HEALTH CARE, TAXES TOP LEGISLATIVE BATTLES

Taxes on food and cigarettes, health care costs and organized retail theft are some of the hot-button issues being debated in state legislatures this year.In addition to the "fair share" health care legislation that passed in Maryland already this year (see Page 4), several other states also are expected to see similar introductions in their legislature. Other key regulatory issues expected to be

Taxes on food and cigarettes, health care costs and organized retail theft are some of the hot-button issues being debated in state legislatures this year.

In addition to the "fair share" health care legislation that passed in Maryland already this year (see Page 4), several other states also are expected to see similar introductions in their legislature. Other key regulatory issues expected to be introduced in some of the most highly populated states follows.

In California, o

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