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School districts across the country are having problems implementing a 2010 law that changed the guidelines for school breakfasts and lunches because of the rise in food prices, among other factors, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 aims to help reduce the level of childhood obesity in the United States and encourage healthier eating habits for young people. The law required school breakfasts and lunches to include more fruit, vegetables and whole grains...

The federal government will have 50 good examples of how to make its information more transparent, as it tries to meet requirements of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, which was passed by the U.S. Senate April 10.

Every state maintains a website that has at least “checkbook level” transparency for government spending as of last year. A recent report ...

April 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest

Since 1996, states have had the authority under federal law to require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing.In recent years, more and more legislatures have given serious consideration to using this authority, including a handful of states in the Midwest. Kansas and Minnesota are among the nine U.S. states with drug-testing laws already in place, and according to the Center for Law and Social Policy, at least 30 states considered bills last year (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and North Dakota among them).

Kamanzi Kalisa, a former director of Georgia’s Help America Vote Act, will lead The Council of State Governments’ Overseas Voting Initiative, an effort to improve the election administration of members of the military and other U.S. citizens living abroad.

 

March 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Illinois is in the process of becoming the latest U.S. state — and the second in the Midwest — to allow residents to purchase and use marijuana for medical purposes. Earlier this year, the state Department of Public Health issued proposed rules to implement legislation signed into law in 2013.
Nearly half of the U.S. states (including Illinois and Michigan) now have laws allowing patients with certain conditions to use marijuana for medical purposes.

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