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Supreme Judicial Court Announces New Committee to Study Grand Jury Proceedings
BOSTON, March 22 -- The Massachusetts Court System issued the following news release:

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced the creation of a Committee to Study Grand Jury Proceedings. The committee will report on the practices employed by the district attorneys and the Attorney General with respect to grand jury presentments, the reasons supporting the different practices, the substance of the instructions that grand juries receive, and any recommended best practices.

In a recent opinion, Commonwealth v . Bryan M. Grassie, 476 Mass. 202 (2017), the Supreme Judicial ... Show Full Article

Schlossberg Says Pawlowski Should Resign
ALLENTOWN, Pa., March 22 -- The Pennsylvania House Democrats issued the following statement by Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, regarding Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski:

"Today is another sad day in the history of Allentown, the latest in an ongoing saga that has stretched on for nearly two years.

"The people of Allentown deserve a mayor who can completely concentrate on improving their lives and governing the city. By staying in office, Mayor Pawlowski continues to deny the people of Allentown the full-engaged, honest government they deserve.

"This is particularly painful for me. For 10 ... Show Full Article

Petrarca Supports Bill to Help More Seniors Qualify for Vehicle Registration Fee Exemption
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 22 -- The Pennsylvania House Democrats issued the following news release:

State Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, voted in favor of legislation that would increase the annual income limit for retired people to qualify for vehicle registration fee exemption.

"Thousands more of Pennsylvania's retired residents would qualify to pay only $10 per vehicle per year, instead of the usual $36. This bill is welcome news; the income limit has not been raised for almost 20 years," Petrarca said.

Under H.B. 188, which was approved 186-11, any person ... Show Full Article

PA Agriculture Secretary Celebrates Pennsylvania Ag Week with Philadelphia School District Third Graders
PHILADELPHIA, March 22 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued the following news release:

Just in time for spring, Pennsylvania's agriculture secretary today joined students, teachers, community and business leaders at Fox Chase Farm and Elementary School to launch a new program that gives third-grade students in the Philadelphia School District hands-on exposure to growing food. The event was held in conjunction with Pennsylvania Agriculture Week.

"At the department, we're always trying to connect people to agriculture and to help them understand the origins of their food. ... Show Full Article

Mich. Gov. Snyder Issues Proclamation on Michigan Food and Agriculture Day
LANSING, Mich., March 22 -- Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, March signifies a national celebration of the importance of food and agriculture in the United States as it provides almost everything we eat and use each day. This month we recognize and celebrate the diversity and abundance provided by Michigan's 52,000 farmers and our growing food and agriculture sector; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan's farmers provide consumers with not only food and fiber on our 10 million acres of farmland, but they also lay the foundation for a dynamic food and agriculture industry, ... Show Full Article

Governor Abbott Reappoints Baer to the Office of Public Utility Counsel
AUSTIN, Texas, March 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release:

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Tonya Baer to the Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) for a term to expire February 1, 2019. OPUC provides professional representation to residential and small commercial utility consumers to ensure affordable and reliable utility services in the state of Texas.

Tonya Baer of Austin has served as the public counsel for the Office of Public Utility Counsel since October 2013. She previously served as assistant director and special counsel for the Radioactive Materials ... Show Full Article

A.G. Schneiderman Announces $540K Settlement with Retailer for Defrauding Over 250 Soldiers in NYS
WATERTOWN, N.Y., March 22 -- New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following news release:

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has secured a $540,000 settlement with Freedom Stores, Inc., and Freedom Acceptance Corp. (collectively, "Freedom Stores") a now-defunct retailer and financing firm based in Norfolk, Virginia, after the companies fraudulently charged hundreds of New York servicemembers who purchased consumer goods from Freedom Stores. The Attorney General's settlement will clear debt and judgments fraudulently charged to hundreds ... Show Full Article