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Texas Governor Abbott Appoints Bryan Daniel To Texas Workforce Commission
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Texas Governor Abbott Appoints Bryan Daniel To Texas Workforce Commission

Austin, TX (STL.News) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Bryan Daniel to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2025.  The commission is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas. Bryan Daniel of Georgetown is the executive director of the Office of the Governor Economic Development Division, and previously served as the chief administrator for the Texas Department of Agriculture Trade and Business Development Division. Daniel received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural communications and a Master of Science in agricultural education from Texas Tech University.
Illinois Governor Pritzker Requests Extension for State to Request Federal Disaster Declaration
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Illinois Governor Pritzker Requests Extension for State to Request Federal Disaster Declaration

Springfield, IL (STL.News) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker formally requested an extension from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the state to request a federal disaster declaration from this spring's devastating storms and floods.  In his request, the Governor stated that flood fighting, dewatering activities and emergency protective measures are still ongoing in some areas of the State.  There are areas of the state that remain inaccessible to residents and this continues to present life-safety issues for residents.  For this reason, the Governor requested a 30-day extension to submit the necessary documentation supporting a request for a federal disaster declaration. "This extension is necessary in order to get a clear and accurate picture of the extensive damage this ...
Illinois Governor Pritzker Signs New Law Giving Millions Relief from High Interest on Consumer Debt
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Illinois Governor Pritzker Signs New Law Giving Millions Relief from High Interest on Consumer Debt

Consumer Fairness Act Lowers Post-Judgment Interest Rate from 9% to 5%, Reduces Collection Timeframe by 9 Years Chicago, IL (STL.News) - Surrounded by consumer advocates at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed the bipartisan Consumer Fairness Act into law Monday, giving millions of Illinoisans relief from high interest on consumer debt. "Consumer debt is at an all-time high all across the United States, and there are millions of people, including too many Illinois families, who are struggling under unconscionable circumstances," said Governor JB Pritzker.  "Today, here in Illinois, we are giving real relief to those who are simply trying to pay off their debts, so they can end the cycle of debt they are trapped in." With one in three Illinois residents i...
Delaware Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Ban Plastic Bags, Reduce Litter
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Delaware Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Ban Plastic Bags, Reduce Litter

New Delaware Laws Will Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Create a Litter Investigation and Enforcement Fund WILMINGTON, DE (STL.News) - At the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary on Monday, Delaware Governor John Carney joined members of the General Assembly and environmental advocates to sign House Bill 130 and Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 5, two pieces of legislation aimed at confronting litter in Delaware.  Both new laws will help protect Delaware communities from litter, and protect Delaware’s environment and wildlife from the harmful effects of discarded waste. House Bill 130 will ban the use of single-use plastic bags and encourage a shift to reusable bags in Delaware.  Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 5 will address the problem of individuals dumping large quantities of tr...
California Governor Newsom Statement on Death of CAL FIRE Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov
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California Governor Newsom Statement on Death of CAL FIRE Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov

SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) - California Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the death of CAL FIRE Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov: “On behalf of all Californians, Jennifer and I extend our sincere condolences to CAL FIRE Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.  It’s the work of brave firefighters like Yaroslav that keep our communities safe, and we are deeply grateful for his service.” Firefighter Katkov, 29, of Escondido, suffered a medical emergency on Sunday while training with his engine crew.  He was transported to the Temecula Valley Hospital and passed away this morning. Firefighter Katkov began his career with CAL FIRE on August 18, 2018 as a seasonal firefighter.  He is survived by his father, mother, ...
Detroit casinos contribute $2.2 billion to fund Michigan K-12 education since state issued first license
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Detroit casinos contribute $2.2 billion to fund Michigan K-12 education since state issued first license

Detroit, Michigan casinos contribute $2.2 billion to fund Michigan K-12 education since state issued first license 20 years ago Detroit, MI (STL.News) - The Detroit commercial casinos have contributed more than $2.2 billion to Michigan’s School Aid Fund for K-12 education since the Michigan Gaming Control Board issued the first commercial casino license to MGM Grand Casino Detroit on July 28, 1999. The entire state tax on Detroit commercial casino wagering — 8.1 percent of the casinos’ net win — supports statewide K-12 classroom education.  Net win represents the casinos’ gross receipts less winnings paid to wagerers.  The Detroit casinos also pay the City of Detroit a 10.9 percent wagering tax on net win. “More than 20 years ago, Michigan lawmakers created a system for the Michigan Gami...
California Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Appointments
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California Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO, CA - California Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments: Stewart Knox, 51, of West Sacramento, has been appointed undersecretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.  Knox has been executive director of the California Employment Training Panel since 2014.  He was director of health and human services for Nevada County in 2014 and director of economic and workforce development for San Mateo County from 2013 to 2014.  Knox was director of the Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium from 2008 to 2013 and executive director of the North Central Counties Consortium from 2006 to 2008.  He was director of workforce for the City of Glendale from 2004 to 2006 and for Yuba Community College from 1997 to 2004.  This position does no...
Judge Finds Tim Eyman in Contempt Over New Discovery Violations in Washington State AG’s Campaign Finance Lawsuit
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Judge Finds Tim Eyman in Contempt Over New Discovery Violations in Washington State AG’s Campaign Finance Lawsuit

Eyman has been in contempt on previous issues since February 2018 OLYMPIA, WA (STL.News) - A Thurston County Superior Court judge today found initiative promoter Tim Eyman in contempt a second time in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit.  Eyman and/or his company, Watchdog for Taxpayers, have been in contempt on separate discovery violations for 525 days, racking up sanctions of $211,750. Judge James Dixon found Eyman in contempt today because of Eyman’s refusal to disclose complete information related to hundreds of thousands of dollars of payments he solicited from individual donors, despite an order compelling him to provide the information.  This information was originally due Jan. 24, 2019, and the special discovery master ordered him to produce the information b...
State Department News: Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono
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State Department News: Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono

Washington DC (STL.News) - The US Department of State released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: ? Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono reaffirmed their shared commitment to the goal of the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance.  The Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to working with the Government of Japan, a steadfast ally, across a broad agenda of regional and global issues.
New Jersey Acting Governor Oliver Signs Legislation Promoting Equal Pay, Gender Equity
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New Jersey Acting Governor Oliver Signs Legislation Promoting Equal Pay, Gender Equity

TRENTON, NJ (STL.News) - Friday, New Jersey Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver signed A1094 into law, which will prevent employers from asking about workers’ wage and salary history.  In Governor Murphy’s first official act after being sworn into office in January 2018, he signed an executive order combating gender inequality and promoting equal pay for women in New Jersey by banning this discriminatory practice in state government. “Since day one, the Murphy Administration has been committed to closing the gender wage gap. Governor Murphy’s first executive order promoted equal pay across state government and prohibited prospective employees from being asked their salary histories,” said Acting Governor Sheila Oliver.  “I am proud to sign this bill today for our women, children and families...
Texas Governor Abbott Appoints 14 To Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors
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Texas Governor Abbott Appoints 14 To Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors

Austin, TX (STL.News) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Paula Anthony-McMann, Ph.D., Victoria Ai Linh Bryant, Pharm.D., Shannon Calhoun, Lourdes Cuellar, Salil Deshpande, M.D., Emily Hartmann, Kenneth James, Jerome Lisk, M.D., Leticia Rodriguez, Jonathan Sandstrom Hill, Siobhan Shahan, and Carlos Vital, M.D. to the Texas Health Services Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on June 15, 2021.  Additionally, the Governor reappointed Calvin Green and Jeffrey Hoogheem to serve as ex-officio members for terms set to expire on June 15, 2021.  The Texas Health Services Authority is responsible for coordinating the implementation of health information exchange (HIE) in Texas. Paula Anthony-McMann, Ph.D. of Tyler is the Chief Strategy Officer for UT Health East Texas.  Sh...
Iowa News: FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities
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Iowa News: FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities

Des Moines, IA (STL.News) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has received word that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made additional assistance available to public entities and nonprofits in six counties impacted by severe weather between March 12 and June 15. Appanoose, Davis, Henry, Lucas, Monroe, and Wayne counties have been added to a disaster declaration issued by President Trump on March 23, 2019, making them eligible to apply for the federal Public Assistance Program. Public entities and nonprofits in these counties are now eligible to apply for funding for emergency work and protective measures, along with assistance for permanent work, including repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, through the Public Assistance Program. Prior to these additions, 74 c...
Colorado Announces New Health IT Roadmap Funding With Federal Funds
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Colorado Announces New Health IT Roadmap Funding With Federal Funds

DENVER, CO (STL.News) - The State of Colorado will receive $64 million in federal funds for the planning and implementation of the state’s Health IT Roadmap and to invest in Health IT infrastructure and tools over Federal Fiscal Years 2019 - 2021. “We are laser focused on lowering the cost of health care for Colorado families,” said Governor Jared Polis.  “Technology in health care is a big piece of lowering costs and this funding will go a long way toward implementing the Health IT Roadmap and streamlining the industry.” Infrastructure investments ensure clinicians have the right access to health information about their patients at the right time to ultimately reduce medical errors; reduce the amount of unnecessary tests, labs, and procedures; and, improve the health of their patients a...
Colorado Governor Jared Polis orders flags lowered to honor Sergeant Major James Sartor
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Colorado Governor Jared Polis orders flags lowered to honor Sergeant Major James Sartor

DENVER, CO (STL.News) - Colorado Governor Jared Polis today ordered the United States and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, July 27, 2019, to honor Sergeant Major James Sartor. Sergeant Major Sartor died of injuries sustained from small arms fire on July 13, 2019 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado. Services will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Michigan calls for more federal support in combatting PFAS contamination
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Michigan calls for more federal support in combatting PFAS contamination

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) - The head of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) today testified before Congress calling on the federal government to provide additional resources to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment, MPART Executive Director Steve Sliver outlined Michigan’s $50 million effort over the past two years to investigate and clean-up PFAS contamination caused by manufacturing facilities and military bases across the state and to protect the public from high levels of these contaminants in drinking water. “Michigan is engaged in all these efforts with very little support from the federal government, Sliver said.  “USEPA has not esta...
California Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Appointments 7.24.19
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California Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Appointments 7.24.19

SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) - California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced the following appointments: Kelly Pfeifer, 52, of San Francisco, has been appointed deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services at the California Department of Health Care Services.  Pfeifer has been director of high-value care at the California Health Care Foundation since 2014.  She was chief medical officer of San Francisco Health Plan from 2008 to 2014, medical director at Petaluma Health Center from 2003 to 2008 and medical director for access at the Redwood Community Health Coalition from 2006 to 2008.  She practiced as a family physician at Petaluma Health Center from 2000 to 2017.  Pfeifer has been a volunteer physician at Planned Parenthood Great Plains since 2017.  She compl...
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Requests Federal Review of Damage Assessments
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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Requests Federal Review of Damage Assessments

Documentation Could Support Request for Federal Assistance Springfield, IL (STL.News) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Tuesday formally requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with damage assessments in 30 Illinois counties devastated by extensive river flooding dating back to as early as February 2019.  The assessments, which will begin on July 29, will provide the documentation necessary to support a request for federal assistance.  This joint damage assessment will include personnel from FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Officials will be reviewing damage to homes, businesses, roads, levees and other critical infrastructure items. "Local damage assessments have identified countless homes, busines...
Arizona Awarded $90 Million Federal Grant To Expand I-17
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Arizona Awarded $90 Million Federal Grant To Expand I-17

Grant Will Bolster Improvements North Of Phoenix Starting By 2021 PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) - The Governor’s Office and the Arizona Department of Transportation Monday announced Arizona has won a highly competitive $90 million federal highway grant to help expand and improve Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, including a flex lanes system between Black Canyon City and the Sunset Point Rest Area. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant, awarded to the Arizona Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway Administration, will be used as part of an estimated $320 million project to add lanes along 23 miles of I-17 between Anthem Way and Sunset Point. Construction is scheduled to begin by 2021 and be completed in 2023. “This is exciting news for Arizona and our growing econom...