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THIS WEEK'S TOP STATE NEWS STORIES

from Stateline.org
Sept. 24, 2004

Stateline.org Weekly News Digest Sept. 24-30 Here are this week's top state news stories from Stateline.org reporters:

Politics:
Legislators' interests veiled from public, study says Nearly half of the states fail to provide the public with adequate information about legislators' financial and personal interests, according to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity, a watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.
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2004 Elections:
Election Day dawns weeks early in 30 states Thanks to an explosion of early-voting opportunities this election year, voters in a handful of states already might have cast their ballots for president by the time the first barbs of the presidential debate are exchanged. In a major shift, 30 states are offering voters a “no excuse” early-voting option this election cycle, compared to just 11 states eight years ago.
Article

2004 Elections:
Hot-button social issues cram state ballots Voters this November will tackle controversial issues that many statehouses couldn't resolve, including whether to ban gay marriage, boost the state minimum wage or have a lottery. Californians will have the longest list of ballot questions with 16.
Article

Environment:
Ohio tries to unclog courts by limiting asbestos suits Ohio's first-in-the-nation attempt to curb the tens of thousands of asbestos injury lawsuits filed in the state became law this month. But the battle over the controversial tort reform measure has just begun.
Article

Environment:
California targets cars to fight global warming California adopted the nation's first limits on automobile emissions to curtail greenhouse gases in a move that also will trigger tougher exhaust rules in seven East Coast states but likely will bring a legal challenge by the auto industry.
Article

Health care:
Study - Health costs for workers rising Health insurance premiums for workers in 35 states have risen at least three times faster than average earnings, according to a report released Sept. 28 by a liberal consumer group that advocates for affordable health care.
Article

Politics:
Legislators' interests veiled from public, study says Nearly half of the states fail to provide the public with adequate information about legislators' financial and personal interests, according to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity, a watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.
Article

Commentary:
Bush or Kerry - Any difference for America's states and cities? Neal Peirce looks at what's at stake Nov. 2 for America's states and cities. What would a second George Bush term portend for them? How would they fare if John Kerry's challenge succeeded?
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