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Welcome to our latest installment of Federalism in Action’s weekly series, Top 3 Local. Each Friday, we aim to spotlight three of the nation’s top stories featuring local people, making local decisions. You might call it “federalism in action.”

Read on for this week’s Top 3 Local stories. And if you have a story we should feature in next week’s post, send the good news to FIA@StateBudgetSolutions.org.

FOR MOTIVATION: Fighting Misguided E-Cig Regulations
A new study, published by State Budget Solutions, notes that switching to e-cigarettes (e-cigs) might yield dramatically improved health outcomes for today’s smokers. Healthcare costs should therefore markedly decline, as more smokers convert to e-cigs.

In contrast to patches and other forms of nicotine replacement therapy, e-cigs mimic the physical routine of smoking. The name “e-cig” is a bit of a misnomer, however. While e-cigs do contain nicotine, they do not burn tobacco – hence the expectation of diminished harm to users.

“To be sure, e-cigs are in the early stages of adoption and should be closely monitored for long-term health effects,” the study cautions. “However, given the long-term fiscal challenges facing Medicaid, the prospect of large e-cigs cost savings is worth a non-interventionist approach until hard evidence proves otherwise.”

FOR INSPIRATION: Nevadans Resist Federal Control of Land
As we’ve noted before, the federal government still owns roughly half the land in the American West – in contrast to a mere 5% east of Colorado. In Nevada, where nearly 70% of land is federally-owned, one lawmaker is seeking to wrest control away from Uncle Sam.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore of Las Vegas has drafted a measure that would ban federal management of land without authorization from Nevada’s legislature. Fiore’s bill would additionally deny the feds ownership of water rights in the state.

Sean Whaley of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has the full story here.

FOR FUN: Egg Hunts Around the Nation
The nation’s most famous Easter Egg Roll will be held this Monday at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s a tradition replicated, more commonly in the form of egg hunts, at governor’s mansions, city parks, and backyards around the country.

Photo Credit: L. Kenzel (CC BY 3.0)

Photo Credit: L. Kenzel (CC BY 3.0)

In Hoboken, New Jersey, Grace Community Church held its annual egg hunt on Saturday, drawing nearly 3,000 residents of the mile-square city. In addition to more than 15,000 hidden eggs, the event featured a variety of free games, arts and crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny.

“We look forward to this day every year,” Pastor Chris High told the Jersey Journal.

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