Wednesday - April 24, 2019
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New Style of Conservation Spans Kentucky and Tennessee Border
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, April 24 -- The Nature Conservancy issued the following news, dated April 22:

Lexington, KY, and Nashville, TN - On April 18, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced it has arranged the acquisition of 100,000 acres of working forestland in the globally significant Central Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. The property, known as "Ataya," represents one of the largest land conservation and ecological restoration projects TNC has targeted in the Central Appalachians. The transaction included approximately two million tons of carbon offsets eligible ... Show Full Article

National Housing Conference Statement on HUD's Undocumented Immigrant Policy
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- The National Housing Conference, a 501(c)3 non-profit that educates decision makers and the public about housing policies and practices, issued the following news release, dated April 22:

The National Housing Conference (NHC) strongly opposes recent moves by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue a proposed rule that would divert limited public housing resources towards evicting undocumented family members from public housing.

"HUD is in the housing business, not the un-housing business. It's a tremendous distraction of resources when HUD is struggling ... Show Full Article

NCOIL President Announces Four Part Legislative Staff Training
MANASQUAN, New Jersey, April 24 -- The National Conference of Insurance Legislators issued the following news release, dated April 22:

In collaboration with The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)is pleased to announce a newfour-part"Fundamentals of Insurance for Legislative Staff" training program.

"An NCOIL staff training programin collaboration with The Institutes Griffith Foundation isa natural extension of the work we've done together to educatelegislators" said LA. Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, NCOIL President. "Like myself, ... Show Full Article

NCL Statement on Florida Drug Importation Legislation
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- The National Consumers League issued the following news release, dated April 22:

As the nation's pioneer consumer organization, the National Consumers League (NCL) strongly supports consumer access to safe, effective, and affordable prescription drugs. However, NCL is concerned that the new Florida legislation currently being contemplated, House Bill 19, which would allow for imported prescription drugs from Canada to be sold in Florida, would make the public vulnerable to counterfeit and/or substandard drugs, putting patient health and safety at risk.

Counterfeit medications ... Show Full Article

Minnesota State High School League Agrees to Settlement in 'Girls Only' Dance Team Rule
MAPLEWOOD, Minnesota, April 24 -- The Pacific Legal Foundation issued the following news release, dated April 22:

The Minnesota State High School League has agreed to permanently rescind its discriminatory rule that kept Dmitri Moua and Zach Greenwald sidelined during high school dance competitions. The League's move comes in the wake of a preliminary injunction recently issued by a federal appellate court against the enforcement of its bylaws that declare competitive dance a "girls only" sport.

"We are extremely pleased with the League's decision to rescind the discriminatory rule," said PLF ... Show Full Article

Colorado's Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program Gets Green Light
DENVER, Colorado, April 24 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following news release, dated April 22:

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- Colorado Lawmakers Take Steps to Reduce the Burden of Cancer in Colorado by Renewing Treatment Program for 10 Years

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The Colorado House of Representatives today passed House Bill 1302 to reauthorize Colorado's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Program through 2029. The bill has enjoyed strong bipartisan support, passing the House with a vote of 52-12 and now awaits Senate action. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network ... Show Full Article

Californians Are Divided on Charter Schools
SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 24 -- The Public Policy Institute of California issued the following news release:

LACK OF STATE K-12 FUNDING RAISES CONCERN, MOST SAY TEACHER SALARIES ARE TOO LOW

Californians have a split opinion on charter schools, with roughly equal shares supporting and opposing them. And while most believe that parents in low-income areas should have the option of sending their children to charter schools, there is a high level of concern that charter schools take state funding away from traditional public schools. These are among the key findings of a statewide survey released ... Show Full Article