Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey. Many news and online sources offer guidance in choosing between plans. The HealthCare.gov page, “How do I choose Marketplace insurance?,” focuses on looking at costs. It explains the Marketplace identifiers …Read the Rest

Government Information Shut-down

The government shut-down means reduced or no access to government information and data. Websites such as federalregister.gov and regulations.gov are not being updated. There is no access to data.gov. The Government Printing Office’s FDSYS site is updating only Congressional materials and “documents necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with …Read the Rest

Gluten-Free Food Labels

On Aug. 2, 2013, the FDA issued a final regulation defining the use of the term “gluten-free” on food labeling, finalizing a rule first proposed on Jan. 23, 2007. The rule has an effective date of Sept. 4, 2013 and a compliance date of August 5, 2014 (almost nine years after a public meeting on …Read the Rest

Jury Instructions

The 18th Circuit Court of Seminole County, Florida, released the jury instructions in State v. George Zimmerman. The document is widely available via the internet, via Scribd (posted by ABC Action News), NPR, and various traditional media news websites. The NPR account reports that attorneys debated over nearly every sentence. The starting point for this …Read the Rest

A Source for State Policy Trends

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline is a daily news service focusing on trends in state policy. The service, incorporated into part of the PEW Charitable Trust’s website, presents stories by their staff writers and sorts and displays links to other internet news sources. The June 25th front page headlines included staff stories like “Medicaid for Inmates” and “$64 Billion in …Read the Rest