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Wilderness Society: Congress Should Strike MVP Provision From Fiscal Responsibility Act
WASHINGTON, June 1 (TNSgov) -- The Wilderness Society issued the following news release on May 31, 2023:

Congress is expected to vote on the "Fiscal Responsibility Act" later today. In response, the following quote can be attributed to Lydia Weiss, Sr. Director of Government Relations at The Wilderness Society:

"The inclusion of a provision to fast track the disastrous Mountain Valley Pipeline project must be rejected by the Senate. The Mountain Valley Pipeline would carry gas hundreds of miles across Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, scarring forests, destroying habitat and leaving ... Show Full Article

Public Interest Law Firm Applauds Oregon Lawmakers for Passing Bipartisan Homemade Food Bill, Encourages Gov. Kotek to Sign Into Law
ARLINGTON, Virginia, June 1 (TNSgov) -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release:

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Tim Knopp, that would expand the state's cottage food industry, allowing at-home food producers a better chance to earn an honest living. The Institute for Justice (IJ), the nation's leading advocate for cottage food producers, applauds the passage and encourages Gov. Tina Kotek to sign the bill into law.

Cottage food producers are entrepreneurs who sell shelf-stable homemade foods, such as cakes, cookies and jam. Some do so to supplement ... Show Full Article

First Focus on Children: Statement - Budget Deal 'Short-Sighted, Unfair and Fiscally Irresponsible,' Children's Advocate Says
WASHINGTON, June 1 (TNStalk) -- First Focus on Children, an advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions, issued the following statement on May 31, 2023:

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First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley released the following statement in response to the debt-ceiling deal making its way to the House floor:

"We are relieved that the nation seems to be on a path to avoid default and its disastrous economic consequences. But make no mistake: The process led to a legislative proposal that harms children. This proposal is ... Show Full Article

WASHINGTON, June 1 (TNSawa) -- Foreign Policy for America issued the following news release:

Foreign Policy for America is pleased to announce that it will present Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, with its Outstanding Community Leadership Award at its flagship annual Leadership Summit on June 12, 2023.

Oksana Markarova was appointed the Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States and arrived in Washington, DC on April 20, 2021. She served in Ukraine's Ministry of Finance from 2015-2020, First as deputy Minister and Government commissioner on investments and then as ... Show Full Article

Consumer Reports Urges Texas to Bolster Newly Passed Privacy Bill
AUSTIN, Texas, June 1 (TNSgov) -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release:

Consumer Reports calls on the Texas legislature to strengthen H.B. 4, a recently passed consumer data privacy bill.

The bill includes some important consumer rights, such as the right to know the information companies have collected about them, the right to correct and delete that information, and the right to limit some data disclosures through universal opt-out mechanisms. However, the bill only applies to businesses that sell personal information and are not a small business under the SBA definition, leaving ... Show Full Article

Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Require Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection
WASHINGTON, June 1 (TNStalk)(TNSrpt) -- The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety issued the following statement on May 31, 2023, by President Cathy Chase:

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to require automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection on all new passenger vehicles and light trucks, as required in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA, Pub. L. 117-58). Advocates commends Congress for including this requirement in the IIJA and Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth ... Show Full Article

HARTFORD, Connecticut, June 1 (TNStalk) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut issued the following statement on May 31, 2023:

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The Connecticut House of Representatives today voted to pass S.B. 1071, a bill to ban police from using deceptive interrogation tactics against children. The legislation now awaits action by Governor Lamont.

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The following is a reaction from ACLU of Connecticut public policy and advocacy director Claudine Constant:

"Children should be safe and protected everywhere, including when they're in a police interrogation room, facing down police who ... Show Full Article