Tuesday - April 7, 2020

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from U.S. foundations.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Statement From Richard Besser, MD, on Proposed Changes to USDA School Meal Nutrition Standards
PRINCETON, New Jersey, March 20 -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued the following statement by President and CEO Richard Besser in response to the Agriculture Department proposed rule on school meal nutrition standards:

"During this health crisis, we are seeing--perhaps more than ever--the importance of healthy school meals. At least 95,000 schools serving more than 43 million children across the United States have closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. But states and school districts are acting heroically to ensure that children still receive healthy, nutritious meals every day.

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Right to Work Foundation Asks NLRB to Enforce Cannabis Industry Workers' Rights Against State Schemes to Force Them Into Union Ranks
WASHINGTON, March 20 -- The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation issued the following news release:

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- Several states are attempting to use industry licensing as a pretense to impose forced union dues on workers in violation of federal labor law

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The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation called on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb to take action to protect workers subjected to forced unionism schemes interfering with workers' rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) through state licensing requirements showing up in states.

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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky: Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow - Legislature Adopts Tobacco 21 Bill
FRANKFORT, Kentucky, March 20 -- Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky issued the following news release on March 19:

Kentucky's House of Representatives adopted "tobacco 21" legislation; the bill already passed the Senate and will soon be headed to Gov. Beshear's desk. Senate Bill 56 would conform Kentucky statutes to the new federal law raising the legal age to purchase all tobacco products to 21; the bill also would remove status offense and other penalties on youth who purchase, use or possess tobacco products. Following is a statement from the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow:

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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Statement: Mental Health First Aid Bill Will Increase Training, Reduce Stigma
FRANKFORT, Kentucky, March 20 -- Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky issued the following news release:

A bill (House Bill 153) to establish a Kentucky Mental Health First Aid Training Program has passed the General Assembly and is on its way to the Governor's desk. HB 153 would help address the high rates of frequent mental distress, depression, suicide and drug deaths in the Commonwealth by training more persons to recognize the symptoms of a mental health or substance use disorder or crisis, provide initial assistance and refer individuals to appropriate professional help.Following is a statement ... Show Full Article

Buckeye Institute: New U.S. Fish & Wildlife Rule Will Help Rein In Overcriminalization
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 20 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release:

Andrew J. Geisler, a visiting legal fellow with The Buckeye Institute's Legal Center, filed public comments on Thursday in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed regulatory clarification that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act's criminal conduct and penalty provisions apply only to those intentionally harming migratory birds. This proposed clarification will help rein in overcriminalization.

Citing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Geisler pointed out the text of the Act makes it clear that only "intentional ... Show Full Article