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State Senate Confirms New UTC Commissioner
OLYMPIA, Wash., March 24 -- The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission issued the following news release:

Last night, the Washington State Senate unanimously confirmed Jay Balasbas as commissioner of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Balasbas to a six-year term that runs until Jan. 1, 2023. Balasbas joins Chairman David Danner and Commissioner Ann Rendahl on the three-member panel.

Balasbas has been serving as senior budget assistant to the governor in the Office of Financial Management since 2012. He worked for the Washington ... Show Full Article

Sen. Standridge Praises Parents, Other Supporters After State Board of Education Approves Norman Charter School
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 24 -- The Oklahoma Senate issued the following news release:

State Sen. Rob Standridge applauded the State Board of Education's decision Thursday to approve a proposed French immersion charter school in Norman. The concept for the charter school came about after the French immersion program at Reagan Elementary in Norman was cut. Parents of students who were thriving in the program worked tirelessly to continue the school's mission through a charter school, the Le Monde Internal School. Standridge was among those supporting the application.

"We are thrilled that LeMonde ... Show Full Article

Rep. Taylor Names MARTOC Subcommittee Chairs
ATLANTA, March 24 -- The Georgia House of Representatives issued the following news release:

State Representative Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody), Chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee (MARTOC), today appointed the following members as MARTOC subcommittee chairs:

*Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Atlanta) will chair the Governance Subcommittee;

*Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) will chair the Information Technology and Infrastructure Subcommittee;

*Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven), who was recently appointed to MARTOC by Gov. Nathan Deal, will chair the Public Safety Subcommittee.

"I ... Show Full Article

Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program Tops 200,000 Acres
ST. PAUL, Minn., March 24 -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued the following news release:

Over 200,000 acres of Minnesota farmland is now enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The program marked the milestone today at Dave Lochen's Shore Acres Farm near Kimball in Stearns County. Shore Acres Farm is a beef cattle and diversified crop operation growing seed and sweet corn, soybeans, and wheat.

The MAWQCP is a voluntary program for farmers and landowners that protects the state's water resources. Since the Minnesota Agricultural Water ... Show Full Article

Governor Takes Action to Protect Taxpayers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 24 -- Gov. Bruce Rauner, D-Ill., issued the following news release:

In an effort to protect taxpayers, Governor Bruce Rauner today vetoed legislation that creates a five-year pension funding fiscal cliff for Chicago's municipal and laborer pension funds that will lead to increased taxes for residents in the City of Chicago in 2023 and beyond.

"This is another kick-the-can approach to pension funding that landed Chicago in fiscal crisis in the first place," Governor Rauner said. "This bill will create an unsustainable funding schedule that will lead to tax increases ... Show Full Article

Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp. Rate Case: Consumer Comments Invited
INDIANAPOLIS, March 24 -- The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor issued the following news release:

If you would like to comment on Eastern Bartholomew Water Corporation's requested rate increase, here's your chance.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting written consumer comments on the utility's request through May 9, 2017. The OUCC, the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), is scheduled to complete its review of the utility's request and file testimony on May 16, 2017.

Eastern ... Show Full Article

A Plan to Bring More Teachers to Colorado Classrooms
DENVER, March 24 -- The Colorado House Democrats issued the following news:

A bill sponsored by Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, to create a plan of action to address the teacher shortage crisis in Colorado earned initial approval from the House this morning.

"This bill is really good for kids," said Rep. McLachlan. "It asks for a strategic plan to be completed to determine why teachers are not applying to teach in Colorado schools or applying for teacher education programs. The teacher shortage in Colorado has reached crisis mode. We need to do something about it - it's time to make a ... Show Full Article